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Melbourne Tramway Photographs

Melbourne's trams survived a concerted blitz by the motoring lobby in the 1960s to rid Australia of its trams. All the the other major cities in Australia, bar Melbourne, were persuaded that trams were an unnecessary clutter to the motoring public. Unfortunately, the congestion of the 80s and 90s came too late for the powers that be to learn the basic rule of transport: the heavier and more dedicated the mode of transport, the more efficient it is.

So while for some 30 years Melbourne was laughed at by other states for its trams, now the smiles are on the other side, for all cities are regretting their short-sighted actions, and some have gone so far as to start reinstalling light rail (e.g., Sydney). The Melbourne tram network is second-to-none in the world, with over 220 route kilometres of track.

See also David Hoadley's comprehensive page on Melbourne's tram system, and the very useful tram data at VicSig's Tram Page

C class (aka N class)

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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18603
  • Description : N122 (originally HTT-16, at MMTB takeover became N122, in 1928 re-designated C122, in 1947 sold to the SECV and became Geelong No. 32, and later Bendigo's 3rd No. 3), preserved as MMTB No. 122 at the Bendigo Tramways


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18604
  • Description : C122 "on tour" down Bendigo's High Street (Calder Highway) late 1992.


W class

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  • Date : Oct 1979, catalogued 22 Nov 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8063
  • Description : W241 trundles along the centre reservation of Dandenong Road, near Armadale.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 02 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17473
  • Description : W808 heads north along St Kilda Rd near the Victorian National Gallery.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 02 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17471
  • Description : A W class in garish advertising trundles past the Victorian National Gallery in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.


W2 class

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  • Date : Oct 1988
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17743
  • Description : W2 class training tram 380 pauses at the terminus of route 1, East Coburg.


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  • Date : Feb 1989, installed 07 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17769
  • Description : W2 class tram number 380 poses in the central reservation of Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.


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  • Date : 03 Sep 2005, catalogued 06 May 2007
  • Photographer : barry
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Trains/IMGP0328.JPG
  • Description : ex-Melbourne W2 class tram number 392 at the Glenreagh Tourist Railway, where it operates with a "generator car" behind it, due to a lack of overhead wiring!


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  • Date : Feb 1989
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17751
  • Description : W2 class tram number 510 moves out of the South Melbourne depot.


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  • Date : Feb 1989, installed 07 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17766
  • Description : W2 class tram rounds the coner of William and Collins Streets, Melbourne.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17731
  • Description : W class trams 380 and 510 admired at the South Melbourne depot by the author's son.


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18601
  • Description :
    The tram on the left is MMTB C class, originally built for the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust (PMTT) as PMTT-45, reclassified as E-45 when taken over by the MMTB, and then further reclassified by the MMTB in 1928 as C-45. It was acquired by the Bendigo tramways in 1951 and renumbered 18.
    The centre tram is a Hawthorn Tramways Trust (HTT) vehicle, originally number 17, but on take over by the MMTB became N class number 123. In 1928 it was reclassified as C-123, and then sold to Bendigo tramways in 1945, where it became their number 23.
    The car on the right is an MMTB SW2-275 (sliding door W2 class), acquired by Bendigo tramways in 19??.


W3 class

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  • Date : 24 Jun 2001, catalogued 26 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 2001-07-30
  • Description : Preserved W3 class 667 at the Victorian Tramway Museum, Bylands


W5 class

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  • Date : Feb 1989
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17759
  • Description : W5 unit 743 negotiates a temporary "shoefly" track at Sturt St South Melbourne, during construction of the City Link Domain Tunnel.


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  • Date : 24 Jun 2001, catalogued 26 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 2001-07-29
  • Description : Preserved W5 class 782 at the Victorian Tramway Museum, Bylands


Y1 class

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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17736
  • Description : From the driver's position in vintage tram Y1 class 613, you can see the more modern Z3 class 178 at the East Brunswick line terminus.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17739
  • Description : A Hitachi suburban passenger rail set passes above vintage tram Y1 613 at Parkville.


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  • Date : Oct 1988
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17740
  • Description : End of route for 613 at the north end of Swanston St, and the conductor pulls down the pole at the new leading end, while the driver has already done the complementary operation for the opposite end.


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  • Date : Oct 1988
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17745
  • Description : Y1 class tram number 613 poses in the reserved right-of-way in Royal Park, Melbourne.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17737
  • Description : Vintage tram Y1 613 passes Z1 92 at the rail overpass near the Royal Melbourne Zoo.


Z1 class

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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17737
  • Description : Vintage tram Y1 613 passes Z1 92 at the rail overpass near the Royal Melbourne Zoo.


Z2 class

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  • Date : Feb 1989, installed 07 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17776
  • Description : Z2 class tram in the Koorie colour scheme at Brunswick depot.


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  • Date : Feb 1989, catalogued 08 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17778
  • Description : A Z2 class tram in Koorie colours at Brunswick depot.


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  • Date : Feb 1989, catalogued 08 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17779
  • Description : An even more dramtic picture of the Koorie tram.


Z3 class

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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17736
  • Description : From the driver's position in vintage tram Y1 class 613, you can see the more modern Z3 class 178 at the East Brunswick line terminus.


A2 class

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  • Date : Feb 1989
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17755
  • Description : A2 class car number 299 at the Port Melbourne terminus. Note the gauge narrowing used at the end of the track, where the new 4'8.5" tram gauge reverts to the old unconverted broad gauge heavy rail system.


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  • Date : Feb 1989, installed 07 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17761
  • Description : A2 class trams 285 and 266 cross each other on the Port Melbourne line.


B2 class

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  • Date : Feb 1989, catalogued 15 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17732
  • Description : An articulated B2 class tram number 2007 shows off in the South Melbourne depot to some young admirers.


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  • Date : Feb 1989
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17757
  • Description : B2 unit 2007 cross the old heavy rail bridges across Montague St, South Melbourne.


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  • Date : Feb 1989, installed 07 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17762
  • Description : The Melbourne CBD skyline forms a dramatic background to this view of articulated B2 class tram 2007 as it rounds the bend under Graham Street. This track was converted from heavy rail 5'3" gauge to 4'8.5" gauge for the trams, but the scene has changed yet again. The tram line has been cut back further to the other side of the bridge.


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  • Date : Feb 1989
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17752
  • Description : B2 articulated car number 2007 heads south to Port Melbourne, crossing with A2 class number 266 at South Melbourne, near the start of the old heavy rail catenary structure.


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