Melbourne tram route 5
|Melbourne University - Malvern|
Melbourne CBD (Swanston St)
|Length||12.6 km (7.8 mi)|
|Annual patronage||4.1 million|
|Timetable||Route 5 timetable|
|Map||Route 5 map|
The origins of route 5 lie in separate tram lines, namely an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to St Kilda Junction and a number of electric lines from St Kilda Junction to Burke Road.
Cable trams first travelled from Queensberry Street, Carlton to Milton Street, Balaclava (just south of Carlisle Street), on 11 October 1888, with the line opened by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company.
The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust opened a line from Glenferrie Road, Malvern to Burke Road, Malvern East along Wattletree Road on 30 May 1910. A line was built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust, between Wattletree Road and the Sandringham railway line in Windsor along Glenferrie Road and Dandenong Road, opening on 16 December 1911. The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the Dandenong line a short distance from the Sandringham railway line to Chapel Street on 31 March 1912.
The Melbourne, Brunswick and Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, North Carlton to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon Street, Elgin Street and Madeline Street - as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known - on 31 October 1916.
On 27 December 1925, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted a small section of cable tram track along Wellington Street to electric traction, connecting the Dandenong Road line to St Kilda Junction. Another small section of track along Wattletree Road from Denbigh Road/Dandenong Road to Glenferrie Road was opened by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board on 24 June 1928, giving a more direct route from Burke Road to St Kilda Junction.
The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road cable line to electric traction between 1924 and 1926, with electric trams able to run to St Kilda Junction on 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length on 29 August 1926.
As part of the St Kilda Junction separation works, the Wellington Street section was abandoned for a new section of track along the newly created Queens Way on 4 November 1968.
Large sections of these lines make up what is today's route 5.
Route 5 operates from Melbourne University travelling south via Swanston Street, through the CBD, passing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Central station, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, City Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street station, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.
At St Kilda Junction, it descends to Queens Way, Windsor and heads east, at Chapel Street, Queens Way becomes Dandenong Road. It continues east passing through Prahran, Armadale, Malvern and Malvern East to its terminus at Burke Road.
Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops
- Facts & figures Yarra Trams
- Route 5 Yarra Trams
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