• Sydney tram
As in many major cities around the world, the Sydney trams appeared in the late nineteenth century, reached its peak in the first half of the twentieth, and then fell into decay and was closed. The last car drove here in 1961: it is considered an archaic form of transport then simply did not survive competition with nabiravschimi speed buses and cars. 36 years later, it became apparent that no rail transport, the modern city can not do, and the city authorities decided to convert an unused branch freight railway line in a light rail transit (LRT). Modern tram kind commonly referred to that way in order to emphasize its differences from the classical (a tram is, for example, in Prague, he never closed).
Sydney early XX century. The ships have not yet given way to his seat aircrafts, so people from all over the world come to Australia only through the port. Life boils.
Major tram line connecting the port to the business center. Now it has long been closed, but the recovery is due to start on April 25 this year, the track will take place virtually in the same place where they were a hundred years ago.
At its peak the Sydney tram network was one of the largest in the world and the second largest in the British Commonwealth, second only to London. In 1945, the tram perevoz 405 million passengers and the number of simultaneously working cars in the twenties reached in 1600.
Now of such magnificence can only dream. With the London tram happened about the same thing: the decline and closure in the mid-twentieth century, redefining the value and the beginning of work on the restoration to the beginning of the twenty-first. Unfortunately, in many Russian cities are still considered inefficient mode of transport tram and follow the path that many countries have already passed more than fifty years ago.
This is what is the modern Sydney tram. There is only one line, but were large stretches of 12, 8 km, all her twenty-three stations, nine of which opened in March this year. Compare with the golden age of the Sydney tram, when the total length of the network is 291 km.
Samih trams bit, here only two models. Here is an old German Variotram, he travels to eastern Sydney from the opening of the line in 1997.
Sometimes cars completely pasted over advertising.
Variotramov only seven pieces, each with its own number from 2101 to 2107. Each new composition has traditionally given a serial number count comes from the very first tram running in the late nineteenth century.
In place of the old German wagons should come soon Spanish trams Urbos 3. From June 2014 they are three serial numbers from 2112 by 2114. In the near future should be put nine more.
An attentive reader may wonder what happened to the trams with the numbers 2108, 2109, 2110 and 2111. They are in Sydney is no more. Part of the contract with the Spanish company CAF was a temporary supply of four old Urbos trams 2, taken from lines in Velez-Malaga and Seville. They operated in a short period from March to June of last year and really liked the passengers.
All the trams are low-floor, as it should be. Everywhere to pay attention to the gap between the platform and the car, just like in the London Underground. The fact that the platform below the level of the floor tram. At each stop, there is one on the rise for the disabled landing platform, where the floor of the car and the platform at the same level. Why do not all stop at the level of the floor of the car - is unclear.
In the cabin.
Here's a he, Sydney tram. Construction of the second line has already begun.