Re: Fwd: Trolleywire Down
  Andrew Highriser

What were the rules for Melbourne tram drivers with a live wire down? If a
live wire had fallen onto someone and they are in danger, use a point bar
to move the wire while insulating yourself with your overcoat or similar in
your hand. Something like that.

Simple and perfectly safe. The service is quickly restored. No?

Andrew, who observed terrible injuries to various tramway staff over many
years but very few in the final years of his employment.

On Mon, 13 Mar 2023 at 20:14, Malcolm Rowe mal.rowe@...> wrote:




> In the early days of TDU - perhaps 20 years back - one of our

> correspondents outlined the standard procedures in Glasgow if a driver came

> across live trolleywire down.

> I can't find the post, but (from memory) it went something like this:


> "If driver sees a trolley wire down he should take the rubber gloves out

> of the box in the tram cab, grasp the trolleywire and touch it three times

> to the rails"


> (Note the consideration of automatic re-close!)


> The correspondent had the original rules document from an older relative

> and said that he could vouch for it being real.

> He also had a certificate of appreciation presented to the forebear

> congratulating him on his observance of the rules and awarding him a reward

> of one shilling ... and a new uniform to replace the one ruined by flying

> bits of molten copper.


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> Mal Rowe - who did his Elec Eng training on live switchboards with open

> circuit breakers


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