Essendon tram depot

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Essendon tram depot
Location Mount Alexander Road, Travancore
Owner(s) VicTrack
Operator(s) Yarra Trams
Roads 24 (18 in sheds, 6 outside)
Rolling stock 43 B2-class
30 Z3-class
Routes served 57, 58, 59, 82
Opened 11 October 1906 (1906-10-11)

Essendon tram depot is located on Mount Alexander Road, Travancore, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Operated by Yarra Trams, it is one of eight tram depots on the Melbourne tram network. Despite the name, the depot is located three kilometres from the suburb of Essendon.


The Essendon tram depot was opened in 1906 by the North Melbourne Electric Tramway & Lighting Company.[1] It passed with the company to the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board on 1 August 1922.[2]

When the Public Transport Corporation was privatised in August 1999, Essendon depot passed to M>Tram.[3][4] It passed to Yarra Trams when it took control of the entire tram network in April 2004.[5]


Essendon depot has 24 roads, 18 of which are covered in three sheds, the remaining six are in the open to the north of the sheds. It has access from Mount Alexander Road in both directions, and also features facilities for heavy maintenance.[3]

Rolling stock[edit]

As at November 2016, the depot had an allocation of 73 trams: 43 B2-class and 30 Z3-class.[3]


The following routes are operated from Essendon depot:


  1. ^ "Melbourne's Electric Trams" Trolley Wire issue 307 November 2006 page 11
  2. ^ "Victoria's Tramway Heritage" Trolley Wire issue 159 August 1975 page 14
  3. ^ a b c "Essendon Depot". Vicsig. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swanston Trams" Trolley Wire issue 279 November 1999 page 25
  5. ^ Some facts about the new Melbourne tram network Yarra Trams 19 February 2004
  6. ^ "Route 57". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Route 59". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Route 82". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

Coordinates: 37°46′44″S 144°55′53″E / 37.7789°S 144.9313°E / -37.7789; 144.9313