The MCB type trucks with their equaliser bars would have given a superior riding quality compared to the more basic suspension on the Brill 27 and 77 designs.
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On 04/04/2021 18:44, Anthony Dudley Horscroft wrote:
> Now the question is, why was the L class design considered too
> expensive so the MMTB built the W1 class?
The L was built by James Moore and Co. The company was a large timber
merchant based in City Rd South Melbourne and were the first company to
build electric trams in Melbourne.
They were very proud of their work and their timber - using the highest
quality and the most complex joints to show it at its best. They aimed
to impress - firstly with what became the B class and then the Ls.
Those joints were largely due to the complex curves in the body. See the
pic attached, showing the drop centre of L 103 at MTPA, Haddon.
One of the ways the MMTB saved money on the W design was to simplify the
shapes - with straight panels - enabling mass production of timber parts
rather than hand fitted wood pieces as in the L.
James Moore did build Ws - but the craftmanship required was well below
what they put into the Ls.
A second was probably to go for licensed manufacture of a mass market
MCB type truck design rather than the Brill 77E.
Mal Rowe - who thinks that the original MCB pattern truck probably came
from American Locomotive Co of New York.
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