State Library Victoria Victoria’s early horse trams
In 1884 Melbourne’s first tramway- a horse tramway in Fairfield- was built to promote land sales in the area (100 years of Melbourne’s trams, pg 1). Two horses pulled a carriage containing… Read More ›
Melbourne Tram Museum: The Tram Through the Park - the origins of the West Coburg tramway
The defining characteristic of the West Coburg tramway is its meandering route through Royal Park and the suburbs to its north. The final route was the result of complex negotiations with landowners and park trustees.
Melbourne Tram Museum: Tramway substation architecture in Melbourne
The infrastructure required to supply electric power to Melbourne's trams is usually overlooked by the travelling public. Few notice the anonymous substation buildings along or near tram routes. Find out how their architecture evolved from statements of civic pride and corporate strength into a desire for invisibility, through a century of change in both technology and society.
Melbourne Tram Museum: Holier Than Thou - the battle for Sunday morning trams
When trams came to Melbourne in 1885, they did not run on Sunday mornings, to respect the sanctity Lord's day. There things stayed for over five decades, until one man defied the Christian establishment.