Melbourne’s tram fleet: accessibility and air-conditioning

Two seemingly unrelated things are occurring this week: Today, Saturday, is expected to be the hottest day of Melbourne's summer so far this season, with a forecast high of 42 degrees. And... the 60th E-class tram just came into service. We welcomed the new year in with the introduction of Melbourneโ€™s newest E-Class tram, entering service on New Yearโ€™s Day.

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“Step-free” doesn’t mean DDA-compliant

All of Melbourne's suburban railway stations have step-free access to the platforms. Except one: Heyington. To get to either platform involves steps. Heyington is set into the side of a hill. From the street you go down some steps to the citybound ("up") platform. Or if you want the outbound ("down") platform, that's down some steps, across a walkway, and then down some more steps. (The outb


What do you think of the Easy Access tram stop in Macarthur Street?

This is the new "Easy Access" tram stop in Macarthur Street. It's not the first of its type -- there's been one in Albert Park for some years. But it's the first on a moderately busy street, and it's claimed it could be the new model for providing accessible tram stops around Melbourne. I think it's got some advantages over platform stops, eg cost, and the layout is more suited to narrow


How many tram routes have low-floor trams?

By my count... (please flag in the comments if I mess it up) Most trams on routes: 96, 109 Some on routes: 5, 6, 8, 16, 48, 72, 112 None on routes: 1, 3/3a, 19, 30, 35, 55, 57, 59, 64, 67, 70, 75, 78/79, 82, 86, City Circle Some (minor routes) 24, 42 Some (minor routes not counted on Metlink site) 11, 31, 95 Total 30 routes; 16 have none (There are always exceptions to these r


Why a Z-class tram was used for the Queen’s visit

A lot of people have asked why a Z-class tram was chosen for the Queen's tram ride (rather than Melbourne's traditional and iconic W-class, for instance). Here's the answer: W and A-class trams don't have handrails in the middle of the doorways, which can be a big help for older people. B-class trams do, but they may not have wanted to take a high-capacity tram (or two; they had a spare) o


Not the Rome Metro

You're going to have to trust me on this because it doesn't show up well in the picture, but this train seen this morning said "ROME" on the back, instead of "METRO". Evidently someone had been re-arranging some of the letters By some freak occurrence, last week I found myself travelling on the Upfield line twice in two days -- including through Melbourne's only station named after a superher