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Canberra Metro / Re: Light Rail Stage 1 Construction
« Last post by triumph on Today at 10:17:30 PM »
Had a look to day from a route 200 bus. The following are from quick notes I made en route.

S of Girrahween some slab with rails ready to place noted.

Between Girrahween and Wakefield the track slab has been laid for about half the section at the Wakefield end.

Wakefield to Antill: The bedding for the track slab is nearing completion.

Antill to Barton: Preparation of slab underway in first half with track slab placed in second half.

Barton to Flemington: Some slab still to do but well advanced. Some railing?

Flemington to Sandford: Slab largely complete with some rail laid/ready to place. The creek has been bridged.

N of Sandford track laying is nearly complete with some rail still to place in slab (mostly seen on City bound side). It is very hard from the bus to observe whether rail is in the slab slots or not but appears to be mostly installed.

Overhead contact wire is in position N of Wells Station Dr. Few poles to S though.

Station roofs are installed at Wells Station, Nullabor, Mapleton, Gungahlin term. Also the frame is on site at the City end.

Landscaping is in various stages, some parts advanced, N of Nullabor.

Overall, the whole project seems to be visibly well and truly past halfway mark.

Much effort is evident, with a concrete pour in progress at 5pm! at the Gungahlin terminus.

A road side trailer sign near Gungahlin glimpsed from the bus seemed to be announcing vehicle testing at nights this week.

Earlier this month I walked from Central Station to Circular Quay via George St and, though some track is constructed, I was surprised at the amount of work still to do on Sydney's current light rail project. The site is very constrained within the centre of George St and a visible shemozzle compared with ACT's light rail works. An interesting aspect is the centre 3rd 'rail' strip for power supply between the tracks (no overhead in City). It seems technology operates to keep it 'live' only beneath a light rail vehicle. Later had a look out Randwick Way at Alison Rd. There is completed rail and overhead work here, but again there is still activity in the corridor and I didn't get the overall completion impression implied in the media. According to the media there is very serious wrangling between Government and Contractor on time to complete and additional costs. My impression is that the ACT project is going, in comparison, very smoothly.

At the Gungahlin Place terminus I found it now just barely possible to very briskly cross Gungahlin Place on the 'walk' sign. But, dear me, what a congested arrangement for the buses.
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Photo of the Month / Re: Photo of the Month - June 2018
« Last post by King of Buses on Today at 01:23:06 PM »
Two Gungahlin photos from me this month...

445 lays over at sunset on The Valley Ave, Gungahlin, before starting a route 956 to the City.


639 turns around at Efkarpidis St before operating a route 52.

A third photo may or may not be added at a later date.
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Canberra Region / Re: Sylvan's Photos of 2018
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on Today at 01:14:23 PM »
Need a shot of 422 with its AOA? Well if so, here you go.
Sorry about the bush though, couldn't get a better angle.



One thing for sure, this vantage point on the alternative backway entry to officework's carpark is one great way of getting some roof shots of the buses - but would have to get real lucky to get the unusual buses.
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Photo of the Month / Re: Photo of the Month - June 2018
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on Today at 01:11:05 PM »
My two entries this month:

589 at Cohen Station setdown


and 928 resting in the depot around the corner


Both taken Friday 18th May

Note to admin: as usual, photos taken of within the depot were taken from outside the fence with the lense through the wire
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Fleet / Re: All over advertising
« Last post by Barry Drive on May 18, 2018, 09:58:42 AM »
More AOA removals, notably 378 582 & 390.

Next removals might be 547, 403, 491 (coming up to 1 year), 554 & 566 (coming up to 2 years), 422 & 561 (coming up to 3 months).
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Canberra Metro / Re: Tram Deliveries (CAF Urbos 3)
« Last post by Barry Drive on May 17, 2018, 10:55:10 AM »
#3 4 & 5 have been delivered - all assumed to have been on the same ship.

Trams 6 & 7 are en route, but no details known about which ship they are aboard. 8 & 9 are still being built in Spain.

Source: http://www.afr.com/business/we-all-knew-the-biggest-risk-was-the-utilities-caf-looks-beyond-sydney-20180511-h0zxxy?btis
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The Playground / Re: AOA Sightings
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on May 16, 2018, 01:58:45 PM »
Of those red above, I had seen 306 and 710 still with the wraps.
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The Playground / Re: AOA Sightings
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on May 16, 2018, 09:18:54 AM »

   Irisbus Agora Line -
12/04/18   * BUS 306 - Callida Consulting
11/05/18   * BUS 315 - Catholic Care
3/05/18   * BUS 319 - Cartier: The Exhibition (National Gallery of Australia)


   Scania L94UB -
16/05/18   * BUS 355 - Alliance Leasing / Effective People / Just Pays


   MAN A69 -
12/04/18   * BUS 378 - Solatube
6/04/18   * BUS 379 - "We Are CBR" (ACT Government)
14/03/18   * BUS 390 - All Homes
3/05/18   * BUS 394 - Cusack's
15/05/18   * BUS 400 - "We Are CBR" (ACT Government)
14/05/18   * BUS 403 - Bike & Ride / Park & Ride / Park & Pedal (Transport Canberra)
14/05/18   * BUS 406 - Baptist Care
20/02/18   * BUS 413 - Hyper Real Exhibition (NGA)
15/05/18   * BUS 419 - Solace Creations
10/05/18   * BUS 422 - All Homes
23/03/18   * BUS 436 - Paintback
12/02/18   * BUS 440 - Monaro Windows
15/05/18   * BUS 441 - CIT
23/03/18   * BUS 448 - ActewAGL Energy Shop (out by 15/5/18)
8/05/18   * BUS 491 - Park & Ride / Bike & Ride (Transport Canberra)


   Scania K360UA -
4/05/18   * BUS 508 - Healthier Work (ACT Government)
15/05/18   * BUS 511 - Nine / Southern Cross Broadcasting
8/05/18   * BUS 516 - Healthier Work (ACT Government)
11/05/18   * BUS 521 - Healthier Work (ACT Government)


   Scania K320UB -
7/05/18   * BUS 547 - Aboriginal Reconciliation (Transport Canberra)
9/05/18   * BUS 554 - Jamala Wildlife Lodge / National Zoo & Aquarium
30/04/18   * BUS 561 - All Homes
10/05/18   * BUS 566 - Jamala Wildlife Lodge / National Zoo & Aquarium
23/03/18   * BUS 581 - King O'Malleys (out by 15/5/18)
11/05/18   * BUS 582 - Canberra Decks
12/04/18   * BUS 586 - Pushy's Fyshwick


   BYD Toro ebus -
9/03/18   * BUS 710 - "I'm Electric" (Carbridge/Transport Canberra)
   Volvo B5RLEH -
11/05/18   * BUS 712 - "I'm Hybrid Electric" (Volvo/Transport Canberra)
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Interstate & International / Re: International fleet lists
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on May 15, 2018, 08:51:56 AM »
Thanks. Nothing in particular yet, but I may have specifics soon. I'll investigate further when I get back. I have found an active Flickr group for Japanese Buses which could be a good resource.
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Interstate & International / Victoria Trams Giveaway
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on May 15, 2018, 07:25:59 AM »
Just in case anyone is keen on and has the resources to preserve an old tram...
https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/vic-government-tram-giveaway/
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