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Old 07-09-2008, 10:27 AM   #76
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We have those. We call them "light rail" or "trax". It's streetcars, only not as aesthetically pleasing. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of them for you, Ax. Ugly-ass things, stopping traffic on major roads every 15 minutes...
There is actually a technical difference between light rail and trams, though it's terribly pedantic and I personally just think it's a way of dressing up tramways with a "modern" name to try to re-market the basic concept. And wow, only every 15 minutes? On my route, one of the less frequent in the city, trams run every 12 minutes off-peak and every 4-5 at peak times.

I know back in the days of Melbourne's cable trams, as opposed to electric trams, their timetabling boast was "always a tram in sight" - and they lived up to it. Lucky bastards. That would be very convenient for me.

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Utah trams:

And all the tram cars we borrowed from other cities when the Olympics were here:
Wow, those aren't the most aesthetically pleasing trams ever, are they? All too boxy! Some of Melbourne's more modern trams aren't that appealling either, but at least they tend to have some curves rather than looking boxy. I'm known for my partiality towards the Z3 class from 1979-84:





(They used to be painted in a much more attractive yellow and green until just a few years ago ...)
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Snow is fun. Snowmen and snow angels and snowballfights!

Oh wow. I didnt know that. lol.

They look new and shiny.
I've been to the snow a few times, and yes, great fun! I'd love to live somewhere where it regularly snows, but I think I like Melbourne a bit too much to really want to leave it. Except maybe to go back to New Zealand, but that's really only a maybe. Going to Norway and living inside the Arctic Circle is also kind of tempting ...!

And you realise you're heading down a dangerous path; once I get going with trams, it's hard to stop the nerdiness!
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I've been to the snow a few times, and yes, great fun! I'd love to live somewhere where it regularly snows, but I think I like Melbourne a bit too much to really want to leave it. Except maybe to go back to New Zealand, but that's really only a maybe. Going to Norway and living inside the Arctic Circle is also kind of tempting ...!

And you realise you're heading down a dangerous path; once I get going with trams, it's hard to stop the nerdiness!

Yeah I wouldnt want regular snow. Ill just stick with moving to Texas.... Maybe Chicago But just cause I love Chicago so much. Big City, the Cubs, the Bears, everything I could ever ask for!

Ok ok no more trams. haha. I have to leave soon for the beach.
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They only run like 4 trains at once. Makes no sense, but that's out politico-commercial theocracy for ya
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I know back in the days of Melbourne's cable trams, as opposed to electric trams, their timetabling boast was "always a tram in sight" - and they lived up to it.
Yes, but were they moving?


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... and that's NOT boxy?? ...



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Yeah I wouldnt want regular snow. Ill just stick with moving to Texas.... Maybe Chicago But just cause I love Chicago so much. Big City, the Cubs, the Bears, everything I could ever ask for!

Ok ok no more trams. haha. I have to leave soon for the beach.
I've been to Chicago, but only O'Hare Airport - had to go through it to get from San Francisco to Nashville. O'Hare's so fucking huge that it might as well be a city unto itself! Madness. Complete madness. My seaside New Zealand hometown never felt smaller or more far away ...

Shame you can't take a tram to the beach. Oh shit, there I go again!
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They only run like 4 trains at once. Makes no sense, but that's out politico-commercial theocracy for ya
They should build more. Both rolling stock and lines. Public transport for the win.
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Well, now there's the new Frontrunner that's actual commuter rail. It goes from Ogden to SLC to Provo in...I think it's 30 minutes or something. Would take 2 hours by car.
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I've been to Chicago, but only O'Hare Airport - had to go through it to get from San Francisco to Nashville. O'Hare's so fucking huge that it might as well be a city unto itself! Madness. Complete madness. My seaside New Zealand hometown never felt smaller or more far away ...

Shame you can't take a tram to the beach. Oh shit, there I go again!
You should always go to Midway! O'hare is too big! Chicago is just plain amazing though. And you like never have to drive to get to anywhere there because they have the CTA.

Haha. Nope cant even take the bus or walk anymore cause we moved a city over.
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I've been to Chicago, but only O'Hare Airport - had to go through it to get from San Francisco to Nashville. O'Hare's so fucking huge that it might as well be a city unto itself! Madness. Complete madness. My seaside New Zealand hometown never felt smaller or more far away ...

Shame you can't take a tram to the beach. Oh shit, there I go again!
I spent four days in Chicago last year... O'Hare is huge, but nothing on Singapore airport. It doesn't smell of mould so much, either.

*still woozy from ExitMould fumes*

I did like the funky lights in one of the tunnel things under a runway in O'Hare...

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Yes, but were they moving?
The efficiency of the cable trams puts Connex and Yarra Trams to shame.

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... and that's NOT boxy?? ...
Well, at least it's got the snub nose and slanted windscreen rather than just a boxy front. And I'm biased because it's an architectural descendent of my beloved Fiducia trams from Wellington.

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That picture's awesome. And makes me realise that I need to go for a haircut bloody quick, since I haven't had a haircut since that photo!

Though I would like us to have that Phail session before a haircut, since this hair is good for rocking/Phailing out ...
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Well, now there's the new Frontrunner that's actual commuter rail. It goes from Ogden to SLC to Provo in...I think it's 30 minutes or something. Would take 2 hours by car.
Ah, yeah, I've heard of that. Although the US is sorely lagging behind on public transport, some of the recent commuter rail services that have been introduced have actually been pretty innovative and some Aussie and Kiwi cities (less Melbourne and more Adelaide, Hobart, Auckland, etc.) could learn a lot from them.
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You should always go to Midway! O'hare is too big! Chicago is just plain amazing though. And you like never have to drive to get to anywhere there because they have the CTA.

Haha. Nope cant even take the bus or walk anymore cause we moved a city over.
O'Hare was bloody insane. Couldn't believe how long it took me to get anywhere there. I think there were more people working there than there are people in my hometown.
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