15 hours ago
Looking spooky at night, but who doesn’t ❤️ the #TramShelters about town ? A bit surprised to read this one on #StKildaRoad at #CommercialRoad is largely a reproduction from 2001 after someone smashed into it - which was just after it had been restored ! (I remember the crash but thought it had been repaired). It had also been turned around because for some reason the opening was on the other side, and it had a section removed on this side- it had also been moved at some point from being on the Commercial Road footpath. When I was at the @nationaltrustvic in the 90s ‘they’ (i forget who exactly, must’ve been Victrack) decided to restore all 16 Tram Shelters using me for advice, and after paint scrapes revealed many different #colourschemes (mainly different greens), I decided they should all be ‘Tramway’ #greenandcream , the colours that the #WClassTrams and most of the shelters had been from the 1930s to 1980s. I stand by that decision, even though not the original colour scheme. This one was first built in 1915, designed by #LJFlannagan , for the #PrahranAndMalvernTramswaysTrust , one of the many municipal #ElectricTram systems that first extended the Cable Tram system in the 1906-1919 period. Pity they’re all closed up now - I suggested this one should be moved across St Kilda Road to serve as a bus stop, but that didn’t happen. (I also chose the industrial style lights, similar to what was there, but prob not the original, if they had lights at all.).