Melbourne tram route 112

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Route 112
West PrestonSt Kilda
A D2 class tram in Collins Street with a West Preston-bound service.
System Melbourne tramway network
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot East Preston
Vehicle A class
B class
D2 class
Began service April 2000
Ended service 26 July 2014
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start West Preston
Via Thornbury
Fitzroy North
East Melbourne
Collins Street
South Melbourne
Albert Park
Middle Park
End St Kilda
Length 18 km (11 mi)
Journey time 55-75 minutes
Operates Daily
Zone(s) Myki Zone 1
Timetable Route 112 timetable
Map Route 112 map
Route map

Melbourne trams route 112 map.png

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Melbourne tram route 112 was operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operated from West Preston to St Kilda. The 18 kilometre route was operated by A, B and D2 class trams from East Preston depot.[1]

The route number was introduced in 2002, and was discontinued on 27 July 2014 as part of a wider timetable change to the Yarra Trams network. This saw route 112 replaced by routes 11 and 12.


The origins of route 112 lie in separate tram lines, a cable tram from Spencer Street to Fitzroy North, an electric line from Fitzroy North to West Preston and an electric line from the CBD to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda (partially built utilising a former cable line).

A cable line was opened from Spencer Street to Barkly Street, Fitzroy North along Collins Street, MacArthur Street, Gisborne Street, Victoria Parade, Brunswick Street and St Georges Road on the 2 October 1886, by the Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company.[2]

The Fitzroy, Northcote & Preston Tramways Trust had started constructing a system but it wasn't until after its takeover by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB) that services first ran, on 1 April 1920, part of this system included a line from Barkly Street, Fitzroy North to Regent Street, Preston.[3] This network was orphaned from the rest of the electric network until 24 March 1925 when a line along Holden Street, Pilkington Street and Barkly Street was built by the MMTB to allow access to the CBD via Lygon Street.[4]

On 31 October 1925 a new route to St Kilda was opened by the MMTB, travelling from St Kilda Road along Sturt Street, Eastern Road, Heather Street, Park Street, Clarendon Street, Albert Road, Canterbury Road, Mills Street, Danks Street, Patterson Street, Park Street, Mary Street and Beaconsfield Parade.[4]

In 1929 the MMTB started converting the Collins Street cable lines to electric traction, with the last cable tram running down Collins Street on 14 September 1929, and the first electric tram on 8 December 1929.[4] At the same time the MMTB built a new electric line down the centre of Victoria Parade to replace the cable line, which opened on 15 September 1929.[4] The remaining section of cable tram track along Brunswick Street and St Georges Road was converted to electric traction by the MMTB on 26 October 1930,[4] connecting the West Preston electric line to Collins Street.

The South Melbourne cable line was converted to electric traction by the MMTB on 25 July 1937,[5] with the section of track between Clarendon Street and Hanna Street (now Kings Way) along City Road abandoned in favour of a new section of track along Clarendon Street, between City Road and Flinders Street. This allowed trams to travel from St Kilda to Collins Street, along Clarendon Street and Spencer Street.

On 8 November 1959 the track along Mary Street and Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West was abandoned in favour of a short extension along Park Street to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, route 112's final terminus.[6]

From the 1950s until 1992 this line ran mainly as two separate routes which overlapped along Collins Street. Route 12, ran from the Fitzroy Street, St Kilda terminus to St Vincent's Plaza, with the destinations being 'South Melbourne - St Kilda Beach' and 'City - Brunswick Street' respectively. Route 11 was similar to the current route, running from West Preston to the City, terminating at Spencer Street, where trams would reverse. The destinations were simply 'West Preston' and 'City'. A route 10 also operated out of peak hours, which traversed the whole line from West Preston to St Kilda Beach.[7]

Route 10 was discontinued in 1992, with only routes 11 and 12 operating, which were then replaced by route 112 in 2002, a new number for the old route 10.

In 2005 route 112 was part of the Think>Tram project, with measures aimed at improving tram services introduced to Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.[8]

With the extension of the Collins Street tram tracks into Docklands on 21 September 2009, route 11 was resurrected for peak hour services running from West Preston down Collins Street and terminating in the Docklands.[9][10]

On 26 July 2014, route 112 was withdrawn and replaced by routes 11 and 12. This was part of the program by Yarra Trams to simplify the network and increase passenger capacity.[11]



A class tram on route 112 at St Vincent's Plaza
A1 257 on route 112 passing B2 2083 on route 11 on St Georges Road, 2013.

Route 112 ran from West Preston south on Gilbert Road, turning east at Miller Street and south onto St Georges Road. It then traversed the suburbs of Thornbury, Northcote and Fitzroy North. At Edinburgh Gardens it turned into Brunswick Street and continued south into Fitzroy. It turn west into Victoria Parade, passing through St Vincent's Plaza, East Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital, the Eye & Ear Hospital and then turned south onto Gisborne Street. It then continue south west along MacArthur Street and turned west into Collins Street, entering the CBD, passing Melbourne Town Hall and City Square.

It turned south from Collins Street into Spencer Street, passing Southern Cross station. It then crossds the Yarra River and entered Southbank on Clarendon Street where it traversed through South Melbourne. It turned south wast at Albert Road, passing the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, it turned south-east briefly onto Canterbury Road, Albert Park and turned south-west into Mills Street, and finally south-east into Danks Street, Middle Park, Patterson Street and Park Street, where it continued and arrives at its terminus at Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.


Route 112
West Preston Stop 47
Murray Road 43
Bell Street 40
Miller Street 34
Normanby Avenue 32
Arthurton Road Northcote station 29
Scotchmer Street 22
Alexandra Parade 18
Johnston Street 16
Gertrude Street Route 86 13
St Vincent's Plaza Routes 24, 30, 109 12
Parliament Parliament station 8
Swanston Street Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 6
Elizabeth Street Routes 19, 57, 59 5
William Street Route 55 3
Spencer Street Southern Cross station Routes 48, 75, 96 1
Batman Park Routes 70, 75, City Circle 124
Casino Routes 96, 109 124a
South Melbourne
Dorcas Street 128
Park Street Route 1 129
Albert Park 130
Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre 131
Harold Street 137
St Kilda Fitzroy Street Routes 3a, 16, 96 143

Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops.


Route 112 was operated by A1, B1 class, B2 class and D2 class trams from East Preston depot.[12]


  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ "Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Limited" (PDF), Running Journal Vol 9 No 3, page 16, archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-20, retrieved 2011-10-17 
  3. ^ "Milestones, 1911 - 1920", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-17 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Milestones, 1921 - 1930", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-17 
  5. ^ "Milestones, 1931 - 1940", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-17 
  6. ^ "Re: Barkly Street", jebounds, retrieved 2011-10-17 
  7. ^ As shown on period maps and destination rolls in chat groups and sale sites
  8. ^ "BATCHELOR PROMPTS MOTORISTS TO THINK TRAM", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-17 
  9. ^ Route 11 timetable Public Transport Victoria 26 January 2014
  10. ^ Route Guide & Map 112/11 Yarra Trams
  11. ^ Capacity boost for tram passengers Archived 2014-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Yarra Trams 9 July 2014
  12. ^ "East Preston Depot", Vicsig, retrieved 2011-10-17 

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