Incorrect a/c Timelines is also incorrect. There was no Spencer St Bridge
prior to this. The bridge was built with the capacity for tram tracks.
It was a ferry / punt prior to this.
Its' construction was long and involved, sorting out which council was going
to pay what, as there were many councils that had an interest in it. Of
course the MMTB would share the cost.
The negotiations were further complicated by how much the Melbourne Harbour
Trust could wring out of the situation for the loss of its' assets between
Spencer and Queens Bridge.
The figure of AUP 750 000? seems to ring a bell as the final settlement on
At this time Carendon St was widened and rebuilt. You will notice today that
all the quality buildings are on the west side, whereas on the east side
there is nothing memorable.
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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Re: W1.472 (Vic., from Russell via Jeff)
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> Something I didn't observe while scanning: there are no tracks continuing
> along Spencer St to the river bridge.
> Electrification Spencer St at Lonsdale St to Flinders St at Swanston St
> July 1927.
> According to timeline: tracks were placed in the rebuilt Spencer St bridge
> in 1929, but the Spencer St - Clarendon St route wasn't opened until 1937.
> That was a new build, not a rebuilt, and caused a cutback in shipping
> ability. IIRC it is the most restrictive of the Yarra bridges for boats.
> According to Wikipedia, the bridge was completed in 1930, not 1929.
> Flinders St into Spencer St: W1.472 turning in front of the fish market.
> c1932. (Russell Jones collection, via Jeff Bounds)
> Roderick B Smith
> Rail News Victoria Editor
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