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Trevor the Tram

And the little lost boy.

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Trevor The Tram

And the little lost boy.

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Where did the idea for the TREVOR the Tram story come from?

Did you know Melbourne, Australia has the world’s largest tram network?


The iconic Melbourne “W” class tram took me to various places around the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Places like Prahran, Collingwood, Camberwell, Saint Kilda, and all throughout Richmond, allowing me to venture into Melbourne's hidden stories. Some came from real life meetings, while others came from the many people I would meet and have a friendly chat with. And it was an iconic “W” class tram that took me there… 

Trams gave me the freedom to travel on small sojourns while going to or from home, be it to Richmond High school, or to meet friends at the Prahran swimming pool. 

It was a tram that whisked me to my first date “under the clocks”. And trams shared my sorrow, slowly taking me home with a broken heart. Meeting my dad at the Maiden Grove tram stop was our daily ritual. Together we would go home riding along the rails to the tune of the singing bell.

On one particular tram journey from Camberwell to Richmond, two guitar players jammed all the way into the city. I wanted to stay onboard to listen to their music. Stepping off the tram I stood listening to their songs fade away, as the tram bell joined in with their music.

Many a night I would lie awake listening to the trams, and the singing of their bells at the end of our street would allow me to drift off to sleep. It was here that I formed the foundations of Trevor the Tram.

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John was working at Kooyong Signal box on a late Saturday night shift, when an iconic “W” class tram rang its bell at the signal, seeking permission to travel over the railway crossing. He then quipped “shut up Trevor”. Taken back by this audible statement, a theme began to resonate within John, and memories began to flood in for the stories of  “Trevor the tram”

Within minutes a short story was written “Trevor the Tram and the little lost boy”.

Work proceeded on the project and over the next 4 years John worked on the book series, drawing on his memories as a young boy and teenager, recognizing the amazing stores he had shared while traveling on Melbourne's amazing  trams. And it was Church street Richmond, and Brighton Street Primary school in Richmond, that formed the bases for the book series. And for the children who would set off on wonderful adventures while exploring the big city that is Melbourne.

Trevor the Tram 

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