There are now very few quality new trams with swivelling bogies under 30
metres available from any manufacturers outside Czech Republic.
On Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 16:45:08 UTC+11 Mal Rowe wrote:
> On 24/11/2020 16:19, TP wrote:
> > Finally a breakthrough. They won't be accessible though unless they
> > have the platforms to go with them. The "another variety" of tram
> > worries me. As long as it's not less than 30 metres. 45 metres would
> > be good.
> There's another 50 E class available under the current contract options,
> so my guess is that will be taken up.
> The other 50 may well be more like a B in terms of capacity - the
> closely spaced route in the south east don't need big trams like the
> Es. Trams greater than 30m in length would be extremely problematic in
> the CBD - the blocks of the Hoddle grid are not big enough in the
> north-south streets to fit in the platform stops.
> The budget reports indicate that the trams will be built in Melbourne,
> so Dandenong (under its new Alston ownership) looks like being busy.
> I have attached part of a plan from a 1983 report by the (then new)
> Metropolitan Transit Authority which shows a new Airport West Depot.
> The plan was to sell off Essendon Depot and build anew. The biggest
> negative aspect of this proposal - identified in the proposal - was the
> amount of 'dead running' to serve the West Maribyrnong and Footscray
> routes. However, there's not really other options in the area.
> Kew, Malvern and Camberwell were also to be sold, however, those plans
> revolved around a new depot at Wantirna South and a greatly expanded
> South Melbourne depot (on the old site). Since that time, heritage
> issues have become much more prominent, so I doubt that these three
> depots will be closed.
> The only real heritage aspect of Essendon Depot is the 1906 carbarn and
> that could be relatively easily re-purposed.
> Mal Rowe - close to the locus of change