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by tonyp
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5634
Views: 882758

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

boronia wrote: Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:53 am Emergency exercise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ0UvnD5N9M
They had a real-life such incident in Haymarket with a Variotram a few years ago. Of course, they jacked up the front of the tram.
by tonyp
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 40
Views: 3817

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

when it comes to you pet projects you don the socialist cap, yet on others you play the capitalist card In the interests of critical self analysis, what are examples where I've donned a socialist cap? There was a time in the past where where government or municipal administrations operated almost a...
by tonyp
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 171
Views: 18230

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

It's not that cities haven't faced this challenge before, when many such as Sydney had large electric train, tram and trolleybus systems. But of course then they had reliable, cheap coal-fired power! It might be another issue to add to the growing push for nuclear power, which also happens to be the...
by tonyp
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 171
Views: 18230

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

Has there been any discussion of Importing buses from other countries apart from China such as UK/Europe(Wright, Optare, Alexander, ECitaro) Or US (New Flyer Xcelsiors EVs to replace B12BLEAS)? I think that will come (in fact it already is, in terms of a chassis, in Perth) and this article from ABC...
by tonyp
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 40
Views: 3817

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

Baragoola doesn't have a hull (virtually). It's kept afloat by some sort of epoxy layer on the outside. When I went in the hull when it was in drydock for this process some years ago, it was like being inside one of those planetariums where you see all the stars in the universe - thousands of pinpri...
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 40
Views: 3817

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

In fact, patronage on the service offered by the Freshwaters has been draining away and the fast ferry increasingly favoured in spite of its premium fare. So if a new fast ferry is introduced at standard Opal fares and at greater frequency, that trend will turn into a slide. With the level of refit ...
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 11947

Re: STA Observations 2021

The main problem with light cycles appears to be the pedestrian lights. These seem to be becoming longer phases because of complaints from elderly people that they "don't have time to cross the road" within the current traffic allowances. So traffic is held up for, quite often non-existent, pedestr...
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 11947

Re: STA Observations 2021

The situation at Arthur and Clara Sts is that the lights at either end need to release traffic more frequently. If this happened the buses wouldn’t have problem. There’s no space for bus lanes and thery’re not necessary anyway. It’s just the light cycles that are the problem. If they had short cycle...
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 40
Views: 3817

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

One thing you don't know about me Linto63 is that I love old boats. In fact I wrote a technical article on the Freshwaters when they were designed and built and had many conversations with the Chief Engineer about them. They were fantastic boats at the time but from an earlier technological era. Mul...
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 11947

Re: STA Observations 2021

I've always felt that the Australian preference for "green wave" traffic light management is very unfavorable to public transport. One of the factors that keeps buses and trams moving along in Eurooe is the short, frequent cycles. At Clara and Arthur Sts in Randwick (400 etc buses) there is a huge c...
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 40
Views: 3817

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

It’s interesting to see this morning how fast the Emeralds go compared to the sluggish Freshwaters. I think there’s only going to be one outcome on the Manly ferries when the public vote with their feet - yet the Freshwater is being overhauled for twenty years more life.
by tonyp
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 11947

Re: STA Observations 2021

From my usual Sydney observation point overlooking Woolloomooloo, I see this massive stream of buses using the ED southbound in the morning peak. I assume these are buses returning from the city empty and buses from Chatswood to Bondi junction? Are there any UNSW services among these?
by tonyp
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 171
Views: 18230

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh posted some photos of the electric bus on his Facebook page. The bus will be trialled over the next 3 weeks. https://www.busnews.com.au/industry-news/2103/nsw-coffs-harbour-e-bus-trial-begins Ironically described as an "ultra low floor" bus, this is simply ano...
by tonyp
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 171
Views: 18230

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

I managed to catch the Interline BCI electric this morning it’s very quite the interior is flat floor to the two seats behind the centre door after those 2 seats the floor raises like the floor of a regular diesel bus and there where stop request buttons on the wall on the same side then the driver...
by tonyp
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 171
Views: 18230

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

It's interesting to observe the very large number of buses operating overnight in Sydney and the complete absence of electric buses amongst them, because they're presumably sitting on their depot chargers. Downtime is the achilles heel of battery-electric buses and it basically means that you need a...
by tonyp
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW

Fleet Lists wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:51 pm He is the Transport Minister for SYDNEY and NOT Regional New South Wales.
Yes of course.
by tonyp
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 46
Views: 4133

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Volgren is probably suffering from burnt figures from being previously treated in such a cavalier fashion by the same NSW government. It's good news if Bustech is considering setting up in NSW if they are continuing as a supplier there as that will eliminate the political thorn of NSW buses being so...
by tonyp
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW

I wonder if our idiotic transport minister realised that his demands simply cannot be met from a legal standpoint. He would have to legislate to clear 80m of native bush land either side of the road through national parks and in a large amount of cases, would have to compulsorily acquire all proper...
by tonyp
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW

Perhaps fill the space left with an extra wide concrete shoulder, that would look nice and be a discreet slow lane for trucks ! Humans behind the wheel I would guess are the biggest killers on our highways, not trees. Well you simply can't write off a death from hitting a tree as "it was the driver...
by tonyp
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: Resignation of Rodd Staples, Secretary of Transport for NSW

All the urbanista readers of the SMH in shock and horror about something of which they have no comprehension of reality. Constance is right on the ball here. Roadside trees are a danger to human life, not that that apparently means much nowadays. It's certainly highly desirable to clear them back to...
by tonyp
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 46
Views: 4133

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Overseas operations aren't really that relevant to how things are done here. Likewise one could cite all those four and five door central European artics and their 15-20 second dwells. The way buses are run in NSW, double deckers are very slow with the requirement that nobody can get on at any door ...
by tonyp
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 46
Views: 4133

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

I was thinking that it could be a demonstrator. I don’t think there would be a good reason for doing that as only Adelaide and Canberra would order them. Other cities/states are choosing double deck buses over artics now. It's not a typical articulated bus, so it couldn't be a demonstrator. It's a ...
by tonyp
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 46
Views: 4133

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Perhaps that large current Adelaide order for buses from Precision included a number of artics, but that was not picked up in the announcement? Or else it's a demonstration prototype. Looking at that video more closely, the coupling in the bus seems to be set high, yet these combos for Adelaide and ...
by tonyp
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5634
Views: 882758

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Now come on Tony, be reasonable, the system is still bedding in and we're supposed to watch in amazement (or struck-out, 'with our jaws dropped') as they reinvent the wheel! :twisted: My observations related to L1 (inner west) which opened in 1997. They've had 24 years to get that right and still h...
by tonyp
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 46
Views: 4133

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

It's odd that there has been no announcement of an order for new combos from any agency or operator. This one would surely only be for Adelaide or Canberra. Nowhere else in the world that I know of orders such an anachronistic design for a citybus. I'm surprised somebody even makes a chassis for the...

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