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#1
Canberra Metro / Re: Five New Trams
Last post by Barry Drive - Today at 11:34:24 AM
Quote from: triumph on May 28, 2024, 06:22:34 PMI did say that only one had been shipped. So only one for first arrival, possibly late June but probably in July.
If this is the case, Tram 015 will be on one of these three ships:
• Höegh Trigger - due to arrive at Port Kembla 4 June
• Höegh Target - due to arrive at Port Kembla 19 June
• Höegh London - due to arrive at Port Kembla 30 June

After that, the next available ship is Höegh Trotter which departs Santander 11 June and arrives Port Kembla 20 July.
#2
Fleet / Re: Renaults a go go: the fina...
Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses - Today at 10:54:20 AM
Oh I see, couple of numbers missing from the scania list already :o
What's happening with 979? Can't recall seeing it recently, has that fallen fate to the retirements yet or will the Tuggy's be the last to go with it included?
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Fleet / Re: Renaults a go go: the fina...
Last post by Barry Drive - Today at 09:26:57 AM
Quote from: triumph on Yesterday at 08:33:06 PMJust chance, or an indication that gas bus withdrawals are having an impact? Or even that Yutongs being charged during operational hours need to be covered?
Firstly: this is getting close to setting off the "off-topic" alarm.

Secondly: the underlying cause would be the withdrawal of the Scania L94s without replacements. The immediate cause would be a backlog in the workshops (for any number of reasons - availability of parts, complexity of repairs ...). You can only survive the removal of spare buses from your fleet for so long before you find out why you actually needed that many.

#4
The Playground / Re: What PT did you get today?...
Last post by triumph - Yesterday at 09:41:49 PM
550 (R3)
402 (57)
573 (57)
542 (R4)
445 (R6)
009 (R1)
647 (R9)
631 (R3)
#5
Fleet / Re: Renaults a go go: the fina...
Last post by triumph - Yesterday at 08:33:06 PM
Quote from: 743 on May 28, 2024, 09:13:24 PMRenault sighted departing Calwell Shops on a 79 just now (yes - at 9:10pm).
Just chance, or an indication that gas bus withdrawals are having an impact? Or even that Yutongs being charged during operational hours need to be covered? Speculation - time will probably resolve
#6
Fleet / Re: Renaults a go go: the fina...
Last post by L94UBbusfan - Yesterday at 07:15:39 PM
Quote from: 743 on May 28, 2024, 09:13:24 PMRenault sighted departing Calwell Shops on a 79 just now (yes - at 9:10pm).

I just saw a Renault on an 80 at 7pm. It isn't a Renault scheduled service. Keeping this on topic, I wonder which Renault will be the next to be retired? I think it should be 959, the last time I rode on it it sounded sick and had a problem just as I got off it, how lucky was I!
#7
Canberra Metro / Re: Five New Trams
Last post by Busnerd - Yesterday at 08:18:51 AM
They will have batteries added to the roof so whilst they will look like the Newcastle ones, they won't charge at the stops like their system, they will use the current network (Gungahlin to Alinga Street) to charge the batteries for the wire free section.

The new ones are essentially the same but as expected with all things there will be minor changes to the new ones, likely from 'lessons learned' from the first stage, but expect these to be minor differences like placement of items etc. I have heard these may have more hopper windows but unsure if they will allow passengers to open these or not (Current ones are usually locked).
#8
Canberra Metro / Re: Five New Trams
Last post by Barry Drive - May 28, 2024, 11:16:25 PM
Quote from: L94UBbusfan on May 28, 2024, 07:16:48 PMAlso why would they order the new trams so early before stage 2A is complete?

https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/chris-steel-mla-media-releases/2022/vehicle-contract-signed-as-canberra-light-rail-stage-2a-gets-the-green-light

Or you could actually read what's already been said above:
Quote from: triumph on May 26, 2024, 12:10:17 AMAbout August 2022 5 new LRVs equipped for partial wire free operation were ordered from CAF in Spain. The intent is to bolster the fleet for the opening of Stage 2A to Commonwealth Park and provide substitutes to enable existing LRVs to be progressively removed from service for retrofitting of partial wire free operating equipment.
#9
Fleet / Re: Renaults a go go: the fina...
Last post by 743 - May 28, 2024, 09:13:24 PM
Renault sighted departing Calwell Shops on a 79 just now (yes - at 9:10pm).
#10
Fleet / Re: Renaults a go go: the fina...
Last post by L94UBbusfan - May 28, 2024, 08:34:36 PM
Looking into routes operated by Renaults, I believe there is only 1 Renault service scheduled on a Rapid route left. This is an R8 service to Belconnen in the late afternoon

Quote from: 743 on May 23, 2024, 05:44:17 PMincluding Tuggeranong fleet on Routes R5

As seen here, Rapid services may be operated by Renaults, but not scheduled. The R8 is the only scheduled Rapid route with a Renault.