Tram - Cash Fares

Page last modified/checked: Wednesday, 06 August, 2003
During the period of the three zone fare system, it would be the last time there would be any substantial series of these paper tickets as such. They had been familiar to generations of tram travllers, and while the range had been trimmed over time, the tramway fare structure was still based entirely on section points. One section is approximately 1.5km in length, and usually covers 5 to 6 stops including the boundary stops. Most of the suburban tram terminals finish within the 7 to 9 section radius from the City. Section fares took on much less relevance when the neighbourhood fare system arrived in late 1983.

The fare table from the 1981-1983 zonal system brochure is reproduced hereunder.

Several points of interest may be noted here -

  • The 30c issue served a dual purpose, mostly as a concession issue
  • The $1.00 issue was the highest decimal denomination ever reached, and as far as is traceable, was unique to only two routes at the time. These were the City to East Burwood (Route 75) and the peak hour only City (William Street) to East Brighton via Balaclava Road (Route 65). This ticket (theoretically) was only provided to conductors at Camberwell and Glenhuntly tram depots, and consequently is a difficult example to find if trying to construct a comlete tramway ticket collection.
  • The 11+ sections shown in the table was applicable only to certain bus routes.

Z class trams

The Z class trams (cars 1 to 230) were unique in having a seated conductors position just behind the driver at both ends of the car. Here, conductors were provided with an Almex ticket issuing machine which produced the small, square tickets shown below. The different fare charges were denoted by a corresponding code which ran from "A" to "G" and was printed on the ticket. We have examples of all codes "B" to "G", but have not sighted an "A" issue. This may not be surprising as this code was, at the time, used only for the 10c ticket issued in conjunction with the monthly travel permit. Some of the codes were applicable to both adult or concession fares, so in the case of the latter, the conductor would also issue a check ticket from a pad. Both had to be presented if inspected.