When seeking Development Consent for a 2-ft gauge hobby railway on my property at Junee a couple of years ago, an objector claimed as a "light railway" I was bound by the conditions for a light railway as in the City of Sydney. To satisfy Council, I had to obtain a formal letter confirming that my proposed 2-ft gauge railway was not a "light railway" within the meaning of the Act.
From:tramsdownunder@... [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ronald Besdansky
Sent: Sunday, 13 January 2019 1:58 PM
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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] SAFETY WARNING FOR DANGEROUS BEHAVIOUR ON LIGHT RAIL TRACKS
Really think it's about time the government "bit the bullet" and resolved to just call them all TRAMS. It would simplify interaction with the public and avoid any confusion. I always thought using "light rail" was to avoid people thinking of toastracks etc and to sound "modern". I know we've had this discussion elsewhere but I REALLY can't see how you can call Newcastle, CSELR or Canberra "light rail" and not "tramways" - they're all "in or adjacent to public streets". As to IWLR, what's the point of distinguishing between the on- and off-street sections?
Melbourne has trams (though they tried the "light rail" thing with Pt Melbourne/St Kilda), Manchester has trams, Sheffield has trams etc. Give up Gladys!