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Route 86 Tram works

Route 86 Tram works

Album 2011

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9-15 July 2011:  Yarra Trams undertook tram track renewal and the construction of platform stops in High Street Westgarth over this week. Route 86 trams to Bundoora from Docklands were diverted along La Trobe Street, Victoria Parade, Brunswick Street, St Georges Road, Miller Street, over the "Hump" thence resuming its normal route along High Street and and Plenty Road in both directions.

In addition, a shuttle tram (route 00) ran from Spencer Street along Bourke Street to Clifton Hill on the "correct" route 86 path. Passengers for Smith Street and Clifton Hill were advised to catch this tram. Bourke Street passngers bound for Preston and Bundoora were also able to catch this route 00 tram and change to the diverted 86 tram at the intersection of Gertrude and Brunswick Streets, Fitzroy.

Access to the tramworks was difficult but I was more interested in the altered workings.  I photographed trams both at the northern end of the diversion (St Georges Road -> Miller Street -> over the "Hump" -> High Street) as it's very unusual to see in-service trams using this line as well as tram activities in Fitzroy at St Vincent's Plaza; and at the intersection of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets (where route 86 trams used Brunswick Street crossing their "proper" path at Gertrude Street).

The next series of slides showing altered services are marked with {Route 86 diversion} after the date.

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