Started by triumph, November 14, 2017, 06:35:34 PM
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Quote from: triumph on March 21, 2018, 12:03:49 PMThe slightly raised surface of street crossings mentioned in posts is noticeable - as this is a work in progress, the final finished surface level of the streets may ease the perceived 'hump' effects on traffic.
Quote from: triumph on April 16, 2018, 04:44:04 PMThe various comments in the media about vehicle testing starting at the end of the month seem a trifle over enthusiastic.
Quote from: Bus 503 on May 26, 2018, 09:18:46 AMDoes anyone know what the big objects are that are on top of the track slab near the Cooyong Street intersection?They are square-shaped with a triangular cut-out on one side.
Quote from: triumph on July 09, 2018, 11:39:02 PMCAF says they offer Urbos 111 range in 3 widths 2.3m, 2.4m, and 2.65m - does anyone know for sure which width is supplied to Canberra's system?
Quote from: triumph on September 03, 2018, 10:54:08 PM The provision of the cross over and the destination signage suggests that short running City to Dickson Interchange has been provided for. Whether it will be routine is yet to be revealed.
Quote2.1 General Requirements (a) All Services must run over the complete route except for scheduled journeys from and to the Depot for LRVs to enter and leave service. These journeys must be available for use by Customers from the first Stop after the Depot and to the last Stop before the Depot, except for: (i) Services prior to First Service that may be required to undertake safety checks. For the purposes of the Payment Schedule, these Services are not Passenger Services; and (ii) Special Event Services as advised by the Territory under section 2.5 (c) that may not run over the complete route. (b) An LRV which is in service must stop at all Stops on the Timetable and the doors must be enabled to offer Customers the opportunity to board and alight.
Quote from: Busnerd on September 12, 2018, 03:31:37 PMI had a look at the contracts or designs online recently after a quick google, it seems quite a few of the stops have a provision for platform extensions if required in the future and that the room to do so has been left although it didn't appear by much, maybe one extra module or section of the tram seemed to be all that was catered for. I suppose without extending the vehicles the other option could just be an increased off peak frequency if required as it doesn't appear a peak frequency could be improved without ordering more vehicles.Also the metro website update mentioned today that the dickson testing should start this month.
Quote from: Barry Drive on September 15, 2018, 01:37:39 PMRudd / Bunda St crossing - unlike every other Northbourne intersection, no work has commenced here. The plan is for a new right turn lane northbound allowing turns into Bunda St, but there will be no right turn from Northbourne into Rudd. (So will this be where the first collision will occur?)
Quote from: ajw373 on September 17, 2018, 05:10:41 PMAs for first collision, I am not quite sure why this intersection would be any 'riskier' than any other. That said I would think it would be a good idea to condition people to the no southbound turn and no stop in middle right hand turn well before service starts. Some people drive by habit rather than what they see on the road.
Quote from: Barry Drive on September 17, 2018, 07:12:29 PMAs for the OHW layout, maybe it's because we now use pantographs rather than trolley poles.
Quote from: Bus 503 on September 27, 2018, 05:51:59 AMAccording to the Canberra Meteo website, the Unimog was supposed to travel to Dickson last night.
Quote from: Barry Drive on September 28, 2018, 11:34:40 AMUnless it's changed, the website says "preparations to test vehicles down into Dickson will commence on Wednesday night." It didn't specifically say the Unimog will travel Dickson on Wednesday, just that it will be the first vehicle to do so.
Quote from: Barry Drive on September 28, 2018, 11:34:40 AMThe Dickson crossover now has signals installed. The overhead is unchanged which leads me to wonder whether the trams will be able to switch tracks without the need for a third wire. The tracks are close enough that the pantograph might be able to retain contact. Will only know when it's finished, I suppose.
Quote from: Barry Drive on October 09, 2018, 08:36:01 PMAs for the one at Dickson: still no wire, but it looks as though it will be installed very soon. (All OHW is reportedly due to be completed this week.)
Quote from: Busnerd on October 12, 2018, 09:48:46 AMRoad traffic follow the road traffic signs, not the light rail speed limits, the road speed limits will be 70 on Flemington Rd in both directions, assuming it may drop to 60 for the single lane section after Manning Clark up to Kate Crace Street.
Quote from: triumph on October 12, 2018, 10:28:29 AMThat was my point. Why constrain Light Rail to 50 across the level crossing (presumably with thoughts for traffic/pedestrian safety) if the adjacent parallel road traffic continues to be subject to a 70 speed limit? Not much difference to being hit by a truck cruising through at 70 to being hit by a light rail vehicle cruising through at 70. As I said, illogical.In the location mentioned in earlier post, the proximity of the stop to the crossing tends to render the 50 limit irrelevant for stopping services. (If, as has been mentioned previously, all public services are to stop, even if no passengers are to get on/off, it might just be reasonable that non-stop non-public services are slowed to match expectations of normality.)
Quote from: triumph on October 19, 2018, 09:08:42 PMCanberra Metro, in an update, says the overhead was completed last weekend. Near enough, it appears complete, when viewed casually, but a close look revealed tags dangling down and main cables at a support pole do not seem to be connected yet.
Quote from: ajw373 on October 23, 2018, 08:24:52 PMAnd they still do not appear to be even close to running tests south of the depot. North of the depot to Mapleton Ave it does look they they have finished, except for the stops, but I am yet to see any test running between the depot and Mapelton. Anyone know if they swap out the test trams under their own power now or still use the unimog?
Quote from: Bus 503 on October 27, 2018, 09:17:01 AMWhen will testing from the depot to Dickson start? I understood it would begin in mid October but it's past that now and there hasn't been any update from Canberra Metro for a while regarding this. Originally, I thought testing to Dickson would start in mid September but I guess I must have read it wrongly.Also, now that all the tracks are in and the power poles and wire connected, is there really that much left to do? All I can think of is landscaping, finishing the shelters on Northbourne and adding tram lights to intersections (still not done on Girawheen).
Quote from: ajw373 on November 04, 2018, 12:45:31 AMThey grind the rails to properly profile them. And not just at joints etc it is all along the line.
Quote from: triumph on November 04, 2018, 11:01:04 PMThat is surprising considering modern quality control and that the rails are factory new. What sort of rail faults are you suggesting? Lack of smoothness and profile accuracy in manufacture, or slight misalignments (twists, etc) during installation?I tend to associate grinding with correction of wear after a considerable period of use, but on reflection do seem to recall the Sydney Tram Museum many years ago lending their rail grinder for some work on a new line (Eastern Suburbs??).
Quote from: Sylvan Loves Buses on November 05, 2018, 08:15:50 AMYeah, not every rail strip is identically perfectly shaped as the next, gotta smooth them out to be just right.
Quote from: Sylvan Loves Buses on November 05, 2018, 11:14:26 PMYes of course, especially the intersection of Flemington and Federal, must be quite the workout.
Quote from: Sylvan Loves Buses on November 07, 2018, 02:26:01 PMI don't know? Geez dude, I was only hypothesising. I don't know much about lightrail other than they're fun to ride...I have few fond memories left of the old Sydney trams with Cadbury Chocolate AOAs from when I was young, don't ruin them for me
Quote from: Bus 400 on November 11, 2018, 07:25:07 PMIt looked like tracks were being relaid on Flemington Road outside Mitchell Tip yesterday, with the plastic sheet giveaway.
Quote from: ajw373 on December 12, 2018, 08:27:28 AM009 is now back at Dickson. Though unless I am mistaken it is now on a different track. Before I think it was on the Gungahlin bound track. Now it is on the city bound track.
Quote from: triumph on December 12, 2018, 11:48:33 PM9.15pm this evening an LRV was on the City Bound side at Dickson with the Unimog attached at the Northern end. 1/2hr later it and the Unimog were at the Barton Highway junction. Perhaps checking track etc details prior to next test phase of powering up.
Quote from: ajw373 on December 13, 2018, 06:45:57 PMOne had the desto set to Gungahlin and the other Allinga Street, but both said (Excl EPIC). Which makes me wonder if there are no events on at EPIC if the LRV's will not stop there. Otherwise seems a strange sign to have programmed.
Quote from: Bus 400 on December 14, 2018, 09:57:13 PMThe big concern probably is who would use the Park & Ride? With Well Station Drive providing access to a soon to be completed Horse Park Drive & even Gungahlin Drive doesn't back up like it use to. A little bit of money could be spent duplicating Well Station to provide for more people then the P&R could. Sent from my SM-T810 using Tapatalk
Quote from: Busnerd on December 14, 2018, 10:50:39 PMI would like to see Well Station duplicated, even if not between Horse Park and Flemington,
Quote from: Barry Drive on July 12, 2018, 12:12:30 PMUrbos *100 (refers to 100% low floor).For absolutely sure? No. But I'm fairly certain it's 2.65m. All the interior photos make it look like it's wider than a bus.
Quote from: triumph on December 19, 2018, 04:37:55 PMA senior manager of Metro Operations has now made it clear that Canberra has the widest width.
Quote from: ajw373 on January 02, 2019, 01:19:57 PMWhat should be a positive light rail article, saying there are only $7m in variations, has been turned into a negative headline by the ever helpful Canberra Crimes.
Quote from: Toyota Camry on January 06, 2019, 08:35:49 PMIt is looking like much of the electrical work for stage 1 will be need to be re-done; https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/white-elephant-fears-canberra-light-rail-network-won-t-be-certified-20181213-p50m69.html
Quote from: Toyota Camry on January 06, 2019, 08:35:49 PMWith the L1 to be most likely operated using buses from April 27th, in addition to the new network, it is looking highly likely that the withdrawn Renaults at both Fyshwick and Tuggeranong will be reactivated;
Quote from: Toyota Camry on January 06, 2019, 08:35:49 PMI am predicting an opening delayed until 2020...
Quote from: Barry Drive on January 08, 2019, 07:35:38 PMCanberra Times "walking back" prevous article:https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/non-compliant-light-rail-could-still-get-accreditation-20190107-p50pyr.htmlThey are still trying to push the line it's "non-compliant" without any real proof.The statement that it may cause a risk "to contractors digging in the area, possibly in decades' time" seems to ignore that the high voltage cables are (mostly?) buried in the median between the tracks.
Quote from: Stan butler on January 08, 2019, 08:02:32 PMInteresting today just after the storm - I noticed the section of the tracks just outside the entrance to Epic was completely under water. Yep totally submerged by a few Centimetres.I know I have written about this before but I got shot down for mentioning it then, but I will say it again. After a short storm, I cannot see how they can allow the train to operate with submerged tracks - even if it is only a few cms.Alas, the bus I was in at the time was still able to get through.
Quote from: triumph on January 30, 2019, 09:54:27 PM... in 'early December' an LRV (fleet number?) was towed to Alinga St..
Quote from: Busnerd on January 31, 2019, 09:38:05 AMThen you've answered your own contradiction, under it's own power means it drover there itself, when it was towed, it was pulled along by the diesel unimog, hence the term it is the first one arrive under it's own power.
Quote from: Barry Drive on January 31, 2019, 10:53:17 AMDid you see it towed to Alinga St? I wasn't sure one made it that far until now, and the track appeared to have been fenced off.
Quote from: triumph on February 01, 2019, 11:22:40 PMAn unusual traffic signal, I have never seen anywhere before, controls the right turn lane from the South bound side of Northbourne Ave to the North side near Murdoch St.. Instead of the usual right turn arrows (R, Y, G) the signal is equipped with 'U' turn arrows - very thoughtful.
Quote from: Barry Drive on February 03, 2019, 01:09:29 PMYou will also find U-turn signals on Moreshead Drive.As for the fences - don't know if there will be permanent fences or not, but right now many crossings have temporary fences on the inside of the race. I've also noticed some crossings have little signs near the pedestrian crossing beg buttons.
Quote from: Barry Drive on February 18, 2019, 12:13:35 PMThere also seemed to be some (more) track rectification work outside the depot.
Quote from: triumph on August 28, 2018, 11:23:27 PM.......It is extraordinarily difficult to find technical details on anything..... Other examples include..... the rail size, treatment and supplier (the media reported specially treated from Europe, I believe it to be VoestAlpine, who have a large number of standard catalogue sizes and steel treatments);......
Quote from: triumph on March 18, 2019, 10:31:41 PMIt never seems to end, a section of paving at Gungahlin at the northern end of the terminal has been lifted and the slab underneath removed, with a hole excavated. No workers were seen.
Quote from: triumph on November 10, 2018, 12:03:22 AMIt appears overhead wiring terminates at bay entries.
Quote from: triumph on November 10, 2018, 12:03:22 AMTurnouts, it was learnt, will be mainly driver controlled with ones not used regularly manually operated.