Re: Re: Russell St [Was: Glenhuntly - 1957 and 2017]
From: Mick Duncan
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Gday Mal

Please write your article on track, a field not well covered

Cheers, Mick, another Track, OH and equipment voyeur

On 17/05/2017 9:27 PM, Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder] wrote:
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> On 17/05/2017 8:20 PM,mcloughlin.dj@... [TramsDownUnder] wrote:
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>> And so none of the cable lines not converted to electric trams from
>> the outset ever became electric lines, Bourke Street excepted. IIRC
>> the board was still hoping to electrify Johnston Street (and on to
>> Bulleen) well into the 1950s. Wasn't that the cable line (or one of
>> them) that fed into Russell St and Lonsdale St?
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> Yes - and it was the second last line to close (counting the two
> Bourke St services as 'one line'.)
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>> I still marvel that Melbourne's trams survived, given the high-level
>> hatred of them in the 1950s and 1960s and the wanton destruction of
>> the great Sydney system and the modern system in Brisbane, which had
>> newer trams than Melbourne when it was destroyed almost overnight in
>> 1969 in the biggest act of civic vandalism in Australian history.
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> It's a common and probably valid belief that one of the key factors in
> the survival of Melbourne's trams was in fact the cable trams.
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> Whereas Sydney and (to a lesser extent) Brisbane had a lot of old tram
> track that needed replacement in the 1960s, much of Melbourne's track
> was still in quite good order - much of it having been built 20 or 30
> years after the electric lines in other cities. Another contribution
> by the cable system was the concrete foundations they were built on -
> which were left in place to provide a very solid base for the electric
> trams.
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> Mal Rowe - thinking about a piece of writing about Melbourne track
> construction down the years
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