transport

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

News and events, transport

Yarra Trams – by appointment

Maybe after tomorrow, this could be the new Yarra Trams logo? Update Wednesday 6:30pm: There you go, here's my best pic of the Queen in the tram. Not great I know; she was on the opposite side and facing the other way. Lots of pics at The Age and Herald Sun. Most amusing: Channel 9 had footage that showed during the Queen's ride, the royal tram got a Fleet Operations PA message ab