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Old June 6th, 2008, 10:52 AM   #161
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Great shots of the construction work Yarddy.

Ok then, who thinks that St Kilda Rd/Swanston St should be turned into a shuttle service inbetween Melb Uni and the Domain? Big five car trams running on five minute intervals instead of half the entire cities routes passing through?
Would this improve things or make them worse?

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Old June 6th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #162
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no, if you're going to do that, put it underground, as Rod Eddington suggested All the same, I must say the view is better at street level ...

Making the nine lines feeding into St Kilda Road change to a trunk shuttle service would involve up to 1,400 tram-loads of passengers per day getting out of one tram and into another in the middle of the street ... can't see that being too popular. In my last trip through the area, I witnessed horrific over-crowding around Domain Road as people struggled to force their way onto a tram.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #163
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underground tram tunnel...a great idea, Toronto is doing one for the Eglinton Transit City LRT line...

but is it too easy for infiltration? Im too lazy to walk down the steps in the underground, but the tram tunnel will have tracks at platform level :-p

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Old June 6th, 2008, 08:53 PM   #164
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underground tram tunnel...a great idea, Toronto is doing one for the Eglinton Transit City LRT line...

but is it too easy for infiltration? Im too lazy to walk down the steps in the underground, but the tram tunnel will have tracks at platform level :-p

Cheers, m
actually, the suggestion is to stick Melbourne's first metro under there (still wouldn't qualify as a "metro" here, since it would link with existing suburban "commuter" railways at either end).
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Old June 7th, 2008, 08:11 AM   #165
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So you're saying the current W-Class Classics won't last?
Not on regular route service.

I mean, they're a great piece of history but that's it. W class trams can run on the City Circle or any other heritage/tourist operation but they're too old, small and uncomfortable to be operating route services.

The DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) sets a 30 year timeframe for improving disability access, which will eventually require all trams to be wheelchair accessible. It's been 30 years since the Act has been in place - according to this document, Yarra Trams is aiming for 37% compliance by the end of 2009. No tram is currently fully compliant, but the current low floor models only need new ramps or lifts for compliance - the rest are expected to be retired and replaced.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:35 PM   #166
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Who likes Melbourne's' classic W class trams?

Here is a shot of Yarra Trams W7.1022 on the LaTrobe Street bridge with the Telstra Dome sign and the Bolte Bridge visible behind, on a route 30 shuttle service from Docklands to St Vincents Plaza, a short CBD route along LaTrobe St running on weekdays only.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=239576

This shot isn't as good, but it is of SW6.964 (built 1951), possibly one of the most unloved looking W's running down Chapel Street in Windsor, on route 79 to North Richmond. This route sees mostly W's until 6pm, they are a pain for regular passengers on this route.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=238588
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Old June 21st, 2008, 05:36 PM   #167
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An update on the St. Kilda Road (NGV) works from today: new platforms in place & in use:



And the triple track to the north of this stop:



Further back in this thread: the pen-ultimate "super-stop" opened in Melbourne, outside Flinders Street, as viewed this Saturday afternoon:

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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #168
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Yarra Trams has now taken delivery of the first three of five new "Bumblebee" C2 class (Alstom Citadis), which are being leased from Mulhouse in France until 2011 for use on route 96 from St Kilda to East Brunswick via the CBD, Melbourne's busiest tram route.

They have been painted in a distinctive yellow livery which suits the 5-section design. Here is a shot of C2.5103 at St Kilda Light Rail Station, cuving from Acland Street on a route 96 service to East Brunswick.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=249729

I had a ride on one from St Kilda to Southern Cross Station and it was quite good - far better than the Combino D1/D2-class trams built by Siemens.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #169
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I live on the 96 route - the French trams are great. Very smooth and quick with a nice fit-out inside.

Why are they loaning them anyway? Are they going to consider buying the model in the future or something?
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Old September 10th, 2008, 09:16 AM   #170
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Ahh, you live on the 96 East Brunswick route - that section is not too bad, moves quite quickly.

Why are they being leased - Mulhouse have ordered enough stock to run both of their lines, but one line is still under construction and therefore there is a surplus of rollingstock, hence Transdev TSL (aka Yarra Trams) has done a deal to bring them to Melbourne until 2011 to help deal with crowding.

I wouldn't be surprised if they considered buying some (as the Z class trams will be replaced in the next few years) - having a few in Melbourne gives Y/T the chance to evaluate a few for a decent period. A bit like that Combino Plus tram that was running in early 2007.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 11:50 AM   #171
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Although not nearly recieving as much as the State's road and rail network, Melbourne's tram network has also been earmarked for a lot of moolah in the new $AU38 billion State transport plan. Most of it in new rolling stock.

See here for details.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #172
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Bump!

Collins St tram stop:


Citadis and B-Class approaching


Near St Paul's Cathedral


Z classes on Swanston St


B class on Swanston St


Old and new (Combino D1 class)

Bourke St Mall tram stop


Combino D2 class in Bourke St Mall


One of Mulhouse's trams that we borrowed
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Old January 31st, 2009, 05:42 PM   #173
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Great shots invincible.

Some of my own:

A w-class at the end of the line at Victoria St.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 05:41 PM   #174
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Latest extension to Melbourne's Tram System: the Collins Street West Extension.



Due to be opened August 2009. Fronts the ANZ (Australia & New Zealand Bank)'s new headquaters: although by no means the tallest, this will apparently be the largest office block in Australia, housing 6,500 people (at least during office hours.



Hence the need for a tram.

While we're here, here's the previous extension from a few years back: seems to have blended in fairly well now. This runs along the north side of the former "Victoria Docks"; the new line runs along the south side.



The heritage brown and cream "City Circle" trams now pay a call here, so that overseas tourists can get a free trip to "Harbour Town".
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 04:43 AM   #175
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Very nice, I must make a visit to Melbourne ASAP! Thanks for the photos.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 06:04 PM   #176
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Yarra Trams 2007

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Melbourne could do with a significant cut in the number of stops currently operating.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #177
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So it takes 3 minutes to go from one stop to another on foot? That really is a short distance.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 09:52 PM   #178
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One of Mulhouse's trams that we borrowed
I remember,that 2 of Mulhouse's trams were lent to Buenos Aires (probably till the moment they finish completing their first light rail line (of course with new rolling stock).And my question is:could you tell me if that tram on the photo put above is on of those two,which were later sent to the capital of Argentina?
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Old October 10th, 2009, 01:52 AM   #179
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Melbourne could do with a significant cut in the number of stops currently operating.
Oh, what a cute manipulation. What runs in Saarbrücken is actually a typical German Stadtbahn, except that the eastern section of the line shares the tracks with regular SNCF service.

It's a normal train line in operation, with 'train distances' between stops.
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I'd have to agree that someone was trying to pull the wool over our eyes here ...
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