Melbourne tram route 78

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Route 78
North RichmondBalaclava
Icon for route 78.
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W6 977 on Church St Richmond, route 78.jpg
W class tram on Church Street, Richmond
in 2012
Overview
System Melbourne
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Kew
Vehicle A class
Route
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start North Richmond
Via Richmond
South Yarra
Prahran
Windsor
End Balaclava
Length 6.5 km (4.0 mi)
Service
Journey time 20-40 minutes
Operates Daily
Zone(s) Myki Zone 1
Timetable Route 78 timetable
Map Route 78 map
← Route 75  {{{system_nav}}}  Route 82 →

Melbourne tram route 78 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from North Richmond to Balaclava. The 6.5 kilometre route is operated by Z and A class trams from Kew depot.[1][2]

History[edit]

Chapel Street was first served by trams in part by a cable tram line opened in 1888, which ran from Brighton Road to Toorak Road, then turned towards St Kilda Road and into the CBD.[3] Between 1924 and 1926 an electric tram line was built by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board, replacing the cable tram, and extending along Church Street, forming the route as it operates today.[4] It ran with two variations, one the route 79, turning from Chapel Street along Carlisle Street to St Kilda Beach, and another, route 77, which turned from the southern part of the route at Swan Street and continued into the city that was discontinued in November 1986.[5]

On 2 April 1995, operation of route 78 was transferred from Kew depot to Glenhuntly depot.[6] In the late 20th century, the line ran predominantly as route 79. Like nearly all trams lines in Melbourne, it was served by W class trams. In the 1990s with the gradual withdrawal of the W class, the route was operated by Z and A class trams. W class trams were re-introduced in 2004 after they received brake upgrades, as one of only three routes running the old trams, the others being route 30 and the City Circle Tram. In 2014 the Ws were withdrawn and replaced by Z and A class trams. On 27 July 2014 the route 79 option was also discontinued.[7]

The route was operated by Glenhuntly Depot until April 30, 2017 when operation of the route was transferred back to Kew Depot. This was so there is more room for the larger B class trams that will be transferred to Glenhuntly.

Route[edit]

The route starts at the Victoria Street terminus then runs along Church Street, Richmond, crossing Bridge Road and Swan Street. It continues over the Yarra River into the suburb of South Yarra along Chapel Street, crossing Toorak Road. Continuing down Chapel Street, it terminates at Brighton Road, Balaclava. It is one of only two tram routes which does not travel through the Melbourne CBD, the other being route 82.

Map[edit]

Route 78
Stop
North Richmond
Connections
65
Victoria Street
64
Baker St
63
Kent St
62
Highett St
61
Bridge St
Tram interchange 48, 75
59
St Ignatius Church
58
Gipps St
57
Swan St
Mainline rail interchange East Richmond; Tram interchange 70
56
East Richmond (to Balaclava only)
55
Gibbons St
54
Cotter St
53
Howard St
51
Malcolm St
50
Toorak Road
49
Palermo St
48
Wilson St
47
Commercial Rd
Tram interchange 72; Bus interchange 216, 219, 220
46
Chatham St
45
High St
Tram interchange 6
44
Duke St
43
Windsor Station
42
Dandenong Rd
Tram interchange 5, 64
41
St Michael's Grammar School
40
Alma Rd
39
Argyle St
38
Inkerman St
37
Carlisle St/Chapel St
36
Brighton Road
Tram interchange 67; Bus interchange 623
Balaclava
Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops

References[edit]

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ Route 78 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ The Melbourne Tramways:A Pictorial History (map), Stephen Watson, 1993
  4. ^ The Melbourne Tramways:A Pictorial History (map), Stephen Watson, 1993
  5. ^ "Last Route 77 Tour" Trolley Wire issue 229 May 1987 page 41
  6. ^ "Melbourne Trams" Trolley Wire issue 261 May 1995 page 17
  7. ^ Capacity boost for tram passengers Archived 2014-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Yarra Trams 9 July 2014

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