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Train Destination Blind - Victorian Railways, Melbourne Suburban, circa 1980s Object Reg. No: SH 922682

Summary:
Scroll type destination signs like this were first introduced on Melbourne's trains from 1919 when electrification of the first suburban lines was completed. The signs were mounted behind a glass window on the front of the raised cupola roof section of the driver's or motorman's compartment on all electric motor cars and driving trailer cars, and were illuminated at night. This particular example is believed to have been fitted to one of the blue and yellow 'Harris' electric trains first introduced in 1956. It includes 53 destinations or terminal stations, including several that were not added to the electrified network until the late 1970s or early 1980s. It appears to date from just prior to or soon after the openning of the Melbourne underground rail loop in 1981 and before the conversion of the St Kilda and Port Melbourne lines to light rail in 1987.
Description:
Train destination blind, black background and white text in English for Melbourne/Victorian stations. Train destination blind is attached to a wooden scroll with circular metal ends. The destination blinds were used on Melbourne suburban electric trains from 1919, with 3 blinds to every 7 carriages. The destination signs were mounted on the front of the driver's compartment on all motor cars and driving trailer cars.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 97.70 cm (Height), 6.60 cm (Width), 728.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: diameter 33; length when unrolled is 728.5.

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Tagged with: railways, travel
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: RAIL TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Railway Rollingstock
Tertiary Classification: signage
Inscriptions: 53 destinations or terminal stations used on the Melbourne electric suburban train network are listed on the blind as follows:
"SPECIAL / WERRIBEE / MOORABBIN / CHELTENHAM / BERWICK / MORDIALLOC / ASPENDALE / CARRUM / FRANKSTON / OAKLEIGH / DANDENONG / FLINDERS STREET / SPENCER STREET / NEWPORT / NEWPORT WORKSHOPS / COWRIE / WILLIAMSTOWN / WILLIAMSTOWN PIER / ALTONA / SUNSHINE / ST ALBANS / PAKENHAM / ESSENDON / BROADMEADOWS / BRIGHTON BEACH / SANDRINGHAM / CITY LOOP / GLEN WAVERLEY / KEON PARK / ALAMEIN / CAMBERWELL / BOX HILL / UPFIELD / GREENSBOROUGH / RINGWOOD / UPPER F.T. GULLY / CROYDON / LILYDALE / BELGRAVE / COBURG / MOOROOLBARK / ST KILDA / PORT MELBOURNE / PRINCES BRIDGE / RESERVOIR / LALOR / EPPING / HEIDELBERG / MACLEOD / ELTHAM / HURSTBRIDGE / RACE SPECIAL / SHOW SPECIAL"
Date Made: circa 1980-1987
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980-1990

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