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Tangara upgrade contract awarded to UGL

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Re: Tangara upgrade contract awarded to UGL

Postby Swift » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:27 pm

push button rather than a handle for the inter-car doors

I always liked that way of opening them. I think a button is not as ergonomic.
I noticed the other day how well the Tangas stack up against their later brethren. Thanks to the interior upgrades, I think the average commuter would barely notice the difference over an A set or an Oscar. The M sets might stand out due to their seating and vocal drives.
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Re: Tangara upgrade contract awarded to UGL

Postby Jurassic_Joke » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:45 pm

PaulSEO wrote:
Tangaraupgrade.png


Here is an image of a Tangara Technology upgrade in progress.

Changes I note:

push button rather than a handle for the inter-car doors
change of the saloon seating to fold up for wheelchair access
addition of handrail and help points (incomplete) above the saloon seating, similar to a Waratah
move of help points to the saloon side of the vestibule rather than the upper / lower deck side
red upholstered seating on one side of saloon signifying for aged / disability customers

Here is a good pic of a recently refurbished car for comparison:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Tr ... tibule.jpg

The prototype of the TTU is due this month (October, 2017)


So they're gunna make the Saloon seats significantly less comfortable. Wow. Good one
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Re: NSW Railway Observations - December 2017

Postby Stonesourscotty » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:28 am

Has the refurbished tangara entered service yet?
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Re: Tangara upgrade contract awarded to UGL

Postby boronia » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:57 pm

Here is a good pic of a recently refurbished car for comparison:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Tr ... tibule.jpg


That appears to be an unrefurbished vestibule, picture is dated 2008.

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Re: Tangara upgrade contract awarded to UGL

Postby PaulSEO » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:17 pm

No. That is a refurbished car with yellow poles and monkey bar style hand-holds in the ceiling. The date in the file history says: 09:15, 14 October 2011 so maybe whoever created it in 2008 replaced it later.

Other than this news article about the drivers' desk: http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/sto ... omination/ there is no update. They have slipped several deadlines, and are now forecasting 2019 completion rather than the July 2018 that the state contracted UGL for. I wish I could miss my work deadlines by that much and still get such a big payday.

I've asked a state MP to follow it up, and they may do a GIPAA (fka FOI) request to see what is going on:

back in August 2015, the Government awarded a contract to UGL Unipart for $131M to upgrade over 400 Tangara train cars. The work was supposed to be completed by July 2018.

To date, they have completed zero, over 2 years later. As far as I know, they are about a year late on even delivering a prototype.

These upgrades included CCTV which is de rigueur in modern trains for passenger safety, as well more accommodations for people with a disability.

As you know, a large part of the rail network is served exclusively by these Tangara trains, i.e. the Illawarra / Eastern Suburbs line, so effectively, passengers using that line are being discriminated against by not having these upgrades completed in a timely manner.

Perhaps you could please ask Minister Constance, or his representative in the Legislative Council, why the delay?
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