Melbourne, Victoria



Melbourne is the State Capital of Victoria, the 2nd largest Australian State by population. Melbourne's transit comprises of Suburban Trains, Trams and Buses. Until privatisation by the former Liberal Government in 1998, the suburban operations were operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, trading as 'The Met'. The MTA along with V/LINE (Inter-urban and long distance trains) were divisions of the Public Transport Corporation of Victoria.

Melbourne has one of the largest networks of Suburban Railway lines, covering a good area of Greater Melbourne. The longest run being to Pakenham on the Gippsland Line. The Tram network is also large, being the largest in the English-speaking world. For information visit Victrip.

Since the privatisation until April 2004, the Trains and Trams have each been operated as two seperate operations. The 2 Train companies were Connex and M>Train. The 2 Tram companies were Yarra Trams and M>Tram. M>Tram & M>Train were previously the operation of National Express. From December 23 2002, National Express withdrew from their contract to operate the M>Tram & M>Train networks and as a result they have for the time being reverted to being operated by the Victorian Government. The current government has negotiated with Connex & Yarra Trams to take over the M>Train & M>Tram networks respectively, and this arrangement came into effect from April 2004.

Recently, the widely held view that the privatisation in Melbourne has not been as effective as it could have been because there is no uniform branding of the services has been admitted by the current Victorian Government. In an attempt to address this, the Metlink uniform branding of transport signage has commenced. It remains to be seen how effective this will be as it is understood that the private operators will still display their own liveries, instead of a common uniform that has been used in the Adelaide (Adelaide Metro) and Perth (Transperth) privatisations.

Photo Gallery

Trains


An Hitachi Set arrives at Spencer Street.
15/06/1993

The view of Jolimont yard from Flinders St in June 1993.

An Hitachi Set also lays over at Belgrave.
11/06/1995

66M at the lead of its set of Hitachi cars at Cranbourne.
02/01/2004

Hitachi Set led by 115m at Dandenong.
05/01/1994

An Hitachi & a Comeng Set are powered off in the storage roads of Glen Waverley Station's yard.
Sep 1995

A Comeng Set arrives at Flinders Street.
10/08/1994

Comeng Set arrives at Spencer Street.
11/06/1995

A Comeng Set including 325M lays over at Glen Waverley shorlty after arrival from Flinders Street.
Sep 1995
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Comeng M>Train Set led by 386M arriving at Richmond.
03/01/2004

Interior of refurbished Comeng-M>Train car 430M nearing Pakenham.
02/01/2004

A 3-Car Comeng set with 491M in consist, awaits departure on the Alamein line shuttle.
23/04/2000

Connex refurbished 602M arriving at Heidelberg.
02/01/2004

Comeng Set led by 707m lays over at Belgrave.
11/06/1995

Connex's Xtrapolis cars 854M & 864M forming a set of six cars about to depart Lilydale.
02/01/2004

Xtrapolis car 863M departing Richmond.
02/01/2004

Comeng 527m in 3 car set at Alphington.
03/01/2004.


Trams


Z1 52 at East Brighton Terminus.
25/06/1995.
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Z1 69 northbound on Swanston Street, Melbourne City.
22/04/2000

Z2 109 in original orange/brown livery on Bourke St, Melbourne.
28/12/1989
© P.Denaro

Z3 128 on Lygon Street, Brunswick East.
21/04/2000
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Z3 145 on Flinders Lane.
This is the only "Lane" in Melbourne's CBD to carry tram lines.
25/06/1995

Z3 180 on Riversdale Road near Wattle Park terminus.
10/08/1994

Z3 182 at Wattle Park Terminus.
10/08/1994

Z3 197 at the Flinders & Swanston Street Intersection, Melbourne City.
22/04/2000

Z3 223 at Footscray terminus.
10/08/1994

A2 246 on Spencer Street, City about to terminate at Lonsdale Street.
05/01/1994

A2 251 at Spencer/Bourke Street Junction.
10/08/1994

A2 252 on Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.
23/04/2000

A2 261 just south of Collins Street on Spencer Street.
25/06/1995

A2 275 at Mont Albert Terminus.
25/06/1995

A2 290 on Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, Returning from Mont Albert Terminus.
05/01/1994

A2 296 on Acland Street, St Kilda.
15/09/1988
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W5 681 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

SW5 722 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
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SW5 734 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

SW5 737 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
28/12/1989
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© P.Denaro

SW5 758 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

SW5 789 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

SW5's 810 & 812 pass in Collins Street.
15/06/1993

SW5 812 on Collins Street, Melbourne.
10/08/1994

SW5 836 on Spencer Street nr Flinders Street.
28/06/1995

SW6 883 at the Balaclava "Grand Union"Junction.
10/08/1994

SW6 900 on Swanston Street, City.
15/06/1993

SW6 901 on Swanston Street nr La Trobe Street.
10/08/1994

SW6 909 in City Circle service on La Trobe Street.
10/08/1994

SW6 925 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

SW6 927 on Collins Street cnr Spencer Street, Melbourne.
10/08/1994

SW6 954 on Swanston Street.
28/06/1995

W6 977 at the Swanston/Latrobe Street Intersection, Melbourne City.
23/04/2000

W6 995 at West Preston Terminus.
27/12/1989
© P.Denaro

W7 1008 on Swanston St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

W7 1012 & SW6 919 on Swanston Street, Melbourne.
15/06/1993

W7 1012 on Swanston Street outside Flinders St Stn.
10/08/1994

W7 1013 on Collins Street.
10/08/1994

W7 1023 on Collins Street nr Spencer St Stn.
28/06/1995

W7 1024 on Swanston Street cnr Collins Street, City.
05/01/1994

W7 1027 at the Park Street Terminus, St Kilda.
23/04/2000

W7 1028 on Collins Street.
05/01/1994

B2 2006 southbound on Royal Parade, Parkville.
23/04/2000

B2 2010 on Flinders Street nr Elizabeth Street.
28/06/1995

B2 2025 on the Flinders Street overpass of King St, Melbourne.
30/12/1989
© P.Denaro

B2 2027 on Spencer Street, Melbourne.
05/01/1994

B2 2040 on Riversdale Road nr Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn.
10/08/1994

B2 2063 on Spencer Street nr Flinders Street.
28/06/1995

B2 2069 passes an A class on Collins Street, Melbourne City.
24/04/2000

Z1 89 on Swanston Street.
02/01/2004

B2 2029 on Flinders Street.
02/01/2004

B2 2066 on Swanston St.
02/01/2004

B2 2073 at Collins & Spencer St Intersection.
02/01/2004

Yarra Trams' Citadis C Class 3023 seen at the Box Hill Terminus.
02/01/2004

Yarra Trams' Citadis C Class 3030 near the Spencer/Collins St Intersection.
02/01/2004

Z1 8 at the Camberwell 72 terminus.
03/01/2004.

B2 2046 on Bourke Street.
03/01/2004

B2 2119 at the East Brunswick 96 terminus.
03/01/2004

C 3005 on Collins Street.
03/01/2004

The Interior of M>Tram's Combino D1 Class car 3511.
03/01/2004

M>Tram's Combino D1 Class car 3529 is approaching the Domain & St Kilda Road Interchange.
03/01/2004

B2 2090 on Bourke Street.
04/01/2004

Z1 16 on Swanston Street.
10/03/2005

Z1 35 on Swanston Street.
10/03/2005

Z3 139 on Swanston Street.
10/03/2005

Z3 204 on Swanston Street.
10/03/2005

B2 2087 on Swanston Street.
10/03/2005


Buses


3 former MTA MAN SL200's at Box Hill Interchange.
These vehicles are now operated by the English owned National Bus Company.
02/01/2004

MAN SL200 165 at Heidelburg Stn waiting to depart for
Box Hill on Route 291.
02/01/2004

MAN SL200 174 at Box Hill Interchange.
02/01/2004


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