Re: A good day out
  Yuri Sos

Likewise I had a good morning out, but the Sydney-inspired weather dashed plans for a more comprehensive day out: absolutely no reflection on the organisers as it appeared the train gods were in cahoots with the tram gods in sending down copious rain.

Nevertheless I decided to take some photos in the rain - a new experience for me (and Melbourne).

I arrived in the City at about 8:30am.
Disembarking from my tram, I quickly snapped D1.3528 being pursued by Z3.180 in Swanston Street as they crossed Collins Street southbound, framed by the art-deco Manchester Unity building on the left and the magnificent gold-rush era built (1867-1870) Melbourne Town Hall on the right - one of many civic and other buildings constructed at a time when Melbourne was the wealthiest city in the world. No cyclists interfered with my photos so the tram gods were at least helping keep them thinned out with the rain:
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Turning around and looking southwards towards Flinders Street station, D1.3525 and Z3.219 paused at the Collins Street stop. It must be the rain but the trams today are all looking quite clean:
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Talking of clean, refurbished B2.2114 is heading for South Melbourne Beach while D1.3525 in the background continues up Swanston Street. It looks quite schmick as opposed to some of the As wandering around, but I can't believe the PT> and politicians of the noughties were so stupid as to permit the use of the already dated web pattern*, thus guaranteeing a steady source of income for the plastic film companies who have the contract to apply this "livery" to our trams, trains and buses in perpetuity (or until another set of consultants put their snouts in the government trough and wastes more of our money). One wonders if there is any trailing commission payable for all this "design" work. As far as I've seen from public transport around the world, no other city uses anything but solid colour on their trams AND they don't change that colour every 15-20 years or so (eg Helsinki - green and gold since 1903). Even Sydney who are the self-acknowledged leaders in light rail in the
21st century(!) use solid colours on their trams. (I know you're going to cite Mulhouse, but even their trams are fundamentally solid yellow.)
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B2.2045 is southbound on a route 3 service passing the magnificent 1920s art-deco Capitol Theatre (designed by Walter Burley Griffin):
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Yeah, I know just another perfect photo of a B class, this time B2.2103 heading for Melbourne University on a route 64 service with the Prince Alfred's (clock) Tower atop the Melbourne Town Hall and the two spires of St Paul's cathedral further south along Swanston Street. But what's also really interesting is the placement of a mat of LED-lit studs in the footpaths at the pedestrian crossings for Swanston and Little Collins Street. They match the Don't Walk/Walk traffic lights - green, flashing red, solid red - and provide a very obvious indication to pedestrians. My son reckons they're placed thus as most pedestrians walk the streets looking at their phones and these lights (in their line of sight) alert them to the risk or otherwise of walking under a car or tram. This got me thinking...... why not use something similar on our tram stops, especially the Vienna-style stops in several suburbs and places like Macathur Street (near St Patrick's cathedral)? A bright red mat of
lights would certainly have a better chance of alerting a motorist that he needs to stop as a tram stops. I do remember seeing a row of flashing red lights embedded in the roadway in front of a tram stop somewhere in Europe, but cannot for the life of me remember which city nor can I find any photo I might have taken.
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PS * As a long time Samsung user, I remember Samsung using that same web design on their advertising material with the release of their first Galaxy - the open-source design only lasted a year as it dated very quickly but that was good enough for our PT> (greater than what?).
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