Re: Re: Russell St [Was: Glenhuntly - 1957 and 2017]
  Dudley Horscroft

Was Melbourne's cable tram track in good order despite age because of the low axle load of the cable cars?


Dudley Horscroft
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From: "Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder]" TramsDownUnder@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:27 PM
Subject: Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Russell St [Was: Glenhuntly - 1957 and 2017]

> On 17/05/2017 8:20 PM, [TramsDownUnder] wrote:



>> 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?


> Yes - and it was the second last line to close (counting the two Bourke

> St services as 'one line'.)


>> 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.


> 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.


> 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.


> Mal Rowe - thinking about a piece of writing about Melbourne track

> construction down the years