Monday, March 26, 2007
Got a Sunday ride
This is the new Combino tram from Siemens of Germany that is here in Melbourne as a promotion with the hope that Melbourne will order many of them. It is part of an order for Lisbon or nearby, Portugal. But as they are not ready for it yet, it was sent out here for a few months. If you look around it carefully, you can see some Portuguese writing and stickers over some Portguese writing.
Consider your oldest Melbourne tram, the W class, is 14 metres long, the newer Z class model is 17 metres long, the Siemens Combino tram in Melbourne presently is 20 metres long, the extra long Combino tram, 34 metres, this one is 37 metres. It is a long long tram.
It is a considerably improvement on their last model and with some meticulous calculations I worked out where it would be so R and I went for a ride Sunday morning. We only went for a few stops and then walked home. Just enough to test it out. We were quite impressed, but it is probably too long for Melbourne.