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Melbourne tram route 6

Melbourne tram route 6 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Moreland to Glen Iris. The route is operated by Z, B and D class trams from Brunswick and Malvern depots.[1][2]

Route 6
Moreland - Glen Iris
Icon for route 6.
KDR Yarra Trams D class..jpg
D1 class tram outside Melbourne Town Hall
in December 2009
Overview
SystemMelbourne
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotMalvern, Brunswick
VehicleZ3 class
B2 class
D1 class
D2 class
Route
Length19.2 km
TimetableRoute 6 timetable
MapRoute 6 map
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HistoryEdit

Route 6 was allocated to the line between Glen Iris and City (Swanston Street) on 21 November 1929, the same day that numbers were allocated to the rest of the Swanston St trams. Trams traditionally terminated at the Victoria St terminus, but following an accident in 1991, trams instead terminated at the Queensberry St crossover. Due to congestion during peak hours at the crossover, some trams continued north to Melbourne University. Finally on 17 January 1996, a permanent shunt was built at Melbourne University. From then on, Route 6 trams were altered run full-time to Melbourne University. Following the creation of Route 58 in anticipation for the construction of the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel on 1 May 2017, Route 8 was discontinued. From then on, Route 6 was instead altered to terminate at Moreland instead of Melbourne University.

The origins of route 6 lie in separate tram lines. The section of track between Queensberry Street (Stop 4) and High Street (Stop 27) is the oldest section of this route, dating back to the Brighton Road cable tram which opened on 11 October 1888 by the Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company. This cable tram line was electrified in stages by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB). The section between Domain Interchange (Stop 20) and High Street was electrified on 27 December 1925. The section between Queensberry Street and City Road (near Stop 14) was electrified on the same day. The line between City Road and Domain Interchange was electrified on 24 January 1926.

The section between Charles Street (near Stop 30) and Tooranga Road (Stop 48) was one of the original lines constructed by the Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust (PMTT), which opened on 30 May 1910. This line was extended west to Punt Road on 14 March 1911 and again, to St Kilda Road on 14 September 1912, connecting with the St Kilda Road cable tram to the city. The PMTT extended the line again on 25 March 1914, this time east, to its current terminus at Malvern Road.[3] Meanwhile, the Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways Trust (MBCTT) constructed the section of Route 6 north of Queensberry Street towards Moreland. This section opened on 31 October 1916.

In October 2016, it was announced that as part of works associated with the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, route 6 will be extended from Melbourne University to Moreland to partly replace route 8 on 1 May 2017.[4][5]

Melbourne tram route 6 evolution
Dates Route Notes
During PMTT operation Victoria Bridge to Esplanade via Glenferrie/Balaclava Roads
21 November 1929 - 14 April 1991 City (Victoria Street) to Glen Iris
15 April 1991 - 17 January 1996 City (Queensberry/Swanston Street) to Glen Iris Some services terminated at Melbourne University
17 January 1996 - 1 May 2017 Melbourne University to Glen Iris via Swanston Street
1 May 2017 - onwards Moreland to Glen Iris via Swanston Street

RouteEdit

DescriptionEdit

Route 6 operates from Brunswick tram depot travelling east along Moreland Road before turning south along Holmes Street in Brunswick East. It continues south to Albion Street where it doglegs into Lygon Street, continuing south through Carlton North and Carlton, turning west into Elgin Street and south into Swanston Street at Melbourne University.

It proceeds south through the CBD, past Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Central station, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, City Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street station, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

Crossing the Yarra River onto the Southbank, it continues along St Kilda Road, passing The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria Barracks and the Shrine of Remembrance.

It turns east into High Street, traversing via Prahran, Windsor, Armadale and Malvern to its terminus at Malvern Road, Glen Iris.

OperationEdit

Route 6 is operated by Z3, B2, D1 and D2 class trams from Malvern and Brunswick depots.[2] On 30 November 2002, the first D class trams entered service on the route.[6]

Route mapEdit

Route 6
Moreland - Glen Iris
via Brunswick, City & Armadale
Free tram zone covers stops 8 to 13, fare zone 1 applies from stop 133 to 112, 14 to 53
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Moreland
Connections
 
 
Coburg
Cameron Street
133
 
 
 
Moreland
 
 
 
Sydney Road
Tram 19
 
Moreland Street
132
 
Sydney Road
131
 
De Carle Street
130
 
Barrow Street
 
 
Nicholson Street
Tram 1
129
 
 
 
Moreland Road
  1;   510
 
Holmes Street
128
 
Mitchell Street
127
 
Albion Street
  503
126
 
Stewart Street
125
 
Blyth Street
  508
124
 
Victoria Street
123
 
Albert Street
122
 
Glenlyon Road
  506
121
 
Weston Street
120
 
Brunswick Road
  504
119
 
 
 
Park Street
118
 
Pigdon Street
117
 
Richardson Street
116
 
Fenwick Street
115
 
Melbourne Cemetery
114
 
Princes Street
  546
113
 
 
 
Lytton Street
 
Elgin Street
112
 
Lygon Street
  200, 207
1
 
Melbourne University
 
1, 3/3a, 5, 16
64, 67, 72
;  
401, 402
403, 546
3
 
Lincoln Square
4
 
Queensberry Street
 
 
Victoria Street
No Service
7
 
 
 
RMIT University
 
 
 
 
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle
 
 
 
 
 
Melbourne Central station
8
 
Melbourne Central station
10
 
Bourke Street Mall
 
 
 
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
 
 
 
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
11
 
Collins Street
 
 
 
Flinders Street
Tram 70, 75, City Circle
 
 
 
 
 
Flinders Street station
13
 
Flinders Street station
14
 
 
 
Arts Precinct
  1;  
216, 219
220
 
 
Southbank Boulevard
Tram 1
17
 
Grant Street - Police Memorial
19
 
Shrine of Remembrance
 
 
Park Street
Tram 58
 
   West Coburg
20
 
 
 
Domain Interchange
 
 
Domain Road
No Service (Temporary Closure)
21
 
Bowen Crescent
22
 
Toorak Road
 
 
Toorak Road
Tram 58
Toorak  
 
23
 
Arthur Street
24
 
Leopold Street
25
 
Commercial Road
  72;   216, 219, 220
 
 
Commercial Road
Tram 72
Camberwell  
 
26
 
Moubray Street
27
 
High Street
  3/3a, 5, 16, 64, 67
 
 
St Kilda Road
Tram 3/3a, 5, 16, 64, 67
St Kilda
High Street
28
 
 
 
Punt Road
  246
29
 
Perth Street
30
 
Prahran station
 
 
 
 
  Prahran station
31
 
Chapel Street
 
 
 
Chapel Street
Tram 78
32
 
Hornby Street
33
 
The Avenue
34
 
Lewisham Road
35
 
Williams Road
  216, 219
Prahran
High Street
36
 
 
 
Chatsworth Road
37
 
Airlie Avenue
Armadale
High Street
38
 
 
 
Orrong Road
  220
39
 
Auburn Grove
40
 
Armadale Street
 
 
 
 
  Armadale station
41
 
Kooyong Road
  605
42
 
Huntingtower Road
43
 
Mercer Road
Malvern
High Street
44
 
 
 
Glenferrie Road
 
 
 
Glenferrie Road
Tram 16
45
 
De La Salle College
46
 
Fraser Street
47
 
Dixon Street
Malvern East
High Street
48
 
 
 
Tooranga Road
  624
49
 
Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre
50
 
Belmont Avenue
51
 
Burke Road
52
 
Boyanda Road
53
 
Malvern Road
  612, 734
 
 
 
 
  Glen Iris station
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Glen Iris
Connections


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ a b Route 6 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ "Milestones, 1911 - 1920", Yarra Trams
  4. ^ Metro Tunnel to Transform Melbourne's Tram Network Minister for Public Transport 25 October 2016
  5. ^ Route changes Public Transport Victoria
  6. ^ "Metros" Railway Gazette International January 2003 page 14

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