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by matthewg
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Transport for NSW investigating system outage amid 'hacking' fears
Replies: 3
Views: 2290

Re: Transport for NSW investigating system outage amid 'hacking' fears

Having the hackers subvert a payroll run and send everyone's pay to the Bahamas would get their attention though. :-)

Although given the way the NSW government splashes cash around would they even notice?
by matthewg
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

The four minute service would stop running pretty quick without a driver... I once saw a serious proposal for wireless multiple-unit control to get over all that pesky jumper cable stuff. There IS enough computer power on those Citadis 305s to have the rear car follow the front one by itself with n...
by matthewg
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

The Traffic Light for the Buses was clearing quite often, without a Bus being there, but the T Light for the Trams only changed when a Tram was in the Section between the Moore Park Stop and Lang Road. The T lights ONLY clear if the transponder on a tram 'requests' it. Otherwise, the T signal stays...
by matthewg
Thu May 21, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Considering French tramways has been a big theme of this thread, it's interesting to point out that the French is at it again trying to re-invent the tram this time in the UK. https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/light-rail/british-group-receives-funding-to-develop-low-cost-lrt-track-system/ The B...
by matthewg
Sat May 16, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus contracts to drive improved services (as from 2020)
Replies: 148
Views: 24682

Re: New bus contracts to drive improved services (as from 20

Doesn't really matter at the end of the day who wins the contracts anyway. All it changes the logo on the drivers uniform and on the depot plate on the bus. It's the same drivers driving the same buses on the same roads in the same traffic, from the same depots with the same shed staff and the same ...
by matthewg
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Custombus model
Replies: 139
Views: 32294

Re: New Custombus model

Actually many of us probably would, just speaking a different language perhaps. If it wasn't Cook it would have been someone else a bit later. If the Dutch had made landfall in the east instead of the desolate north-west we could have all ended up speaking some variant of Afrikaans instead and our ...
by matthewg
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

I would expect the L3 to open after mid April. I would not be surprised if it's quietly opened today or in the next few days. If passengers are around they will be allowed to board. No announcement or fanfare. If they did announce it, there would be a significant contingent of tram and transport en...
by matthewg
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

I live in the "catchment zone" for the L2 Randwick Line. I'm the only person with a care either way about transport in my circle of friends and locals that I know. They ALL have whinged about the light rail to the extent they all refuse to catch it. Of course that's just my circle of people who liv...
by matthewg
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Variously over the years light rail trips have come up as train, more commonly ferry and least often light rail. Its a common problem. I don't see the problem except for the ferry part. For reasons only known to Cubic's software developers, Opal uses the same mode code for Light Rail and Ferrys so ...
by matthewg
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Use of Back Door on Buses
Replies: 1642
Views: 345464

Re: Use of Back Door on Buses

Been seeing a number of users 'boarding' via the centre/rear door on buses recently, and not even at an interchange for that matter. Was thinking where had I seen all door boarding overseas - it was in Taipei where this is apparently commonplace. It's common in Europe and apparently in Asia. With t...
by matthewg
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 398
Views: 68195

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Yes heading North. Possibly Enfield / Chullora - plenty of room for cranes to unload the carriages. And they need a nice large but secure space to store the cars till the ONRSR investigation team are satisfied they have all physical evidence and release them back to the operator for repair. While t...
by matthewg
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Newcastle light rail, renewal & integrated transport
Replies: 1138
Views: 287115

Re: Newcastle light rail, renewal & integrated transport

So what's the problem? It won't impact average running time at all, even less so if it was the CSELR. And the rails don't carry any traction return current either, so even if the rails cracked, as long as the concrete was holding the rails in gauge there shouldn't be much of a problem. According to...
by matthewg
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 398
Views: 68195

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

If they don't tap on when boarding, then I expect that they would be denied exit at the busier CBD stations with barriers, or have I got that wrong? The system will NEVER trap you in a station. You can always 'tap off' and open the barrier. This is part of the reasom card balances can go negative -...
by matthewg
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

On my several trips I've found people constantly exchanging at the Surry Hills stop. Not crowds, but a constant small flow of people. Agreed Moore Park is a non-event except at certain times. Not only is Devonshire full of many pubs and restaurants, but the area is also a hotbed of boutique technol...
by matthewg
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 398
Views: 68195

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Happy to be told this idea is either impossible, stupid, impractical etc. (eg even if you could haul them, perhaps they can’t be stabled overnight anywhere). The 'deckers are out of gauge for the country rail network I believe. The V sets might be narrow-bodied, but they are long and high. The enti...
by matthewg
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

These trams will only block traffic if they break down in the middle of an intersection. Oh, haven't they already? And even then that shouldn't happen. Unless actually derailed, there is enough redundancy in a modern LRV to at least 'limp' out of the way if something breaks. I think the problem is ...
by matthewg
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

I can't believe we are in the 21st century and we have light rail vehicles so stifled by technical difficulties. That's because these projects are not engineering-led anymore, but finance-led. I'm fortunate in that I have access to extensive documentation of a 'modern' low floor tram and a fairly g...
by matthewg
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

If you have to have a fixed truck tram - and most new systems buy them, the Citadis isn't a bad choice. Alstom have learned how to damp the waddling that plagues the '2 rooms and a bath' platform. Part of this may be due to their newer motor bogie design, they have a mechanical link between the whee...
by matthewg
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

All the big names offer rotating bogie trams - Even Alstom have the Citadis Dualis with rotating bogies. But very few systems buy them. They buy fixed bogie trams instead. Alstom only offers the Dualis as tram-train car, but I'm sure they would do an urban only version if a customer was prepared to ...
by matthewg
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

I don't what the delay is at Town hall for the change between pan and skids, but I've heard it is not a quick changeover. Watch it, it's about 45 seconds. The tram stops, the shoes go down, presumably, the tram detects that it actually has power and then pantograph drops. Reverse on the way back. T...
by matthewg
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Apples and Oranges comparison, is it not? Metro is completely automated - I can understand such systems having to bed in as that metro line has unique characteristics, like every other automated line. Then there's the light rail - Sydney already had one operating and aside from no overheard wires i...
by matthewg
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

At least buses don't have to go though this bullsh!!t. Wait until a low floor bus sucks water into somewhere water shouldn't go and suffers expensive damage. :-) However, I guess a bus operator with very few buses can always rent one from somewhere else while they get their one fixed. The tram oper...
by matthewg
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5451
Views: 845188

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Hay St flooded again, as did a few other places along the IWLR route.

After having a tram out of action for months due to water damage, Transdev are now paranoid about water levels and shutdown operations the moment water starts to collect on the tracks.
by matthewg
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 398
Views: 68195

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

flyover or underpass between Illawarra Local and Main track pairs south of Wolli Creek to allow more efficient merging of all stations and express T4 trains without conflicting movements and even re-aligning the track pairs to allow parallel running of the Up and Down tracks to Hurstville and any e...
by matthewg
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Tickets On Trackwork Buses
Replies: 42
Views: 8031

Re: Tickets On Trackwork Buses

Opal enabled buses do report back to the real time data feed, so there’s a bonus that you can actually tell how far away your bus is! Never seen it show up on trackers. I've taken a Opal replacement service and none of the real-time apps showed the bus location or real-time. They were for me last I...

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