Tuesday, 12 July 2016

South Melbourne/St Kilda tram

A piece of Melbourne, Australia in Edmonton, Canada! 

I went on a tram ride on the High Level Line in Edmonton. These tram rides are run during the summer months by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society (ERRS) which owns more than 20 trams from around the world. Lo and behold the tram I rode in was an old South Melbourne/St Kilda tram. (I'm getting to know this line as I presently live along it). This tram (No. 930) was in service in Melbourne until 1997 after which it was  donated to the ERRS. It has been running the High Level Line for the past 10 years (and I never knew this all the time I was living in Edmonton). The High Level Line is a short historic streetcar route along the top of a narrow bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. A rather scenic route.

The tram stops for only 10 mins at Strathcona (it’s pick-up point on the south bank of the river) but I managed to finish this sketch over 3 times it stopped on its journey back and forth.

#FaberCastellPittpens, watercolour, #Stillman&BirnBeta” 8.5x5.5”.