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PostPosted: 23 Nov 2007, 14:31 
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I wish Melbourne would take a leaf out of our little cousin's book and further extend our light rail networks.

Adelaide also has a great fleet of new modern trams.

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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2011, 18:58 
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Is this in Victoria Square? Wasn't the track to be extended to North
Terrace near the Adelaide Railway Station?


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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2011, 23:32 
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What do you mean a leaf?? We already have so much more tram lines than Adelaide. They could build them for the next fifty years and we'd still be ahead. What have they done that Melbourne isn't?


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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2011, 23:37 
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RobinV wrote:
Is this in Victoria Square? Wasn't the track to be extended to North Terrace near the Adelaide Railway Station?

In 2010 the tram route in Adelaide was extended from its former terminus at Victoria Square along King William Street, North Terrace and Port Road, to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.


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PostPosted: 06 Jan 2011, 03:12 
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Jedimaster asked what had Adelaide done.

Very early, 1929, Adelaide commissioned the fast electric inter-urban tramcar, now known as the "Glenelg Tram".
These were fully enclosed, and at the time were by far the fastest trams
in Australia. On the flat, they did 64kph, while Sydney's were about
30 kph, and Melbourne's about 45 kph.
The units could be run as singles, as pairs, and as triplets.

Unfortunately, other states did not take up this innovation.

Not until about the 1980s did Melbourne get a new style of tram
that was capable of faster speeds that could equal that of teh Glenelg
tram.


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PostPosted: 06 Jan 2011, 12:13 
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What you say is true RobinV, but it has to be remembered that the Glenelg tramline was a railway line until 1929, so its configuration was different from tramways built along urban streets. With a dedicated reserve for almost its entire length, and widely-spaced stations, it lent itself to higher-speed operation, like the North American interurban streetcars of that time.


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