Unknown Tram Line in melbourne north sub

 
  Hitachi_178M Hitachi's Are Us

Location: Portland/Heywood/Hamilton
Brunswick and Holden Street looks like it ended at St.Georges Road anyone know where i can get pics from and when it stopped and why and where in 100% started from and ended at all please

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  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Brunswick and Holden Street looks like it ended at St.Georges Road anyone know where i can get pics from and when it stopped and why and where in 100% started from and ended at all please
"Brad6669"


Huh?

There was a tram line that ran along Holden St, if that's what you mean.  There's been a thread about it.
  Hitachi_178M Hitachi's Are Us

Location: Portland/Heywood/Hamilton
Brunswick and Holden Street looks like it ended at St.Georges Road anyone know where i can get pics from and when it stopped and why and where in 100% started from and ended at all please
"Brad6669"


Huh?

There was a tram line that ran along Holden St, if that's what you mean.  There's been a thread about it.
"ninthnotch"
that mite be it do you have a link on that at all please
  sueglossy Deputy Commissioner

Location: Preston
Interesting, Holden Street ( when it becomes Brunswick Road ) has got some old tram tracks leading east along Brunswick road off Lygon street at that intersection. Does anyone else know what I mean? Wink
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.
In the 1920s when the MMTB took over the tramways, the cable lines had access to all the main streets in the city. The Municipal tramways had to go where there was no cable line. The Melb, Brunswick & Coburg company ran trams down Sydney Rd to Moreland Rd then across to Lygon st coming down into the city to the top end of Swanston St. The Fitzroy Northcote and Preston Tramway came down St Georges Rd to Barkly st where the cable line ran down Brunswick St to the city. So they built the line  down Barkly St., Pilkington St, Holden St and Brunswick Rd so that their electric trams could also come down Lygon St to the top end of Swanston St.  When the cable lines in Royal Pde and Brunswick St were converted in 1935 and about 1929 respectively, the Brunswick Rd line was superfluous but for many years it had a shuttle service from Lygon St to St Georges Rd run by a single truck car. About the 1960's it was replaced by a Tramways bus   Hope this helps. A single track was left in Brunswick Rd Holden St for some years to facilitate cars from other depots being taken to Preston Workshops for repairs and maintenance
  Hitachi_178M Hitachi's Are Us

Location: Portland/Heywood/Hamilton
has anyone got any pics at all please
  sueglossy Deputy Commissioner

Location: Preston
That single track looks dismantled and obviously disused. I wonder when they'll remove it. It's ugly and makes the route 22 and 1's really rattle your bones. Crying or Very sad
  Chris Brownbill Chief Commissioner

has anyone got any pics at all please
"Brad6669"


Scanned from an old edition of "Destination City".

  Ben-P19 Chief Commissioner

Location: Greensborough, Vic
Well there ya' go I wasn't aware that bow collectors were ever used in Melbourne. Was the whole U class (or a number of classes) so fitted, or was this a one off test of some kind?
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
I don't think this would have been a test; I seem to recall other pics of the U class, and possibly others, with bow collectors.
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.
There were photos of one of the 2 X-class trams (Birney cars) fitted with a bow collector many years ago. Bow collectors were very bouncy causing a lot of arcing and sparking, although I suppose it really depended on the strength of the springs.
Apparently in the 1980's the MMTB used W2 tram 546 as a pantogrph testing car which was fitted with spotlights on the roof and CCTV to register the efficiency of four different types of pantographs on the overhead between Preston Workshops and West Preston terminus, which was the first section adapted for pantograph use.
So a lot of work must have been done to determine the best system to adopt before almost the whole of the Melbourne system was converted for pantograph use.
  edison Chief Commissioner

I think bow collectors were also used in Hobart. They cannot be "pushed" like the single-arm pantographs, and had to be pulled over to the trailing position by rope, momentarily pushing up the overhead wire to do so.
O/T, but did you know that on the experimental trolleybus line in Sydney, the terminus at Wylde St Kings Cross didn't have enough room for a balloon loop, so the buses did a 3-point turn. Tricky overhead, what?

Edison
  Byrnesy Minister for Railways

Location: Gone
I seem to recall that once back in about 1991 when a tram broke down just over Brunswick Road heading into the city along Lygon Street, it was driven into the stub of track heading off east along Brunswick Road. Whether that could still be done now, I don't know- is the electricity still connected to the overhead on that little section of track?
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Park Street siding is still in service and could be used in emergency.  The power is connected.

VicRoads recently applied a nice new coat of bitumen over the tracks there in error and were quickly obliged to remove same  Embarassed .

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