On 18/03/17 18:33,prescottt@... [TramsDownUnder] wrote:> Never a good promotional look when trams grind to a halt because of no 'lectricity, at least trolleybuses can skulk off on their batteries and put on a pretence of normality. Skoda has been putting batteries on their trams for a decade or so, sounds like a good example to follow.
The gold coast trams DO have traction batteries. I've seen one move outof the dead end siding at the Broadbeach South terminus with it'spantograph down (The wire doesn't go all the way to the end of thesiding). I even videoed it doing this. Never really been clear whatrange they have in this mode. I would assume at best it's 'limp to nextstation do that passengers can be 'detrammed' in a safe environment.
Bombardier marketing fluff doesn't even mention the Flexity 2 being ableto move with out an external power supply - 'wirefree' is only mentionedin the context of their Primove inductive power transmission system.