Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dangerous Tram Loading?

Speaking of jumping on moving trams.....

This clip used to be on You Tube and I published it once from there but alas it has been removed. It shows old Sydney trams very effectively clearing the race going crowds from Randwick Racecourse in 1928. I guess if you are not so spritely, you hang back until the crowds have gone.

Some of the trams briefly stop but most do not. Click here to watch. Imagine buses trying to move crowds like that. Impossible.

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  1. I guess they are not going very fast but still if you fell over you would get run over.
    Merle.................

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    1. Merle, I would be more worried about being trampled, I think.

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  2. Such well behaved crowds too... And I would have to wait. Sigh.

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    1. EC, I would wait too. I wonder if Sydney had early pub closing and they were rushing to get drinks before the pubs shut.

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  3. Oh god, I could handle getting on a moving tram easier than being stuck within all those masses of people. I tried the SF street car once and it was so crowded I swore never again.

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    1. Rubye, I guess you mean the cable cars. They always seem crowded, and accidents do happen quite often.

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  4. When I was a child polish railway stations were similar there were too many people who wanted to get on especially at the seaside. Now situation is completely different because most Polish drive a car for their holiday or simply take a plane abroad

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    1. Gosia, until so many people have cars and there is bad congestion on the roads, they go back to trains because they are quicker.

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  5. I remember as a kid visiting San Francisco and people were hanging off the sides of trams as they were traveling and I was very disappointed my parents wouldn't let us do that.
    No women at the races in those days!

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    1. Jackie, it would be an exciting thing to do for a kid, but your parents were wise.

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  6. So many people! And so many trams! Clearly they knew how to cater for crowds back then. Interesting to see them all getting on as the trams crawled along. I'm assuming as soon as they cleared that street and were properly on their way the trams went at a regular pace.

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    1. Possibly not River. If you take a look at the second video, marked with 2, it shows Anzac Junction and it looks chaotic.

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  7. Surely it would be more efficient if they got rid of the tramway employees, got passengers to touch on and touch off, then built a bloody big hole in a park to take all the cars away?

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    1. Health and transport FC. As Sir Humphrey proved that hospitals work very well without patients, so would public transport run quite efficiently without passengers.

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  8. Amazingly organised crowds hey Andrew, wonder if it would work like that these days.. a lot of hyper people around :)

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    1. Very much doubt it would work now Grace. Imagine the legal claims if anything happened.

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