Re: A good day out
  Ron Stux

But rainy days are no fun for visitors. So I am very happy to say that I
had one rainy day during my 4 weeks in Melbourne and that was the day I
left. A few days threatened, but in the end there wasn't any rain. A great

Cheers to all.


On Sun, Jun 12, 2022 at 9:27 PM David Batho dbatho@...> wrote:

> Yuri,


> For what it’s worth, I think the rainy day gives the tram shots nice

> ‘atmosphere.’


> David



> > On 9 Jun 2022, at 12:37 am, Yuri Sos trams4me@...> wrote:

> >

> > 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:

> >


> > {2,400 x 1.500 pxl; 2.23MB)

> >

> > 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:

> >


> > {2,400 x 1.500 pxl; 2.39MB)

> >

> > 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.)

> >


> > {2,400 x 1.500 pxl; 2.72MB)

> >

> > B2.2045 is southbound on a route 3 service passing the magnificent 1920s

> art-deco Capitol Theatre (designed by Walter Burley Griffin):

> >


> > {2,400 x 1.500 pxl; 2.86MB)

> >

> > 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.

> >


> > {2,400 x 1.500 pxl; 3.72MB)

> >

> > Enjoy.

> >

> > Yuri.

> >

> > 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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