Monday, January 28, 2013

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - February 2013

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - February 2013.



Clue 1 - The clue is in the picture.

Clue 2 - The tram is a model C.3034
and it is passing one of only 8 locations like it in Melbourne.

Clue 3 - You can get to North Balwyn, La Trobe Street, Docklands,
Port Melbourne and Box hill from here

Clue 4 - There are 8 tram depots in Melbourne catering for one of the worlds most extensive tram networks. This one is located East of the City.

Clue 5 - Reveal

Solution : The Kew Tram Depot in Barkers Road Kew. It is used to house and maintain trams.

A brief history of Melbourne trams.

Melbourne's first tram was a horse tram from Fairfield railway station to a real estate development in Thornbury, it opened on 20 December 1884, and was closed by 1890.
In 1888, the first electric tram was demonstrated during the Centennial International Exhibition, held at the Exhibition Buildings. Visitors to the Exhibition had the unique opportunity to ride on an electric tram less than twelve months after the technology had been perfected in America.
Although the people of Melbourne had enjoyed the novelty of cable trams for three years, the primitive open electric tram carried nearly seventeen thousand passengers along a 274 metre track at threepence per ride.
Box Hill to Doncaster tram
 The Doncaster tram was the first electric tram
in the Southern Hemisphere operating a regular service.

Doncaster Tower
The tram service between Box Hill and Doncaster
operated from October 1889 to January 1896.
The Melbourne cable tramway system operated from 1885 to 1940. The system grew to about 75 kilometres of double track and 1200 cars and trailers on 17 radiating routes from the centre of Melbourne to neighbouring suburbs.
Brighton Road Tram
Centennial Tram
Picture Ben Healley
Dummy motor' or grip car model
The 'dummy' contained the mechanism that gripped
the moving underground cable and gave each tram its motion.

In February 1923, after a lengthy planning process to expediate the conversion of Melbourne's cable tram system to electric traction, the General Scheme was submitted for aproval by the minister for Public Works.
General Scheme
Cable tram lines were progressively converted to electric trams with the last Melbourne cable tram operating on 26 October 1940.
C Class tram heading to Kew Depot
Today's Melbourne tram network interesting facts :
Currently, Melbourne has the biggest operating tram network in the world with 250 kilometres of double track.
There are 1763 tram stops across the network. 29 tram routes and the free City Circle tourist tram.
Annual patronage for 2011-12 was 191.6 million boardings
Melbourne trams travel more than 24.6 million kilometres each year.
31,500 tram services are scheduled each week.

There are 487 trams in the fleet run by Yarra Trams and range
from modern low floor vehicles to the iconic W Class -

70 A Class
132 B Class
36 three section C Class low floor Citadis
5 five section C2 Class "Bumblebee" low floor Citadis
38 three section D Class low floor Combino
21 five section D Class low floor Combino
38 W Class
147 Z Class

Kew Tram Depot as seen in Google Earth

Research Links

Yarra Trams
Engineering Heritage Victoria
Wikimedia Commons
Melbourne Museum

This page was last updater 25.02.2013.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - January 2013

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - January 2013.



Clue 1 - Like the building, the road outside is fit for a King.

Clue 2 - If you were to travel south of the city, you'd see the missing part of the puzzle on your left.

Clue 3 - The blue blocks might be windows.

Clue 4 - The blue blocks are windows with a reflection of a Melbourne landmark.

The puzzle solve:

To correctly solve this puzzle, the location where the photograph was taken
should have been identified as
the corner of Sturt Street and Kingsway
and the photo is of the Kings Gardens building
with the reflection of Eureka Tower.

This puzzle is now solved.