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Old March 17th, 2008, 09:41 PM   #141
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What, about low flor trams and articulated models. Do those cars have enought space for passangers?
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Old March 18th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #142
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What, about low flor trams and articulated models. Do those cars have enought space for passangers?
Low Floor - I doubt it will happen. All the existing old trams are high floors with narrow bodies. Inside isn't wide enough to provide space for wheel chairs and room for walking aisle. A lift is questionable as well with all the mechanics jam-packed on the chassis. It is also not feasible to install a multi-fold ramps and operates it at the stops in a timely-manner without significantly disrupting the tram services. (Don't forget the tram can't pass each other, they round on the same track in order.) Even if operational weren't a problem, the ramp needs to be really steep or really long to offset the high floor as well.

Articulated - Back 30-40 years ago, the trams had two carriages (not articulated like the articulated-bus), a double decker hauled a single decker in the back. The rear single decker was removed as buses and MTR had become more popular on HKI reducing the number of passengers riding the trams. So, no, it won't go back to the era trams require another carriage to handle the demand today and in the future.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #143
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Indeed, tradition is very strong in HK. Still I think that with time we'll see "modern" trams in HK.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 02:15 PM   #144
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There are a few modern new trams in service, part of a test to see the public's reaction to a new design.
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What's the rail gauge?
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According to wikipedia, 3'6" Narrow Gauge
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is Hong Kong the first ever city to have double decker trams? Very british indeed.
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Double decker trams have been quite common in the past, with many cities around the world running them. I doubt HK would be the first to use them.
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One thing I always noticed about the tram was that, on tight turns, the wheelbase of the bogie seems too long, so the train really shifts from side to side.

Just curious - has anyone ever mentioned using 2 bogies instead of one? Or independent axles?

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One thing I always noticed about the tram was that, on tight turns, the wheelbase of the bogie seems too long, so the train really shifts from side to side.

Just curious - has anyone ever mentioned using 2 bogies instead of one? Or independent axles?

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Don't forget that the current stock is pretty old. The newest passenger stock is almost 45 years old. They've grown into an icon that the locals associate with as well, so I doubt that even if they introduce new trams (a few have been replaced, but were not popular afaik), they will take on a dramatic new shape.
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Old August 10th, 2008, 11:31 AM   #160
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trams work best when they don't have to fight with other traffic. It is easy to nip in front of a HK tram in your car as they don't accelerate too fast. Why should helpers and seniors travel faster than me anyway?
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