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Sydney Light Rail in Hail storm (15/8/06)

Postby The Inspector » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:08 pm

SLR 2104 seen near China Town during a breif hail storm today.
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Postby Nexas » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:11 pm

WOW!!! Nice!

I love those sorts of weather shots!
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Postby Citybus » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:11 pm

Looks like a European city in winter.

Yeah, it was a freak storm. I was in the office and looked out the window, expecting another cloudless sunny day. Then I saw how dark it was and thought "What the??".
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Postby MAN 3668 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:24 pm

That's crazy! We had a rather impressive light show sky-ward up here earlier but nothing like that! Well done Inspector.
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Postby Deano » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:29 pm

I heard some really loud Claps of Tunder whilst at work in Campbelltown around 3.30 this arvo, but it didn't rain?

Had some pretty cool Lightning on the way home this evening too, but no hail storm :(
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Postby The Inspector » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:40 pm

Deano wrote:Had some pretty cool Lightning on the way home this evening too, but no hail storm :(


It was sunny but cool when I left home around 1pm and went to city but the clouds were already rolling in.

I went to my normal pub around 4.00pm just as it started to get realy dark and cold, weather report said showers and nothing about hail.

The hail hit hard and fast but in t2 drops, the 2nd was the hardest.

I walked outside to get the above pic and stood in the hail to do so, talk about a quick soaking and a sore head afterwoods.

The hail was that thick on the ground that walking back into the pub was a little tricky without slipping over.

But the end result makes it all worth it.
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Postby Simes » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:17 pm

I saw it coming when I left for uni just before 4, there was thunder and lightning about down at the station, it was interesting to watch the contractors working on the T card installation hurriedly pack up before it all came down

It held off while I was above ground, started to spot by the time the train got to wolli creek.

Exit the tunnel, hit the rain and hail. At first I thought it was rain, then heard the sound of the hail hitting the roof of the carriage. Arrive at Central, goto the shore platform and well the hail was sleeting under the awning, nearly making it to the stairs. It looked like a winter wonderland
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Postby <smarTTrams> » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:05 am

Does the small print in that desto say "via Market City"?

If so, does the service always run via Market City, or is that a special deviation that runs certain days/times only?

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Postby Alex on the Bus » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:09 am

<smarTTrams> wrote:Does the small print in that desto say "via Market City"?

If so, does the service always run via Market City, or is that a special deviation that runs certain days/times only?

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No, it says "via Star City", as in the casino. The SLR doesn't have any loops or spurs as yet (other than for the depot at Ultimo).
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Postby Norbert » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:54 pm

That photo is absolutely spectacular! Well done.
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Postby ScaniaK124EB » Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:05 pm

Nice shot... Mustve been a rather bad storm
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Postby Nicky Lupton » Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:06 pm

Great photo 8) :D
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Postby Wrong Way - Go Back » Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:16 pm

Yes, it is certainly a top shot. With that background architecture and the "snow" effect, it reminds me of Centraal Station in Amsterdam!

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Postby TOXANA » Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:13 pm

This morning when I got to work at Leichhardt, there were large mounds of hail where someone had swept it all into a few locations around the depot.
Doing 442s this morning, there was still hail all over the place on the ground in Balmain, particularly in parks and up against buildings.
Then I did 431s from 10.30am til about 2.30pm and there was still hail on the ground at Glebe Pt terminus and in the next street in garden beds.
The sun was now shining on it and wouldn't have lasted long after I finished.
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Postby Andy Lee » Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:09 pm

I agree with Norbert, top shop, a scoop even.
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Postby Rail Bus » Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:27 pm

It's what you call "Being In The Right Place At The Right Time!" 8)
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Postby boronia » Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:30 pm

Alex on the Bus wrote:
<smarTTrams> wrote:Does the small print in that desto say "via Market City"?

If so, does the service always run via Market City, or is that a special deviation that runs certain days/times only?

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No, it says "via Star City", as in the casino. The SLR doesn't have any loops or spurs as yet (other than for the depot at Ultimo).


For some obscure reason, the tram rolls have been equipped with several "CENTRAL STATION via....." signs. Not only "..Star City", also "..Convention Centre", "..Exhibition Centre" and others I think including (optimistically) "..Circular Quay". Similar multiple signs apply to outbound destinations.

Having so many alternatives for the same short fixed route must be even more confusing to tram "novices", esp visitors to Sydney. But the locals as always ignore the signs anyway, and go racing after the NOT IN SERVICE trams when they dont open their doors at stops near the traffic lights.
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Postby The Inspector » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:21 pm

boronia wrote:For some obscure reason, the tram rolls have been equipped with several "CENTRAL STATION via....." signs. Not only "..Star City", also "..Convention Centre", "..Exhibition Centre" and others I think including (optimistically) "..Circular Quay". Similar multiple signs apply to outbound destinations.


I have actualy seen a tram arrive at Star City heading to Central with Desto reading "Central Station via Star City" and just as it pulled up the driver changed it to "Central Station via Convention Centre".

I think this may happen quite often as a simple way to show the next main location before the terminating point.

Electronic destos would be better for this but the trams have blinds so its just another way of having multiple locations on show.

Also say if there is somethin big on at the Convention or Exhibition centre they may show those more than Star City to help emphesis that they service these locations for the special events. Just a thought.

Oh and thanks to everyone for your comments on my pic, it is one of 2 pics of the SLR that I would call my favourite, the other being a night shot at Central Station.
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Postby The Inspector » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:25 pm

Just a quick question, did anyone get any pics of other forms of transport (bus/ train) during the storm that they would like to share?

If so I would love to see them, I remember last year during a freak hail storm some very good bus pics turned up on the net.
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Postby Busnerd » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:48 pm

ha ha, that guys caught in it!
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Postby City Bus Observer » Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:22 pm

Could you harboursiders sent some of those storms to the Indian Ocean because even a rare drizzle is a talking point here in Perth, we have had in 2006 our coolest summer since 1940 and one of the driest winters on record here on the Swan.
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Postby CB80 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:01 pm

Busnerd wrote:ha ha, that guys caught in it!
ha ha, your an idiot!
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Postby <smarTTrams> » Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:13 pm

Citybus wrote:Looks like a European city in winter.

Particularly because it looks as though the tram is running on the right-hand side of the road (as it would be in Europe) and the tram stop "platform" appears to be just a traffic island.

Only when you look very carefully can you make out the overhead wires in the photo and realise that it actually is on the left-hand track.

Also, some tracks made by a car in the layer of hail stones look as though they are tram tracks, helping to reinforce the illusion that the tram is on the right-hand track.

Anyway, they are the reasons I think that, with the hail looking like snow, the building looking European, and the dark light conditions, the illusion of a European winter street scene is so strong.

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Postby Simes » Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:27 pm

I would hope that if the tram system were to expand, that they would install some kind of electronic desto system, with displays on the sides of the vehicle included. Along with a route number system, double digit?


The Inspector wrote:Just a quick question, did anyone get any pics of other forms of transport (bus/ train) during the storm that they would like to share?

If so I would love to see them, I remember last year during a freak hail storm some very good bus pics turned up on the net.


It was a day I should of had my camera with me - the ice on the platforms at central with the overflowing downpipes was a sight

Great shot mate :wink: (since i didn't say so in my last post lol)
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Postby The Inspector » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:06 am

<smarTTrams> wrote:All hail the Inspector!


Just not with hail stones thanks :wink:
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