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Because trams are cool. Cooler than you!

Alright, three tram entries in three days, that's a bit excessive. But this is the last one. It's also probably a bit more interesting than yesterday's entry, which was wildly nerdy even by my standards, and has some non-tram related Melbourne shots. All of the photos were taken between 3pm and 4:30pm on 9 January 2008.


Drought stricken Royal Park Drought stricken Royal Park
A view of Royal Park just past the southern end of the Melbourne Zoo around 3:30pm on 9 January 2008. At right is the route 55 tram line. The grass is not exactly succeeding at looking green.
The drought in action The drought in action
Some of the Royal Park, with the southern brick wall of the Melbourne Zoo visible in the background at left. I think this is a really vivid illustration of how harsh the drought is. I don't know how those trees are still managing to survive.
Looking to the CBD from Royal Park Looking to the CBD from Royal Park
A view from the Royal Park towards Melbourne's central business district. I probably should be able to identify certain notable buildings but I can't.




Comeng train crossing tramway Comeng train crossing tramway
A Comeng electric multiple unit on a northbound service to Upfield crosses the route 55 tram line as it slows on the approach to Royal Park Railway Station at 3:15-3:20pm on 9 January 2008. I took a couple of other bad photos of this train and its opposing number appears as the secondary subject of a photo later in this entry.




B2 class tram approaching stop B2 class tram approaching stop
A B2 class articulated tram on route 55 northbound for West Coburg approaches the State Netball and Hockey Centre stop in Royal Park at 3:25pm. It did not stop.
B2 tram passing through stop B2 tram passing through stop
A closer view of the B2 class tram above as it sails through the stop.
B2 tram and Comeng train in Royal Park B2 tram and Comeng train in Royal Park
The same B2 tram in the previous two photos descends the steep grade from the State Netball and Hockey Centre to the Melbourne Zoo stop in Royal Park as a Comeng electric multiple unit bound for the city passes in the background on the Upfield line, having just called at Royal Park Railway Station.
Z3 tram outside State Netball and Hockey Centre Z3 tram outside State Netball and Hockey Centre
A southbound Z3 class tram bound for the Domain Road Interchange passes the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park at 3:30pm.
Z3 tram passing State Netball and Hockey Centre Z3 tram passing State Netball and Hockey Centre
The same Z3 as above passes the hockey field of the State Netball and Hockey Centre (out of shot to the right) and Melbourne Zoo (fence at left). It is running away from the photo towards the Elliot Ave stop.
Z3 tram approaching Elliot Ave Z3 tram approaching Elliot Ave
A Z3 class tram running away from the camera at around 3:40pm approaches the Elliot Ave level crossing. It is operating a northbound route 55 service to West Coburg.
Z3 trams cross near Elliot Ave Z3 trams cross near Elliot Ave
Unfortunately I forgot to use my zoom, so I tried to enlarge and crop the shot with a photo editor and this was the best I could get. Two Z3 trams on route 55 cross near the Elliot Ave level crossing at about 3:40pm. The tram on the left is northbound for West Coburg and running away from the camera; the tram on the right is southbound for Domain Road Interchange and is approaching the camera. If only I'd used the zoom, this probably would've been my best shot!
Z3 tram heading for Abbotsford Road Interchange Z3 tram heading for Abbotsford Road Interchange
A Z3 tram southbound on route 55 for Domain Road Interchange. It has just crossed Elliot Ave and its next stop is at the Abbotsford Road Interchange.
Z3 tram turning onto Abbotsford Road Z3 tram turning onto Abbotsford Road
A Z3 class tram on route 57 turning off Flemington Road onto Abbotsford Road at about 3:55pm. It is southbound for City: Elizabeth Street. In the foreground the junction of routes 55 and 59 can be seen.
Z3 tram on Abbotsford Road Z3 tram on Abbotsford Road
The Z3 tram above seen stopped on Abbotsford Street after turning off Flemington Road in North Melbourne at 3:55pm.
B2 and Z3 trams cross on Flemington Road B2 and Z3 trams cross on Flemington Road
On the left, a Z3 class tram operating a northbound route 55 service to West Coburg. On the right, a B2 class articulated tram on a southbound route 59 service to City: Elizabeth Street. Both are about to stop on Flemington Road at the route 55/59 junction at 3:55pm. The photo is taken from Abbotsford Road Interchange with the curving tracks of route 55 in the foreground.
B2 and Z3 trams stopped on Flemington Road B2 and Z3 trams stopped on Flemington Road
Another view of the B2 and Z3 trams above, now both halted at the stop.
Z3 trams on routes 55 and 57 Z3 trams on routes 55 and 57
Both trams are of the Z3 class and are seen at about 3:55pm. The tram on the left is a northbound route 55 service to West Coburg; it is stopped on Flemington Road and is about to turn into Royal Park via the curve in the foreground. The tram on the right is a southbound route 57 service, about to depart away from the camera down Abbotsford Road on its way to City: Elizabeth Street.




Three Z3s Three Z3s
Three Z3 class trams seen in North Melbourne from the Abbotsford Road Interchange on the edge of Royal Park. The tram on the left is a southbound route 55 service for Domain Road Interchange, stopped at Abbotsford. The middle tram is a northbound route 55 service for West Coburg turning off Flemington Road and coming towards the photograph. The tram on the right is a southbound route 57 service for City: Elizabeth Street, heading away from the camera down Abbotsford Road.



Three different kinds of signs.


Pedestrian tram crossing sign, Melbourne Zoo Pedestrian tram crossing sign, Melbourne Zoo
Sign warning pedestrians of a crossing over route 55 outside Melbourne Zoo. I like how my flash makes the sign appear to glow.
Pedestrian tram crossing sign, State Netball and Hockey Centre Pedestrian tram crossing sign, State Netball and Hockey Centre
This sign warning pedestrians that trams have the right of way is located at a crossing by the State Netball and Hockey Centre, the large building on the left.
Pedestrian sign on Elliot Ave traffic lights Pedestrian sign on Elliot Ave traffic lights
A pedestrian sign on Elliot Ave. The traffic lights it is affixed to are not for vehicular traffic - the lights on the right control the tram line and the lights on the left control pedestrians crossing Elliot Ave.




Railway/tramway separated crossing Railway/tramway separated crossing
The route 55 tramway seen passing underneath the Upfield railway line outside Melbourne Zoo in Royal Park. I would dearly love to photograph a train crossing this as a tram goes under. I've been on a tram twice when that's happened.
Grade of route 55 Grade of route 55
I took this photo in an attempt to illustrate the steep grade on route 55 in Royal Park between the stops for the State Netball and Hockey Centre (building in background behind trees; stop just ahead around the corner) and Melbourne Zoo (fence at left; stop behind position of photograph).
Route 55 outside the State Netball and Hockey Centre Route 55 outside the State Netball and Hockey Centre
Route 55 in Royal Park outside what passes for Victoria's hockey stadium. You can get 100,000 people to the MCG for cricket or Aussie Rules, but trying to fill this little thing for hockey appears to be an impossible task from what I've seen.
Pedestrian crossing over tramway Pedestrian crossing over tramway
A pedestrian crossing on route 55 in Royal Park as the tramway passes between Flemington Road and Elliot Ave. I think it looks kind of quaint somehow. I like it.
Obnoxious fence Obnoxious fence
Remember the temporary blue fence from yesterday at the almost ghost stop? Here it is from the other, unpainted side on the footpath. It has been erected due to some construction and hides the footpath from the route 55 tram line. However, it is completely unnecessary and serves no useful purpose - the footpath is still open to the public, the tram line is very much in use, and it's protecting nothing, just making photography difficult. I missed a shot of a passing tram due to this worthless piece of junk! Why is it necessary in light of the fence that can be seen at left? Who knows.
Weird 'arch' at the entry to the Royal Park footpath Weird 'arch' at the entry to the Royal Park footpath
Evidently, the construction in Royal Park needs a grand entrance and this is the best they could rig up.



Below are the first and last tram photos I took on the day. The first was before I even caught my own tram to Royal Park, and the last was when I was coming home after doing a spot of shopping.


Z3 tram on Melville Road Z3 tram on Melville Road
Just before 3pm on 9 January 2008, a northbound Z3 tram on a route 55 service to West Coburg pulls up at the intersection of Melville Road and Albion Street in Brunswick West.
B2 tram on Grantham Street B2 tram on Grantham Street
Just after 4:30pm, a B2 class articulated tram on a northbound route 55 service to West Coburg approaches the Union Square stop on Grantham Street in Brunswick West.



Well, I think this is the coolest entry I have ever made. I am sure everybody else begs to differ.
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