Monday, April 28, 2008

Lost Cable Tram Lines #13 Victoria Bridge

The 22nd day of November, in the year of our Lord 1886, was the birth date of the Victoria Bridge cable tram route.

Beginning it's working day from the corner of Collins and Spencer Sts, the cable tram looked resplendent in it's red livery as it gathered it's passengers for a run.

Shepherding them the whole length of Collins St, and collecting not a few stragglers along the way, the tram would lean to the left as it crossed Spring St to enter MacArthur St, which became Gisborne St before it arrived at Victoria Parade.

Deciding that the right-hand turn appealed to it the most, the tram would trundle along Victoria Pde, quickly passing it's engine house on the corner of brunswick St and continuing down this rather busy thoroughfare.

Crossing over Hoddle St, the tram kept finding and losing commuters along Victoria St until it found itself at the end of it's journey at Victoria Bridge.

The 13th July, 1929 may well have been a Black Friday for the tram route as it was on this date that the tram ran no more.


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