Also, what does the run number GH 33 indicate?
Also, what is route number 64? destinations?
Can't help you with the dimensions of the Run plates, but each tram that is in service on the road is identified by its individual run number.Thanks very much - very interesting. Are the Run Plates still displayed in the current generation of trams?
The run number is known to the Depot Starter, Fleet controller and driver of the tram. The tram (usually?) keeps the same run number from the time it cars out of the depot till the time it cars in. The driver of the tram has to do his best to keep the tram on schedule to that particular run (keeping in mind traffic and loading conditions and that he has to obey all the road rules and tram driving rules and his duty of care to any person who may be effected by his actions) The table card the driver is doing notes the scheduled times of the particular run or runs he/she will be doing during the shift. That includes the time the tram has to leave the depot, its destination, the time it is scheduled to arrive there and its departure time and its next destination and eventually the time it returns into the depot. It also notes the 3 timing points between the 2 termini. The driver should not pass these timing points ahead of schedule.
Route number 64 indicates that the tram runs between East Brighton and Melbourne University. The route number is the same for trams heading in either direction.
The run plates were about 8" x 5" Approx. They ceased being used when the Automatic Vehicle Monitoring (AVM) system was introduced. The driver then had the run number displayed on the AVM monitor.
The only time I have noticed run numbers displayed recently is on the Grand Prix shuttle trams. These would be in the form of laminated A4 paper attached to the inside of the windscreen of the trams. Like the metal plates they would note the Prefix of the depot where the tram came from and the run number.
The letter signifies what depot the tram is running from and the number is the run number. P is for Preston.
Why dont you email Yarra Trams and ask them, those plates are old and i dont know if run 49 now is the same as run 49 when those plates were in use.
Thanks for the suggestion and a good idea but I doubt a large commercial concern would be interested in breaking into their archives (which probably don't exist anyway) on the basis of a casual enquiry from a tram fan.
I was hoping an enthusiast out there or retired/current/interested driver/connie may have some more information on it, whatever it was, the system must have operated for decades and someone might have a rough idea what the schedule/timetable was.
I am thinking it may also have something to do with those green boxes and special keys which used to be operated at strategic locations along the various routes.
Does Preston Depot still exist? Is it part of the workshops, adjacent to the workshops or nearby?
Now I am no expert but........
There are actually two tram depots in Preston there is one at 211 Plenty rd, this is I think the Plenty depot serving routes 86 112 then there is the large workshops at the corner of St George rd and Dundas st.