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Matthew

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[quote=RTT_Rules]The latest meters in Dubai are much smarter. No more meter reading, all done remotely (no more meter reader jobs) including power supply on/off and if your water or electricity meters ...

Posted 18 Oct 2020 11:42 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

One of the enthusiastic restaurant drivers once asked an engineer at Preston Workshop "Why can't we build a brand new W class?" The answer he got was "We've lost the plan."
route14


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Posted 18 Oct 2020 01:31 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

Thanks for the information.
Spletsie


A while back, Bendgo posted a timelapse of a W8 rebuid. It's extensive. Almost a new tram built within the envelope of the old one. There wasn't mu ...

Posted 07 Oct 2020 07:59 in Sydney Suburban by Matthew

[quote=Totoro]I don’t quite get what could be so difficult and time-consuming about this upgrade given the main changes are the addition of CCTV cameras and LCD screens. Maybe it’s time to try sup ...

[quote=RTT_Rules]Not sure its really a demonstrator or need for it. Battery powered trains are hardly new and as I said before the Newcastle tram is effectively a battery powered train. If more money ...

The sensible thing (yea I know I'm dreaming) would be to keep the C sets with their electronic drives in service TILL a major fault occurs. Then rejig the sets, and scrap the faulty car instead of per ...

[quote=RTT_Rules]I don't know how the setup is on this thing, but the roof has 40m2 of suitable angle and at 150W/m2, this is only 6kW or 42 kWh a day in winter, up to 60 kW in summer per car.

A 80 ...

[quote=michaelgm]IIRC, 8650 spent a majority of its service life, particularly towards the end working in or around Lithgow. Zig Zag bank engine? Not venturing far from and in close proximity to the L ...

They might be a chance in Sydney depending on the route what what would they carry parcels?
NSWGR8022
Just what could they carry and to where ?.

A parcels service would have to hand o ...

[quote=tonyp]I can't believe that there's even a debate about accessibility 30 years after gazettal of the DDA. I have to do a double take of the topic heading to make sure weren't not on a Melbourne ...

Posted 12 Aug 2020 11:38 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

[quote=themetptc]Matthew, do the drivers cabs on the Variotram have their own independent A/C or do they use the modules unit?

For example in the Melbourne B2 they use the modules unit, wheras in the ...

Posted 11 Aug 2020 17:22 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

[quote=route14]Makes sense. It would probably draw a huge power bill if it was functioning. I've heard that in the government tram days the Melbourne network payed as little as a symbolic 200 dollar ...

Posted 07 Aug 2020 18:42 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

Good news.  Any progress on its air-conditioning, missing window and the overhead?
route14
The air-conditioniong is too expensive to get overhauled. Finding a cheaper means of repair is  ...

Posted 07 Aug 2020 09:15 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

Great photos Matthew of two generations of Sydney tram in blue. It's great that you have a Variotram preserved.
GeoffreyHansen
2107 has been moved to the running shed so that it's near t ...

Posted 04 Aug 2020 16:50 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

Great photos. Such a shame 2001 will lose its very attractive and different blue livery and end up just another green & cream tram.
themetptc


I rather like the two-tone blue too, as do ...

Posted 04 Aug 2020 16:44 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

By comparing the power consumption between tram 1041 and Variotram, does it mean Sydney Tramway Museum once kept 1041?  Unfortunately it's now kept by Hawthorn Depot, dead.
route14
2107  ...

Sydney Tramway Museum is to reopen from next Sunday (9th August), Sundays only.

Trams will be running, but the number of passengers for each trip will be limited to maintain personal separation.


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Posted 02 Aug 2020 18:56 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

2001 won't be in blue for much longer, earlier in the year we won a heritage grant to restore 2001 t ...

The shaking is real. I thought it was just from wind buffeting.
simstrain
Not sure what the Union has to do with it as the one reason the government is so keen on metro is the lack of ne ...

I don't think any surface transport should rely that much on artificial intelligence.  Even automatic metro trains have restricted manual modes as back up.
route14
Sydney Metro has had ...



So, a fire alarm going off this morning is enough to cancel trams for the whole day? Really? There has to be much more to it than this.

craigfitz1


I think a server plugged into th ...

As much as I dislike the incompatibility the metro has introduced to the suburban rail network, I hope someone OTHER than Alstom gets the contract for the western airport line.

Riding various ATO met ...

Posted 07 May 2020 08:01 in Trams and Light Rail by Matthew

[quote=route14]Well explained. It's quite hard to get a job with public transport nowadays but once you get into it it's quite hard to lose it. Anyway, trams have many more rules than cars and tram ...

[quote=james.au][quote]What happened to using some of Newcastle's BHP land for container traffic?

Must be getting congested down there.[/quote]

I think there is a court case coming up somewhere this ...

[quote=route14]Strange that they don't take passengers all the way along the shared section en-route to Kingsford. If you have difficulty clearing passengers at Moore Park, you would have the same di ...

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