Re: Shared legacy
  Hal Cain

I have noticed sometimes that when tramway span poles had to be replaced
(on account of corrosion or collision damage) the tramway span wires had
been shifted but the pole stood there for several days, waiting for the
electric supply wiring, and/or street lights, to be shifted. Since I'm no
longer a Melbourne resident, I can't say whether this still happens!

Do electric supply utility companies now pay for the tramway poles they
hang their wiring from? Or vice versa when the tramways (as the MMTB
sometimes did in the 60s-70s) shift their overhead to SEC poles and remove
their own poles? The original overhead wiring on the last section of the
North Balwyn route made extensive use of SEC poles. Way back in the past,
before the MMTB, some municipal councils which were members of tramway
trusts (Melbourne, Brunswick, Footscray, Preston, Northcote, Coburg) also
ran the electricity supply to their areas. On the Essendon lines, the NMETL
ran the trams and the electricity supply. They had interests in both
electricity and tramways.

Hal Cain, now in an area with mostly underground electric supply, but no
tram overhead at all

On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 5:52 PM Mal Rowe mal.rowe@...> wrote:

> Tram systems like Melbourne and Toronto are often called 'legacy

> systems' - and it's not a compliment.


> However, the legacy is real and includes the sharing of assets with

> other utilities.


> A power pole was being replaced near my place today and Yarra were there

> transferring span wires across to the new pole.


> Mal Rowe - who thinks that's probably a fairly efficient use of an asset


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