What choice do they have but to kick the can down the road? With this and
APS and the wrong trams, they've saddled themselves with additional
long-term costs that they needn't have incurred.
I see that, once again, LRTA has given Alstom and CAF some awards. I'm not
renewing my LRTA sub after this year. I'm getting a bit tired of the
uncritical hubris and shilling. Not doing the cause of reviving trams any
good at all. Much of Alstom and CAF's sales success has been built on
fawning adulation without any critical appraisal of the substance and,
unfortunately, decision makers fall for it and we end up with the sort of
situation we have in Sydney.
Yesterday in Prague there was a tram parade of Tatra T3s, commemorating the
60th anniversary of the first entry into service by this extraordinarily
successful tram, the most numerous type of tram ever built and still
comprising the largest number of a single type of tram in the world.
These trams have run around 20 metre curves at up to 30 km/h over the years
(cf. less than 5 km/h for Citadis and CAF), without causing undue track
wear or harm to themselves and speeding up the timetable in the process.
New versions of the same design are still being manufactured, with low
floor sections, but there are also modern low floor articulated trams
available that have the same operating characteristics as the T3.
(who, if he would live long enough, would look forward to seeing the 60th
anniversary parade of today's Alstoms and CAFs)
On Monday, 21 November 2022 at 11:13:40 UTC+11 Mal Rowe wrote:
> On 20/11/2022 18:58, 'bblun...@yahoo.com' via TramsDownUnder wrote:
> Looking closer at photo 2 in my series, the old rails have been removed,
> and just the "channels" have been cleaned out; no new rails yet.
> That would indicate that all that is being done is to replace the worn
> rails - not change the curves at all.
> Mal Rowe - who reckons they are 'kicking the can down the road'