This photo features two Melbourne trams travelling down Swanston Street in the city. Trams have been operating in Melbourne since 1884. They were initially powered by horses and then cables, with the electric tram system commencing in 1906. By 1940 all horse-drawn and cable trams had ceased operating. Our electric tram network is now the largest in the world with around 250km of track and 500 trams.
The tram at the back is one of eight ‘art’ trams that were painted as part of the Melbourne Arts Festival in 2014. The artists involved in the project included a street-artist, an Indigenous painter, a cartoonist and an emerging student artist.
Trams are such an integral part of Melbourne’s infrastructure and its culture, it is difficult to imagine life here without them.
The rules of the 5 Photos-5 Stories challenge are: 1) To post a photo every day for 5 days; 2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem); 3) To nominate a different person each day.
I know that many of my fellow bloggers are regularly asked to participate in these challenges so rather than nominating an individual I’m making an offer to any of you who are interested to take up the challenge.