There certainly was a restriction on trams passing each other on the same curve at Balaclava Junction until it was relaid one Easter about 10 years ago.
Nevertheless I once knocked from Reataurant Tram 442 the rear driver's step mirror (rear vision mirror) doing another turn.
I think I was turning from Hawthorn Rd from the East Brighton end into Glen Huntley Rd towards St Kilda while another tram, probably a crew change tram was coming from Glen Huntly Rd, East Malvern end, and entering Hawthorn Rd, returning to Glen Huntley depot.
I knew nothing about it until the conductress told me about it upon return to South Melbourne Depot. I bet that gave her a fright from doing her knitting!
I did an accident report but never heard any more about it as supposedly this turn was OK.
For several weeks 442 was running around with one yellow step mirror!
> On 17 Jul 2017, at 6:07 pm, Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder] TramsDownUnder@...> wrote:
>> 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