On 6/12/18 3:24 pm, Greg Sutherland wrote:
> But when you read the spin coverage you see:
> i) the old*heavy rail mantra* in use "• Trams cannot stop easily or quickly". Obviously TfNSW's spinner has never been on a tram/light rail vehicle when the driver has applied full emergency braking. This statement is totally erroneous.
Maybe we have ordered a special version with gentle emergency braking, instead of the sort that ends up with all standing passengers in a pile behind the front bulkhead ?
A note I recently put in one of our manuals for our newest car -
*"There are two emergency stop buttons on the console. The left-hand one will cut traction power and apply full friction brakes. The stop will be violent, so have a firm hold when operating this button."*
A conductor leaning into the cab to operate this button in an emergency could find them selves concussed on the windscreen and sporting broken ribs from the console lip. This would leave them in a poor condition to assist the incapacitated driver that caused them to intervene in the first place.