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by Myrtone
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

While wheelchair access is a community expectation, there seem to be some here who lived through much of a time when it wasn't and even now, new transit vehicles may have portions of the interior (not just the driver's cab) that are still not accessible to those with difficulty climbing stairs.
by Myrtone
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

Can we do better than what is currently required by the disability discrimination act?
by Myrtone
Sun May 10, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 47127

Trolleybus

How about just bringing back trolleybuses, since modern ones are capable of off-wire manoeuvres, don't write them off completely, especially if overhead wires are quite cheap to install.
by Myrtone
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Heavily pregnant woman retreats from 'nightmare' bus ride
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

Re: Heavily pregnant woman retreats from 'nightmare' bus rid

With regard to the offering of a seat - no need to say why you're offering it - just politely ask the person if they would like to have your seat. If they accept, well done and even the driver might thank you on your way out. If they decline because they'd prefer to stand, that's OK. If they kick u...
by Myrtone
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Delivery of new trams for Inner West Light Rail Extension
Replies: 246
Views: 30804

Re: Delivery of new trams for Inner West Light Rail Extensio

That shortage raises the question of why they withdrew the variotrams from service.
by Myrtone
Fri May 24, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Buses with doors on both sides
Replies: 6
Views: 6413

Re: Buses with doors on both sides

Are there photos of the other side too? Apparently, Hobart has quite a few one-way streets where the offside doors would be useful.
by Myrtone
Sat May 18, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 47127

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

I wonder how well most here understand trolleybuses, so here is a photo of some in Wellington: https://resources.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/i/y/1/a/7/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.710x400.1n7o6s.png/1514418303497.jpg And here is an older photo showing a trolleybus in Brisbane: http...
by Myrtone
Fri May 17, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: New Zealand Transport Discussion
Topic: Wellington trolleybuses
Replies: 13
Views: 14255

Re: Wellington trolleybuses

But still, can anyone convince the authorities to bring them back, especially given there are no plans to de-electrify the suburban network?
by Myrtone
Fri May 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: New Zealand Transport Discussion
Topic: Return of trolleybuses (outside the capital)
Replies: 2
Views: 6838

Re: Return of trolleybuses (outside the capital)

Yet it is likely that many new tram systems with overhead wires will be established. And a few new trolleybus systems have been established elsewhere in the world.
by Myrtone
Thu May 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Battery trams
Replies: 7
Views: 9168

Re: Battery trams

Another idea, if the line is mostly off-street with only short street-running sections, is to have third-rail power off-street with batteries to power trams on the street.
by Myrtone
Mon May 13, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Buses with doors on both sides
Replies: 6
Views: 6413

Buses with doors on both sides

Have there been examples in this country of buses with extra doors on the other side, say to be able to dwell on both sides of a one-way street?
by Myrtone
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Battery trams
Replies: 7
Views: 9168

Battery trams

Here are the different types of electric rail vehicle: *Traditional straight electric, which always runs where there is an overhead wire or a third rail. Although trolleybuses that are like this are no longer produced, many new trams are still like this, while newer trams, including Melbourne's Zs, ...
by Myrtone
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 47127

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

As battery and charging technology improves the case for overhead wiring diminishes. Overhead does allow you to use vehicles with smaller batteries and simpler charging electronics (or alternatively extending the life of larger batteries) so may well become economical for certain segments of the ne...
by Myrtone
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Will trolleybuses return?
Replies: 48
Views: 18930

Re: Will trolleybuses return?

As long as wires are cheaper to install than rails, then maybe use overhead power by default as is common in cities that still have trolleybuses.
by Myrtone
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Other States (NT & TAS)
Topic: Return of trolleybuses to Hobart and Lauceston
Replies: 29
Views: 20902

Re: Return of trolleybuses to Hobart and Lauceston

A trolleybus has 100% operational availability with no downtime, compared to a battery-electric or combustion-engined bus. It really is a quite superior type of bus (for passenger comfort too) IF you're prepared to take on the extra capital costs. Static battery buses (requiring stationary recharge...
by Myrtone
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 47127

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

They still use external electricity by default, and wherever overhead wires are cheap enough to install per mile, this seems like a reasonable default.
by Myrtone
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 47127

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

An anticipation of improvements like that are not good enough, what matters here is the technology that has existed so far. Also, there are a few battery trams that can do the same but that hasn't stopped overhead power being deployed on new tram systems.
by Myrtone
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 47127

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Okay, I wonder, given responses in two other threads I started on trolleybuses, how well most others here understand trolleybuses, so I'll give a more detailed explanation here. First of all, the only fixed infrastructure they need is overhead wires, which should be pretty cheap to install, especial...
by Myrtone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Different standards for buses and trams, some arbitary
Replies: 4
Views: 4936

Re: Different standards for buses and trams, some arbitary

Hong Kong is still building double deck trams, but generally their slow boarding times make them unviable. Longer single deckers are a better format. No, they are rebuilding old ones. I haven't seen many reports about drivers being decapitated on the job. And yet deadman equipment seems to be stand...
by Myrtone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Different standards for buses and trams, some arbitary
Replies: 4
Views: 4936

Re: Different standards for buses and trams, some arbitary

Yes, but it is also called vigilance control. And even deadman's braking is absent from virtually all manually steered vehicles.
by Myrtone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Different standards for buses and trams, some arbitary
Replies: 4
Views: 4936

Different standards for buses and trams, some arbitary

I have noticed over time that buses (as road vehicles, unusually manually steered) and trams (as rail vehicles and always guided) are subject to different standards, sometimes arbitrarily: *Headlights - In most countries most road vehicles have headlights off in broad daylight. In some countries, ne...
by Myrtone
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: New Zealand Transport Discussion
Topic: Return of trolleybuses (outside the capital)
Replies: 2
Views: 6838

Return of trolleybuses (outside the capital)

There has been protest against the trolleybus abandonment in Wellington. Wellington was the first city in New Zealand with an electrified suburban network and there are no plans to de-electrify the suburban network. New Zealand has also seen some more recent railway electrification, the North Island...
by Myrtone
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: New Zealand Transport Discussion
Topic: Wellington trolleybuses
Replies: 13
Views: 14255

Re: Wellington trolleybuses

Alas the trolley buses aren't running anymore. If any of the wires are still up, is there anything that could be done to convince the authorities to put them back?
by Myrtone
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Discussion - Other States (NT & TAS)
Topic: Return of trolleybuses to Hobart and Lauceston
Replies: 29
Views: 20902

Re: Return of trolleybuses to Hobart and Lauceston

And why is there still no answer after all this time? Here is a photo of a Launceston trolleybus:Image
And a photo of a Hobart trolleybus:Image
by Myrtone
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Will trolleybuses return?
Replies: 48
Views: 18930

Re: Will trolleybuses return?

It would just be a case of putting overhead wires along current bus routes and running trolleybuses along them instead of diesel or C.N.G buses. If trolleybuses aren't needed, are overhead wires needed on new tram extension as opposed to new trams using battery power on these new extensions. Here ar...

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