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Melbourne tram route 19 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from North Coburg to Flinders Street station. The 10.2 kilometre route is operated by B and D class trams from Brunswick depot.[1][2]

Route 19
North Coburg - Flinders Street station
Icon for route 19.
D2 5001 (Melbourne tram) in Elizabeth St on route 19 to City in PTV livery, December 2013.jpg
D2 class tram on Elizabeth Street in December 2013
Overview
SystemMelbourne tramway network
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotBrunswick
VehicleB2 Class
D2 Class
Began service26 April 1936
Route
Length10.2 km (6.3 mi)
TimetableRoute 19 timetable
MapRoute 19 map
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OverviewEdit

As this tram route is one of the most patronised in Melbourne, the VicRoads Think Tram initiative was instated along this route to help increase ontime running. Yellow dividers are now bolted along Royal Parade forming a tram lane on road space which was previously shared by cars. Further Think Tram initiatives included signage improvements along the route and right-turn bans and turn priorities along Sydney Road. The route is operated by B2 class and D2 class trams.

This route is especially busy during University semester times, serving the western side of the University of Melbourne and the Parkville campus of Monash University, while the route also passes through one of the most diverse areas in Melbourne, with Lebanese, Greek, Italian and some Asian restaurants and shops along Sydney Road.

HistoryEdit

Route 19 was first allocated to the line between North Coburg and the City terminus at Elizabeth Street on 26 April 1936 following the electrification of the Brunswick cable tram line. Prior to that, Sydney Road trams would run via Moreland Road to Swanston Street and the southern suburbs. Route 19 was allocated to the line between North Coburg and the City - Swanston Street near Flinders Street Station.[3] Since 1936, Route 19 has remained on the route between North Coburg and the City (Elizabeth Street). In January 2016, route 19 began operating through the night on Fridays and Saturdays as part of the Night Network.[4] An extension to Fawkner was first planned by the Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramway Trust (MBCTT) in 1916, but never came to fruition.[5] This extension has been brought up since, most recently by the Victorian Greens during the 2010 state election.[6]

The origin of Route 19 dates back to the Brunswick cable tram line while the section north of Moreland Road was constructed by the MBCTT. The Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company (MTOC) opened the Brunswick cable tram line on 1 October 1887, which encompasses the section of Route 19 between Moreland Road (Stop 28) and Flinders Street Station (Stop 1). This line was electrified by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board in stages through 1935-36. The section between Flinders Street Station and Victoria Street (near Stop 7) was first electrified on 17 November 1935. The section to Haymarket (Stop 9) was electrified on 29 December in the same year. The electric track was extended to Leonard Street (Stop 15) on 12 January 1936, and then to Park Street (near Stop 19) on 23 February 1936.[3] The final section to Moreland Road was electrified on 26 April 1936. Meanwhile, the track between Moreland Road and Bell Street (Stop 34) was opened by the MBCTT on 27 April 1916, while the rest of the line to Bakers Road (Stop 40) opened on 14 May 1916.[3]

Melbourne tram route 19 evolution
Dates Route Notes
21 November 1929 - 25 April 1936 North Coburg to City (Swanston Street) via Moreland Road and Lygon Street
26 April 1936 – Present North Coburg to City (Elizabeth Street)

MapEdit

Route 19
Coburg North - Flinders Street station
via Coburg, Brunswick, Parkville & City
Free tram zone covers stops 1 to 7, fare zone 1 applies from stop 9 to 40
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Coburg North
Connections
40
 
 
 
Bakers Road
39
 
Mercy College
38
 
Carr Street
37
 
Gaffney Street
  534
 
  Batman station
36
 
 
 
Rogers Street
35
 
Pentridge Boulevard
34
 
Bell Street
  526, 530, 534
33
 
Victoria Street
 
  Coburg station
32
 
Harding Street
  512
31
 
Reynard Street
30
 
The Avenue
29
 
Moore Street
 
  Moreland station
 
 
 
Moreland
Tram 6
28
 
 
 
Moreland Road
  6;   510
27
 
Brunswick tram depot
26
 
Albion Street
 
  Anstey station
25
 
Stewart Street
24
 
Blyth Street
  508
23
 
Victoria Street
  508, 509
 
  Brunswick station
22
 
Albert Street
21
 
Dawson Street
  506
20
 
Barkly Square
  509
 
  Jewell station
19
 
Brunswick Road
  504
18
 
 
 
Princes Park
17
 
Ievers Street
16
 
Walker Street
  505
15
 
Leonard Street
14
 
Macarthur Road
13
 
Gatehouse Street
12
 
Morrah Street
11
 
University of Melbourne
  546
10
 
Royal Melbourne Hospital
  401-3, 505, 546
 
 
 
Flemington Road
Tram 58, 59
 
 
 
 
 
Peel Street
Tram 58
 
   Toorak
9
 
 
 
North Melbourne
  58, 59;   546
 
 
 
Victoria Street
Tram 57
7
 
Queen Victoria Market
  57;   546
 
 
 
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle
 
 
 
 
 
  Melbourne Central station
5
 
Melbourne Central station
3
 
Bourke Street Mall
 
 
 
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
2
 
Collins Street
 
 
 
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
1
 
Flinders Street station
 
 
 
Flinders Street
Tram 70, 75, City Circle
 
 
 
  Flinders Street station
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Flinders Street station
Connections
Note: Green denotes free tram zone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ Route 19 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ a b c "Gunzel". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  4. ^ Night Tram Public Transport Victoria
  5. ^ The Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways Trust Running Journal volume 3 number 1 July 1966
  6. ^ "Election 2010 scorecard", Public Transport Users Association, retrieved 2011-11-03

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