East Preston tram depot

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East Preston tram depot
Location Plenty Road, East Preston
Operator(s) Yarra Trams
Roads 13 (10 covered)
Rolling stock 3 A1-class
2 B1-class
51 B2-class
1 SW6-class
1 W6-class
15 E-class
Routes served 11, 86
Opened 26 June 1955
Closed April 2016

East Preston Tram Depot was a depot on the Yarra Trams network in Melbourne. It was located on Plenty Road, East Preston,[1] a suburb of Melbourne. It was opened in 1955 to service the reintroduction of trams to Bourke Street, is operated by Yarra Trams and was one of eight depots on the Melbourne tram system.[2]


The Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board made plans in 1938 for a depot in Preston, on the site later occupied by the now closed Preston & Northcote Community Hospital, but these were dropped due to congestion concerns. The current site was identified in the early 1950s, and opened on 24 June 1955, replacing the old Preston depot (also referred to as Thornbury depot). Its opening coincided with the reintroduction of tram services to Bourke Street; the former Bourke Street cable lines, Melbourne's last, had been converted to bus operations on 26 October 1940.[1][3][4][5]

In August 1999 it was allocated to Yarra Trams. In 2000 a paint shop and refurbishment bay was established. Between 2000 and 2004 these facilities were used to apply all over advertising liveries.[1]

In 2006 East Preston depot became Yarra Trams' first 'Green Depot'. A variety of initiatives were implemented aimed at lowering the environmental footprint of the depot, including, three rainwater tanks with a combined capacity of 18,000 litres, water efficient appliances within the depot, 60 solar panels, and more efficient lighting and cooling technology. Energy consumption dropped 40% while 424,800 litres of water was saved in the 2005–06 year.[1][6][7][8]

During August 2012 track renewal took place, affecting roads one to ten.[9][10]

In April 2016, East Preston tram depot closed with operations transferred to Preston Workshops.[11] It is now used for storing trams.


The depot consists of 13 roads, 10 of which are covered.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

East Preston depot was home to a fleet of 58 trams: 3 A1-class trams, 2 B1-class trams, 51 B2-class trams, 1 SW6-class tram, 15 E-class and 1 W6-class tram.[1]


The following services operated from East Preston depot:


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  2. ^ "Facts & Figures". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Our golden years". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "A Bourke st. TRAM, now.". The Argus. National Library of Australia. 25 June 1955. p. 5. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "First from June 26 in Bourke St". The Argus. National Library of Australia. 11 June 1955. p. 5. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Water campaign participant case study – City of Darebin: Darebin green precinct initiative" (PDF). ICLEI Oceania. 2008. p. 3. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Yarra Trams Green Depots". Transdev TSL. Transfield Services. 2008. 
  8. ^ "Tramlines issue 4" (PDF). Yarra Trams. 2005. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 works archive". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Projects". Light Rail Consultants. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Past meets future at new home of E-class trams Yarra Trams 17 April 2016
  12. ^ "Route 11". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Route 86". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°44′39″S 145°00′23″E / 37.7441°S 145.0063°E / -37.7441; 145.0063