The unseasonable weather was supposed to turn seasonable later in the day, plus I had shopping to do so onto the 109 and into the City. With the sun, really bright I thought I'd look for some photo opportunities in what is turning into a series of unimaginative glass and steel canyons (does Australia no longer have architects with flair and care for the city environment? Obviously not).
Disembarked at Spencer Street and started walking westward towards what used to be Melbourne Yard a long time ago..... I got as far as Wurundgeri Way before spotting B2.2008 looming up behind me. Lo and behold W8.983 on a City Circle service was coming the other way.
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For those unfamiliar with the area, the ANL building is located on the south side of the Yarra to the east of the Charles Grimes bridge and is part of the South Wharf shopping, convention and hotel precinct. The next six towers are Mirvac-built residential towers located west of Montague Street between Lorimer Street and the Yarra, I believe is also called South Wharf.
As the trams crossed,I was able to photograph them with 983 now past 2008 yet both in the patch of sunlight. The former VR Goods Shed was in deep shadow so I didn't bother for a shot there (will go back late in day in summer - as an aside, it's a pity it wasn't converted into a Tram Museum - it would have been perfect location, close to city for visitors and on the City Circle to be able to run heritage trams from time to time).
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Short time later A1.246 heading towards the City on a 70 Wattle Park service...... no Es here today according to TramTracker, mores the pity). In the background is the Spanish style "Mission to Seafarers" building built in 1917 to provide Christian services to seafarers far from home:
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I walked back to Flinders Street West to board the next tram which happened to be B2.2095 heading for Vermont South arriving through an autumnal archway:
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Detrammed at Elizabeth Street and walked up to Lonsdale Street. I took quite a few photos but not happy with the composition and/or (lack of) light). However, the sun was bright on the Michael's corner. Michael's Camera Store has been a fixture here for over 100 years and has recently succumbed to the pressure of online retailing killing off conventional "bricks and mortar" retailing. Here's B2.2094 heading for Airport West:
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And now for something completely different: I don't normally do portrait shots of trams, but here's an unknown Z3 northbound in Elizabeth Street crossing Lonsdale Street. Taken from the overbridge between Emporium (formerly Myer) and Melbourne Central (formerly Daimaru - which tells you how long it's been since I've been here <g!>). Where did that big blue monstrosity come from? At least the Myer clock is still in place:
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From same place with an unknown B2. Mitchell House, an iconic Art Deco building built in the 30s to house the Mitchell Brushes company (see, there is a tram link - queue photos of the Mitchell Brushes freight tram). Fell into disrepair but lovingly restored and repurposed as a commercial building.
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I made my way up to Swanston Street and the State Library tram stop (stupidly called Melbourne Central Station stop; the shopping centre is not central and the tram and train stations are grossly misleading). A1.245 on a route 3a East Malvern service departs against a background of autumn foliage:
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D1.3521 departs the Library stop on a route 3 service to East Malvern.
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I walked up to La Trobe Street: now this was a serendipitous surprise: 2019 Art Tram D2.5002 eased round the curve from La Trobe Street in Swanston Street (not in service of course). Could it be heading back to Preston to be restickered either into Yarra Trams Crystal Swamp or a 2021 Art tram (first release of the next tranche of art trams is only a couple of weeks away). Again massive new skyscrapers in the background, while the work site of the crane is for the Melbourne Metro tunnel:
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I thought this was going to be a non-E day, but here's E.6036 crossing Swanston Street heading for St Vincent's Plaza. The ugliness of what passes for architecture, especially opposite the graceful State Library, is depressing.
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A1.256 on a "Not Taking Passengers" service heads south along Swanston Street: most of these As look quite weatherbeaten and in need of some maintenance and paint, but maybe they're to be replaced by the thus-far mythical F class. The conical structure in the background encloses the shot tower, a central feature of the shopping centre):
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You again! W8.983 clattered over the tram square heading down La Trobe Street:
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A brisk walk down Swanston Street saw me arrive outside Flinders Street just in time to catch and snap E2.6061 on a route 70a service crossing in front of Flinders Street station (the Victorian Arts Centre spire in the background). I hadn't consulted TramTracker for a couple of hours so the E must've been a later arrival to service: a pleasant surprise, nonetheless, and the road closures prevented vehicular photobombing:
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Having a few minutes to suss out a location, I photographed B2.2118 rattling over the tram square with the "Australia 108" super tall skyscraper (tallest in Australia) and the " Eureka" building to its right (third tallest building in Australia behind Queensland's Q1) towering over the station:
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There's always heavy tram traffic at this intersection and Z3.186 crosses D1.3515 with several other trams in the background:
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Clouds are starting to build as I walk across Princes Bridge and photograph Z3.199 inbound, the Victorian Arts Centre and spire on the left and Australia 108 and Eureka in centre background:
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Tiring now, I headed for home, a B2 along Flinders Street, then sat at Batman Park waiting for my 109. Tram gods had been so good to me today with the sun, the serendipity of spotting 5002 and one final bonus was E2.6090, one of the ten most recent deliveries I had missed on Wednesday, rolled into the stop. I rode it to Clarendon Junction and photographed it as it left the stop:
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Then a mad dash back to Clarendon Junction stop to catch my 109 home, the driver kindly waiting as I ran for the tram, although gonging at me tohurry up!
I hope you enjoyed my walking tram tour of Melbourne's CBD and have seen more than kust trams of our beautiful city.
Gallery at https://tinyurl.com/trams4me