Fascinated by the failure of the recently implemented light rail system in Sydney I wandered into the CBD for a gander.
Surprised to see several routes still running, a street sweeper man told me it was only one route affected by stress cracks in the tram’sunder carriage. These cheaper Spanish trams came with only three bogies per set when four might have been indicated for a more robust design. Whilst similar failures in such trams have been noted in other cities world wide,not so in Melbourne, where more expensive trams have four bogies per set.
The street sweeper moved on to whisk away the city detritus and fallen plane tree leaves, leaving me better informed. I contemplated the consequences for being cheap
Looking from up from the street bench I think I see another example of government frugality. A cheap means of communicating messages to drivers, in this case driver 651, directly cross the road.
Looking more closely it was in fact massages being offered at 651 George St.
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