Track centres in Melbourne
From: Mal Rowe

On 17/07/2017 5:19 PM, 'Dudley Horscroft'transitconsult@... [TramsDownUnder] wrote:

> Yet I remember that in Swanston Street the '6 ft' was increased during a relay in the 1950s, supposedly so that the wider cars W5s?

> could use that road. I remember words about the "Devil Strip" being made wider.


Several track relays have included wider track centres in various locations, but there has never been a section of track where there was a restriction on using any of the fleet.
I attach a pic of a track relay where you can see a recent example of track centre widening.

All the standard bogie cars of the MMTB from W to W7 are exactly the same width over the footboards - 9' or 2.74 metres. That of course is 9cm wider than the current standard for new trams.

I think that the track centres in Swanston St may have been made wider at the request of the Police - to give the constables on point duty a bit more 'wriggle room'.

The only place I am aware of which had any restrictions was passing movements on the curves at Balaclava Junction.

Mal Rowe

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