Wednesday, 26 November 2014


I was in the City last Monday and it proved to be quite a wet and grey day, although quite muggy too. The good old Melbourne trams were doing a roaring trade as people used them to avoid a walk in the rain.

The Melbourne tramway network is a major form of public transport in Melbourne. As of May 2014, the network consisted of 250 kilometres of track, 493 trams, 25 routes, and 1,763 tram stops. It is the largest urban tramway network in the world, ahead of the networks in St. Petersburg (240 km), Berlin (190 km), Moscow (181 km) and Vienna (172 km). Trams are the second most used form of public transport in overall boardings in Melbourne after the commuter railway network, with a total of 182.7 million passenger trips in 2012/13.

Trams have operated continuously in Melbourne since 1884, with the opening of a horse tram line in Fairfield. Since then they have become a distinctive part of Melbourne's character and feature in tourism and travel advertising. Melbourne's cable tram system opened in 1885, and expanded to one of the largest in the world, with 75 km of double track. The first electric tram line opened in 1889, but closed only a few years later in 1894. In 1906 electric tram systems were opened in St Kilda and Essendon, marking the start of continuous operation of Melbourne's electric trams.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. I love our trams and use them to get to work in the City and to home. But I loved them more when they were green, gliding along St Kilda Rd, through the trees. Advertising is horrible.

  2. Despite it being rainy it appears from peoples clothes that it is still quite warm?


  3. Trams are so neat and useful. We do not have these in Chicago, Illinois but wish we did. Kewelopolis!
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

  4. Trams and light rail services are so civilized!


  5. How wonderful that it has been operating continuously, great transportation.

  6. I'd rather have rain than snow. ^_^ And wish we have trams here in the US!

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  7. Amazing how the wet highlights so many street colours. And I think our trams are such characters with all the fancy signage.


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