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Postby Roderick Smith » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:45 pm

I travelled in one to Belgrave on Mon.28.8. The gossip is that some are rostered regularly with the 27.8 timetable change.

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W trams & asbestos

Postby Roderick Smith » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:27 pm

Melbourne’s iconic W-Class trams grounded by asbestos fears.
Herald Sun September 6, 2017.
•Victorian company sued over asbestos death •’Concerning’ find shuts down centre works •Ratepayers slugged for asbestos blunder SOME of Melbourne’s W-Class trams have been garaged after asbestos was discovered in their flooring.
Testing of samples taken from three W-Class trams confirmed the presence of ­asbestos-­containing material.
Yarra Trams operates 13 W-Class trams in its fleet, built between 1923 and 1956.
It said the asbestos fibres were bound within the flooring material, which was covered and sealed.
The danger came to light during a routine inspection of the fleet, used on the popular City Circle tourist route.
Spokesman Simon Murphy said it was aware that some of its older assets contained, or could contain, asbestos-containing materials.
“Safety is our priority and we took immediate action to ensure the wellbeing of our employees,” he said.
“We have received expert advice that the material is considered low risk.”
The City Circle tram outside Flinders Street Station. Picture: Tourism Victoria/Sarah Nicholson Access to the three trams has been restricted as Yarra Trams works with expert advisers to manage the material.
A program is currently underway to refurbish W-Class trams, with five already completed and on the network.
None of the trams that have been refurbished contain asbestos material.
RTBU assistant secretary Phil Altieri said he was concerned to learn about the problem.
“It is concerning when you think that hundreds of people have been walking on this stuff every day,” he said.
“It only takes one tear to happen in the flooring and you have a potential exposure.”
Last February it was discovered that the cement sheeting used in flooring of four new electrical tram substations contained asbestos imported from China.
Three modular electrical substations were built in 2015 in East Brighton, the city, Thornbury and West Brunswick.
All had flooring that contained white asbestos, which was banned in Australia in 2003.
Testing found a very small risk of exposure to the deadly substance.
Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
The risk of contracting these diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled and the risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is also greater if you smoke.
The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2017

Postby krustyklo » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:38 pm

I sighted a Comeng set running the 17:21 up Eltham this afternoon. Didn't see the numbers with enough reliability to report them.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2017

Postby krustyklo » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:04 pm

Comeng set 439M - 440M, 607M - whatever it is connected to :) were running the 1.28pm up Greensborough today.
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