It’s going to be great fun sitting in a tram one stop away from the Hamilton train terminus while it is going slowly but surely through this recharging process, and you’re anxiously looking at your watch with the seconds to train departure time relentlessly ticking on.
> On 10 Feb 2019, at 10:22, Prescott lenkaprescott@...> wrote:
> Trams stop at every stop regardless of passengers or not. The difference that this flash charge system makes is that whereas the dwell for a stop with no passengers may be as little as 5 to 10 seconds, the tram is forced to wait for another 30-40 seconds above this while it recharges. On a line with say, for example, ten stops, this system will add about 5 minutes to the overall journey time. One of the side-effects of longer journey times, in addition to alienating the passengers, is that more trams may be required to operate a service to the same timetable. On a long line like Parramatta or the Canberra extension, this will have a really negative effect.
> Yes, the CAF system does require a top-up at each stop. Only in a country with a lackadaisical attitude towards operating public transport could such a system be invented. You can be sure this system wouldn't have been invented in Czech Republic, Germany or Poland for example (nor Melbourne I imagine). It would have been laughed off the drawing board. It epitomises the deep differences between new tram systems created independently of prior experience in Western European countries and the tram systems of countries that have been operating them for generations with corresponding accumulated experience. It's not a coincidence that in-motion charging is an invention from the old tram countries that won't hesitate to explore new technology but will adopt it only when it's practicable and proven, both operationally and financially.
> Tony P
>> On Sunday, 10 February 2019 11:04:57 UTC+11, Hunslet wrote:
>> Must the tram stop to recharge at each tram stop when there are no passengers alighting or joining? Matthew’s posted video show what in excessive standing time after a couple of passenger de-tram and/or join.
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