Re: Fwd: Tram Life Extension
  Mal Rowe

On 02/12/2018 09:11, 'Richard Youl' via TramsDownUnder wrote:
> That is an interesting span of ages for simultaneous overhauls, or did 2124 get dinged up somewhere (?Bundoora line).

There's no apparent order in which the trams are being sent to East Preston - but it probably relates to them being able to be spared from the home depot.  The  amount of rust removal required is variable - but it seems that trams that have had accident damage patched in their operational life are more likely to have serious rust problems now.

> Its destination of Queen Victoria Market strikes me as a bit unusual. Is this a regular Elizabeth St shuttle?

Not regular as far as I know, but it was running last Wednesday. It may be a "Christmas shopping period" special run.

It's nothing to do with QV market itself - that's not even open on a Wednesday.


> And 2006 is a bit special to me, as I drove it on the Light Rail when new in 1988.

2003 - the first of the B2s - is nearly finished.  I noticed at least one feature that is different to the other B2s - it has a steel windscreen washer reservoir, while the others are fibre glass.

> It looks like Mal has no trouble synchronising his camera shutter with the destinations. Didn’t someone say a few years ago that a shutter speed of 1/25 was successful to do that?


The destination displays on the Bs (and the As and Zs) strobe (i.e. switch on and off), but they do the whole display at the same time.  That means you either get the full text (as I was lucky enough to) or a blank display.  On the Es the strobing is line by line, so the display is broken up unless the shutter speed is low.

Mal Rowe - plumbing the depths of trivia with his comment about the washer reservoir!