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Electric trams have been running in Melbourne for more than 100
years, and for much of that time the daily goings on in the
industry were recorded on paper.
From roster to employee records, maintenance reports and work
logs the Melbourne and Metopolitan Tramways Board continued to rely
on paper based communication long after they leapt into the
computer era in
Employees at our power centre recently collected almost 70 years
of log sheets and donated them to the State Library of
Victoria. The logs date back to 1928 and outline incidents
which affected the tram power network.
In the example shown above a Mr Dight of the Glenhuntly Depot
revenue office has contacted the power centre to report that an
overhead clip has turned over and is causing issues for trams near
today's Route 67 terminus.
The State Library will initially clean and quarantine the logs,
but in the near future they will be available to library visitors
to use in research.
Documents already available for tramway researchers at the State
Library include maps and images produced by the MMTB. Information about
the early years of trams is also available at Public
Record Office Victoria.
Today our power centre continues to monitor the network 24 hours a day. Employees
respond to reports from staff and to alerts which are automatically
triggered when something unusual occurs around the system. They
also perform routine tasks like turning off overhead power off in
sections of the network where scheduled maintenance is taking
More documents about the history of Melbourne's trams can be
found in our history section or on the Hawthorn Tram Museum site.
ABOVE: The Melbourne & Metropolitan
Tramways Board power centre in the early 1930s.