The Melbourne Tram Book

The Melbourne Tram Book

Language: English

Pages: 80

ISBN: 1921410493

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This new edition of The Melbourne Tram Book is a gloriously colorful and compact tribute to Melbourne’s famous and iconic trams, one of the city’s most enduring symbols. More than 200 photographs and illustrations show the trams in the streetscapes of today and yesterday.

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Melbourne Zoo. MelbTrams3rd.indd 65 Above This articulated tram was brightly painted for a proposed housing development at Port Melbourne, marketed under its original name of Sandridge. 65 8/09/2014 9:40 am 66 MelbTrams3rd.indd 66 Top left ‘Slip, slop, slap on sunscreen’ is No. 293’s bold message to sun seekers. Top Catch The Wizard of Oz tram to the Regent Theatre in Collins Street. Left Designer Lyndon McGauchie and fashion model Jaimie with the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Tram. Above

Brunswick, Preston, Kew, Camberwell, Malvern, Glen Huntly and Southbank. Maintenance is undertaken at depots; major repairs are undertaken at a large workshop in the northern suburb of Preston. This workshop is being partially converted to become an additional running 31 depot. 8/09/2014 9:37 am W6 class Length 14.17 metres Width 2.73 metres Height 3.16 metres Wheelbase 1575 mm truck wheelbase; 8534 mm between truck centres Wheel diameter 711 mm Motors Four 30 kW Tare 17.7 tonnes

MelbTrams3rd.indd 32 8/09/2014 9:37 am B1 and B2 classes Numbers 2001 to 2132 Length 23.63 metres Width 2.64 metres Height 3.70 metres Wheelbase 1800 mm truck wheelbase; 17 000 mm between outer truck centres Wheel diameter 660 mm Motors Two 195 kW Tare 34 tonnes Seats 76 Builder Commonwealth Engineering Pty Ltd (Comeng) and ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB), Dandenong, Victoria The B series were ordered for use on the former broad gauge suburban electric railway lines to St Kilda and Port

mid-20th century, Melbourne had the foresight to buck the trend. More recently, the fleet of trams has been renewed and the system extended. Perhaps it was this determination to stick with trams, against the fashion of the time, that led to the affection many Melburnians have for them. From time to time, issues affecting the trams have stirred strong public interest: ticketing, crewing and the retention of older trams have been major topics of public debate. Trams have featured in Moomba parades

transformed into zany designs attracted large crowds. Trams from other cities, near and far, also captured the interest of the locals. Left Half a world away from its home city, this 70-year-old veteran from Milan provides a memorable outing for members of Melbourne’s Italian community as it journeys around the City Circle. Below left A long way from sand and surf, a ‘Bondi Tram’ from Sydney crosses Princes Bridge. Below right Right of way would be assured by this colourful design. 50

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