What are those words? They are the makes of Melbourne's European built trams. Combino trams are made by Siemens of Germany. Citadis are by Alstom of France. While both companies now have newer models that are quite satisfactory, their earlier efforts at low floor disabled people friendly models were atrocious beasts and Melbourne is stuck with them for many years to come. Combino trams can be found running routes in Swanston Street and Bourke Street, while Citidas trams pretty well stick to Collins Street routes.
A conventional tram and train have wheels that sit on a frame that pivots underneath the carriage. Apparently it is called a bogie. But not these afore mentioned trams that have fixed wheels that do not turn left nor right but sit straight ahead when the vehicles are travelling around a curve.
So what happens when the fixed wheel meets a track curve? The wheel slams against the side of the rail and throws the tram and those inside the tram in the opposite direction.
Add to this woefully inadequate air conditioning, well, we was sold a pup.
Thanks ex Premier Jeff Kennett and Transport Minister Alan Brown. Your legacies are generally not appreciated.
While Melbourne's quite old B class trams, mostly an Australian product, have high steps and and so are not disabled/pram friendly, they are vastly superior, with comfortable seating and space, plenty to hold onto, good climate control units and a smooth and quiet ride. How we ever went backwards in passenger comfort, I will never understand.
You want some photos so that you can avoid rough and noisy trams? Like you have a choice, but anyway.........
This is a Combino tram. Avoid it. I hope it works better in Amsterdam where I saw many of them.
A Citadis, in my opinion not quite as bad as a Combino, but others don't always agree.
And a B class tram, the most wonderful tram Melbourne has ever experienced.