Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Tram Works 3 End

Part 1 here

Part 2 here

The lighting was rather good; the trees with four lights with a generator. At times some light generators did not start up at dusk and many of the 'light bulbs' failed.



Tram platforms are appearing.







New LED street lighting was installed.








Tram stop shelters.







This is exciting, the first tram through.


The first tram on the new Toorak route 58 track.



Trams everywhere very early this morning.





















I think you will have to click on this photo to see detail, but it pretty much how things ended up. I have delayed posting these many photos until down below is complete, but it is still not. The good is less walking for us to the inbound tram stop, but we have lost out bus stop down below, and lost so much on street parking. I would guess the loss of something like 60 spaces. It makes it hard for any visitors to The Highrise, but then no one really comes here anyway now. Life has changed and moved on.


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  1. Those are amazing shots from your high-rise, I presume.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Yes, from our balcony.

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  2. Wow. Definitely a birds-eye view.
    And the almost finished product looks impressive. Parking spaces seem to be one of the first casualties of any new development.

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    1. EC, I have very mixed feelings about the loss of parking. A car in the inner city is becoming a burdensome luxury.

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    2. One solution would be to ring the city with carparking stations, multi layered, and have the inner city trams and buses only. a dream for the future perhaps.

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  3. Well done! As long as the trams are regular, on time, efficient and cheap, it was worth going through all that messiness. Particularly in one of the most important boulevards in Melbourne.

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    1. Hels, regular is particularly important, and we get bad gaps and so when a tram arrives, it is often crowded. Usually there are one or two behind, so we will choose those.

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    2. Btw, Judith Buckrich has written a new book. I can't remember the area it focusing upon.

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  4. That is some works there and good to see the very first tram go through.
    What a shame about the parking, 60 spaces that is a lot of cars. Hopefully people visiting can find a spaces somewhere to park.
    Hope you are feeling much improved.

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    1. Margaret, yes, there is alternative parking but it does involve a bit of a walk. I am fine, thanks.

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  5. I think it's about time you installed a permanent live camera looking down on that intersection. We could then just tune in whenever we felt inclined, and check on progress.

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    1. Hmm Cro, I will think about that.

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  6. The trams are running! The trams are running! For some reason that makes me very happy. And hopeful that things will get moving here in Adelaide sooner rather than later.

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    1. River, I still think of with amusement your remark about how an official spokesperson said of the difficulty of making a certain right turn for a tram, and then the cut to an old tram making the turn. Things are moving in your state, including track extensions, and how about you brand new battery power storage, the biggest in the world!

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  7. I guess with change comes compromise. Good to see the pram running, interesting photos too.

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    1. Yes Blogoratti. It is all about building an underground train line, for completion in 2026, a long time away for someone my age.

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  8. A lot of work went into this area, but losing 60 parking spaces seems a lot!
    Hope you're feeling better Andrew.

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    1. The blitz of construction was amazing, Sami. But boy how things slowed down to a crawl after that. It is quite annoying about the things that haven't been finished. Have you and your husband decided about him doing work over here in Melbourne?

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  9. It doesn't seem to have taken all that long to get this far! Love the night shots Andrew, let us know when the permanent live camera is installed 😀

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    1. Perth, I think it is too hard to install a camera because there is electricity out there, aside from the light.

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