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(AUS)Melbourne's new trams revealed


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From The Age:

Melbourne's new trams revealed

Clay Lucas

August 24, 2011

The prototype of a fleet of 50 new trams that will begin appearing on Melbourne's network from late next year has been unveiled today by Transport Minister Terry Mulder.


Mr Mulder went to Dandenong, to train and tram manufacturer Bombardier, this afternoon to preview the mock-up of the first low-floor tram.


Bombardier was awarded the contract for the 50 new trams last year.



The trams are 33 metres long and feature a door at each end for the exclusive use of tram drivers, under a design agreed under the previous state government. There are five passenger doors on each side of the tram.


The trams are too long for many Melbourne superstops but the alignment of the doors mean that passengers will be able to get on and off despite the tram's ends jutting out off the superstops.


The new Bombardier trams, which will be just over 50 per cent locally manufactured, can carry up to 210 passengers, with seating for 64 people.


The trams have a maximum speed of 80km/h - which will be seldom reached on Melbourne's system, where the average speed is about 16km/h.




They looked intresting in the concept art. They don't look all that bad in mock up form. However I've noticed the isle has become narrower.

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