Camberwell tram depot

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Camberwell tram depot
Camberwell tram depot shed, 2011
Camberwell tram depot shed, 2011
Overview
Location 8 Council Street, Hawthorn East
Operator Yarra Trams
Opened December 1929 (1929-12)
Details
Roads 9 (all in sheds)
Rolling stock 19 A2-class
23 B2-class
Routes 70, 75

Camberwell tram depot is located at 8 Council Street in Hawthorn East,[1] a suburb of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. It was opened in December 1929, is operated by Yarra Trams and is one of the eight tram depots of the Melbourne tram system.[2]

History[edit]

In July 1928 the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB) approved the acquisition of a number of properties on Camberwell Road, west of Camberwell Junction, in preparation for the construction of a new tram depot.[3] A tender for £31,990 to construct the depot was accepted on 1 November 1928 by the MMTB,[4] with the depot opening in December 1929.[5][6] The opening of Camberwell depot ushered in a multitude of operational changes in the eastern part of the tram network, including extended hours of tramway operation.[5][7]

Traffic lights were installed on Riversdale Road, at the entrance to Camberwell depot in 1948, to increase safety. The traffic lights were a response to a large number of near misses, and were activated by trams.[8]

Layout[edit]

Camberwell depot offices and staff rooms, 2011

Camberwell tram depot has 9 roads, all of which are covered by a single 115 foot single span roof. This is said to increase safety within the depot shed as there are no columns, while also providing better lighting. The depot shed is connected to Riversdale Road by a double track entrance. The staff facilities and offices are in an adjacent building.[1][9]

Rolling stock[edit]

Camberwell depot is home to a fleet of 19 A2-class trams and 23 B2-class trams.[1]

Routes[edit]

The following services are operated from Camberwell depot:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Camberwell Depot". VICSIG. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Facts & Figures". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "LAND FOR NEW TEAM DEPOT.". The Argus (National Library of Australia). 20 July 1928. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Tram Depot.". The Argus (National Library of Australia). 2 November 1928. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Changes in Running.". The Argus (National Library of Australia). 3 December 1929. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Between the Wars". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "IN THE SUBURBS. - Earlier Trams From Burwood.". The Argus (National Library of Australia). 21 December 1929. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "SAFETY LIGHTS AT TRAM DEPOT.". The Argus (National Library of Australia). 30 April 1948. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "COTMA Conference 1982 Melbourne - Camberwell Depot". Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Route 70". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Route 75". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°49′49″S 145°03′17″E / 37.8302°S 145.0548°E / -37.8302; 145.0548