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Old November 24th, 2005, 06:48 AM   #221
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The bumpers on many of these trams do't appear to be too sturdy.

What happens when it collides with a car.

Specially the way they drive in Italy. Anyone has pictures of a car-tram collision?
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Old November 24th, 2005, 08:16 AM   #222
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New trams in BRUSSELS:














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Old November 24th, 2005, 08:49 AM   #223
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That's a luxury tram alright in Brussels! Leather seats!
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Old November 24th, 2005, 04:12 PM   #224
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In a state of total shame and disgrace, I must say that in Brazil we have ZERO trams except a few historical touristic lines with cars from 1930. In addition, we have NO PASSENGER TRAINS of any kind except two lines. Now if you´ll excuse me, I have to go commit suicide.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 08:44 PM   #225
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^ LMAO don't do that, I'm sure something will come around soon, lol
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Old November 26th, 2005, 11:21 AM   #226
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How do they keep the grass in between the tram lines in check? Is the growth automatically stunted by passing trams or does it simply require a lot of mowing?

and a blackpool tram:

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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:11 PM   #227
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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:15 PM   #228
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Tallinn hoping to get new trams by 2100...

God damn, im so pissed.... 7 new trams were to be ordered in 2005 but they did SHIT SHIT I TELL U!


GRRRR im pissed, i dont want new busses, I want NEW TRAMS!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:23 PM   #229
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@ch1le: What for trams, how will they look like or what company would produce them?

Tram is way cooler than trolley-buses or just buses
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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:28 PM   #230
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New tram in Bremen(Germany)

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Old January 25th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #231
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Modern trams

Post your pics of new trams here

few from Helsinki:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...innishTram.jpg
http://jno.1g.fi/HKL202_206fi.htm
http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/fi/...-26_171045.jpg
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Old January 31st, 2006, 10:59 AM   #232
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Building a elevated light rail

Hey

When I saw the Sound Transit light rail line at the S. 154th St. in Tukiwila (near the airport) in Seattle metro area. They had the HUGE truss (a machine that builds the elevated trackway) I never seen one before, so I always thought they use pre-built in sections.

The question is that which is better, pre-built in sections with a crane or built by a truss machine? Which is cheaper, also? Those are the questions that have been floating in my mind for a while.

BTW, here's the picture of the truss machine.

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Old January 31st, 2006, 03:11 PM   #233
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I think most of the structure is precast, and the truss is just there as a skeleton frame to put the pieces into place.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 03:41 PM   #234
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Here's another example of such a truss in the Netherlands, used for construction of the Utrechtboog, completed in december of last year:



They actually used it as a giant concrete factory, so the bridging elements were actually cast in the truss itself. Only the pillars were cast in concrete in the traditional way.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 09:53 PM   #235
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Aha, thanks for the answers. I understand now. The truss has moved downhill with new trackway, it started building a new trackway on around November 2005. I think it makes things easier and get perfect alignment with that machine.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 11:21 PM   #236
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For the Seattle project, it would be as Frungy mentioned. The truss holds and alligns the precast segments so they can be fitted together and tighted with epoxy glue and post-tensioned cables running through the segments.
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Old February 1st, 2006, 12:59 AM   #237
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Dominating the scene at Tukwila is the self-erecting, self-launching gantry crane being used build the spans that will make up the elevated guideway. The massive yellow truss — 385 feet long and weighing 512 tons — sat atop two of the piers at the station site, lifted precast concrete sections of the span into place and then held them while they were connected. Once the span was completed and set into place atop the piers, the truss then could move itself 120 feet to the next pier and restart the process.

Yikes, that is very heavy! I'm surprised how those support pillars can withstand lots of weight. That truss is about 1 million pounds.
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Old February 5th, 2006, 03:54 PM   #238
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Special trams

Does your city/country have any "special purpose" trams rolling? In Helsinki we have a Pub Tram. Just have a drink or two while you travel.

http://www.fbsk.info/en/trade-news/S...FF_celebrates/
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Old February 5th, 2006, 04:55 PM   #239
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What a novel idea, I love it!
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Old February 5th, 2006, 05:10 PM   #240
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Zürich has special trams:

The fary-tale tram:


Caliente tropical tram:
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