When government organisations are closed down or privatised, there can be a huge loss of expertise. At times in my opinion, it is almost a criminal offence to lose these very experienced people. However, in the case of Sydney's trams with the system being closed down in 1961 and trams not reappearing until the 1990s, it is understandable.
It greatly amused me to read that while Sydney tram tracks were covered over or pulled up after the closure of the system, existing tracks occasionally pop up as a road surface wears thin.
Not all the infrastructure was removed. There are plenty of tram remnants in Sydney and I have covered them before. But I recently heard about some of which I was unaware and also amused me. So drawing this whole post together, tram tracks need drains and of course Sydney tram tracks had drains. There were also metal plates in the road to be lifted to clean out the muck that would flow into the drains.
According to someone interested in Sydney's old trams, and there are quite a few left and they have great knowledge, many of the metal plates in the roads were never removed after they became redundant and are still in situ. While those interested in tram history might know what they are, road workers and other contractors do not and treat them with respect and make sure they don't interfere with them or cover them over when remaking a road. They don't know what they are, but they are there and need to be protected, when in fact they don't.
Well, that was supposed to be brief and I wanted to ask you a question.
There are only perhaps three posts to go about our UK visit. I have posted differently this time after our holiday by stringing them out with lots of other posts interspersed. In the past I posted the holiday reports almost sequentially when I had the week off after our holidays to recover, recuperate, sort photos and post. Now with the luxury of time, I can string them out. Future holidays in The Highrise are being discussed. Cambodia to Vietnam mostly by river boat? Big ship cruise in Alaska? Hawaii?
The question is, if you haven't worked it out, is do you prefer my holiday posts to be almost one after another or strung out over a longer period?