Thursday, April 15, 2021

What I do

I came across this photo and I did already know what it was about but I had to check. There aren't trams now in Napier Street, Essendon but here is a line up of trams in Napier Street.

There was a siding in Napier Street. Sidings are used mostly for special events and Melbourne still has sidings for trams, where trams are stored with a driver ready to move people after the end of a sporting event. There is one for Caulfield Racecourse, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, another at Docklands for the sports stadium there, The Showgrounds, The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Grand Prix. There is also one in my street St Kilda Road near the city where defective trams are parked until they are recovered by a break down crew and taken back to the depot.

But the Napier Street siding has gone, I think in the 1990s. It serviced what is described on the map as the Essendon Cricket Club ground but better known to some as Windy Hill, once the home of the Essendon Football Club. 

The siding was centre in the lower half of the map, maybe 200 metres from the footy ground. Note it is close to Essendon train station, surely a preferable way to get to the city and find your way home from there.

Trams lined up in Napier Street ready to take the punters home from the footy ground after the siren sounded. 

Google Street View shows the same three buildings are still there, and the single storey building next to them. My curiosity about Napier Street is sated, but I did note the paving on the road shows the centre of the road has different road paving to the side, the centre being where the tram tracks were removed or covered over. 

18 comments:

  1. I do love your ongoing curiosity/passion for transport related issues.

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    1. EC, it does interest me and has such an important influence over the way many cities grew.

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  2. It would be handy if the tram tracks were only covered over, then they could be uncovered and used again. Right?

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    1. River, they could be. Many of Sydney's tram tracks were covered over and occasionally make an unwelcome appearance in the asphalt. But there would really be a demand for these tracks. They were unused for many years before they disappeared.

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  3. Even though the tram and the automobiles are both dated-looking by 21st century standards in that black-and-white photo, you still get the sense of one mode of transportation about to overtake another. Interesting.

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    1. Kirk, you do indeed but we are fortunate here to have kept trams.

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  4. When Detroit bought buses for the city, the company that made the busses, tore up the tracks and repaved the streets, assuring the trams would have a hard time every returning. How sad.

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    1. Travel

      what a tragic waste of a great tram service :( Not to mention air pollution from the smelly buses.

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    2. Travel, that was done in some of our cities too. Overhead wires were removed within hours of last trams running too.

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    3. Hels, all over the world such great transport was lost.

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  5. You have the most interesting info related to transportation, which is very much appreciated. Hugs and more hugs, RO

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  6. Your blog has brought back some memories that might have been lost otherwise. It seems that in Grandpa's day, you could really go places on a steetcar. Mom's second husband said they used to put pennies on the streetcar tracks. Not sure why. To see a spark? Or to see what happened to the penny?

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    1. Cynthia, what the boys did was to see how flat the penny would be. Also full match boxes were put on tracks to see a big flare up.

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  7. I both love and don't love trams Andrew. I love their history and how they look as if they could transport you back in time.. but those overhead wires are so damn ugly!

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    1. Grace, they certainly make photography here an extra challenge.

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  8. You know a lot about trams and trains Andrew.
    I like that the 3 old buildings are still around.

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    1. Sami, I thought it was pretty cool that the buildings were still there.

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