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The Playground / Re: Which Terminus is it #26
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on Today at 10:28:58 AM »
Damnit I did it again

imgur link
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News / Re: Farewell RATEC
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on Today at 04:30:26 AM »
I'll ask the rest of the committee.
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News / Re: Farewell RATEC
« Last post by Buzz Killington on Yesterday at 11:09:33 PM »
Have you checked with the ACT Heritage Library in Woden?
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Routes and Timetables / Re: Christmas Day services 2017
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on Yesterday at 05:13:44 PM »

The following is the revised service running schedule media release from TC.


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Holiday Services 2017

Transport Canberra will run a revised bus timetable over the Christmas and New Year period from Monday 25 December 2017 to Friday 5 January 2017 (inclusive).

Special services will run on Christmas Day and all travel will be FREE. Public holiday services will run to a Sunday timetable.

Please check NXTBUS for real time information over the festive season and plan your journey with the Transport Canberra Trip Planner.

The following schedule applies from Saturday 16 December 2017 to Monday 8 January 2018.

Date Timetable
Monday 25 December 2017 (Christmas Day)   Christmas Day timetable – Free Travel
Tuesday 26 December 2017 (Boxing Day Public Holiday)   Sunday timetable
Wednesday 27 December 2017   Holiday timetable
Thursday 28 December 2017   Holiday timetable
Friday 29 December 2017            Holiday timetable
Saturday 30 December 2017    Sunday timetable
Sunday 31 December 2017 (New Year’s Eve)   Sunday timetable
Monday 1 December 2017 (New Year’s Day)           Sunday timetable
Tuesday 2 January 2018           Holiday timetable
Wednesday 3 January 2018   Holiday timetable
Thursday 4 January 2018           Holiday timetable
Friday 5 January 2018           Holiday timetable
Saturday 6 January 2018           Saturday timetable
Sunday 7 January 2018           Sunday timetable
Monday 8 January 2018           Holiday timetable

http://www.transport.act.gov.au/routes-and-timetables/holiday-services-2017


I think Monday 8 January is supposed to read 'regular timetable' as elsewhere in this article and the website it says the revised timetable runs until 5 January.

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News / Re: Farewell RATEC
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on Yesterday at 01:14:35 AM »
That's because unfortunately the National Library don't want any of it.
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News / Re: Farewell RATEC
« Last post by triumph on December 09, 2017, 10:30:53 PM »
Written material eg timetables, news letters, and similar by law should have a copy deposited with the National Library. However it seems that this law is often honoured in breach. Material that the Library should have is often not there. Pictures and other ephemera are also collected by the Library.

It is suggested that this is another disposal resource and one that is relatively future proof.
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Canberra Metro / Re: Light Rail Stage 1 Construction
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on December 09, 2017, 01:26:16 PM »
Had a look at a video, I understand now, there's a lane switch just after each starting point.
All cleared up now, thank you.
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Canberra Metro / Re: Light Rail Stage 1 Construction
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on December 09, 2017, 07:53:44 AM »
I have a basic understanding of how trams work and know that the turning radius is rather limited due to the concertina and carriages length compared to articulated buses.
There's that, but from what all the signs say I've worked out at the busiest time there's going to be at least 4-6 active lightrail services running at the same time up and down Northbourne/Flemington, but from what I've seen, it looks as though there are two tracks (excluding whatever is being used to with the depot) and only the signs of the trams using the two tracks meaning they use the same track but in the opposite direction after each terminus like where it use to at Lilyfield in Sydney. ([EDIT] although that's apparently changed to Dulwich Hill since I was last there). So unless there's a loop like at Central Station or something plus the use of Vernon Circle, I don't quite get how this could work.

Can someone please explain this for me. Possibly with pictures and photos even
The LRVs should be bidirectional, with a driver's cab at each end. This eliminates the need for them to turn at each end - all they have to do is switch tracks. Take a look at the Gold Coast G:link for an idea of how this might look.
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News / Farewell RATEC
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on December 09, 2017, 06:17:04 AM »
As I'm sure some of you know by now, RATEC hasn't had as much support recently as many of us would've liked. People not showing up for the meetings, roles of duty not being attended to, etc.
A couple of years ago they changed the membership restrictions to allow anyone in and not just retired transport employees, which was a great addition for their club, but over this past year or so, the older members who wanted to spend the rest of their lives doing what they liked wanted the new comers to help takeover somewhat. The AGM that took place earlier this year pretty much sorter that, but unfortunately not everyone who put their hands up has been helping and the past few committee meetings have brought about the decision of folding it all up. I was at the last BBQ fundraiser really hoping to do another, but no one else wanted to help and the older members have spent the last 4 or so years doing the same things over and over.

There is enough money left from all the fundraising RATEC has done over the years and would've kept it gong had the BBQ's not stopped, but as it is, there will only be enough for one last year of the clubhouse's rent.
But more to the point...

As the months have past we have been sorting through all the memorabilia, photos and collections, going through everything progressively to catalogue it all and keep one of everything to donate back to ACTION and another source I don't remember (will update when I get the information) for safekeeping. The bulky stuff such as timetables, pamphlets and paperwork that will been catalogued and have 1 taken from each that isn't considered worth keeping (esp cause there's so many duplicates of just 'stuff') will be recycled, but older items and other treasures that collectors might be interested in may be getting sold off at an auction some time in the near future.


If you have donated anything to RATEC such as photos or other memorabilia that you would like back, now is your chance.
However I do know that some of you have been or still are members of other transport forums around Australia. Pat Baker asked me to ask if any of you or any other collectors around Australia or elsewhere that you know who would be interested in buying the memorabilia collections, please let me know.
There is no rush for that just yet however as there is no confirmed date for that yet and is still to be fully discussed, and there is still so very much to go through to catalogue.

I will update this post again when I have more information.
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Canberra Metro / Re: Light Rail Stage 1 Construction
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on December 09, 2017, 05:39:25 AM »
I haven't payed too much attention to this whole lightrail thing, mostly cause I feel it's a waste of time, resources and money, and those poor tree :'(, but aside that and among the discussions about it that I have been reading of it over these past few months, there's still something that doesn't seem quite right to me.

I have a basic understanding of how trams work and know that the turning radius is rather limited due to the concertina and carriages length compared to articulated buses.
There's that, but from what all the signs say I've worked out at the busiest time there's going to be at least 4-6 active lightrail services running at the same time up and down Northbourne/Flemington, but from what I've seen, it looks as though there are two tracks (excluding whatever is being used to with the depot) and only the signs of the trams using the two tracks meaning they use the same track but in the opposite direction after each terminus like where it use to at Lilyfield in Sydney. ([EDIT] although that's apparently changed to Dulwich Hill since I was last there). So unless there's a loop like at Central Station or something plus the use of Vernon Circle, I don't quite get how this could work.

Can someone please explain this for me. Possibly with pictures and photos even


Also while I think of it, shouldn't the 'Canberra Metro' topic be under the 'Other Transport' subheading cause it kinda fits there better than under 'Discussion'? just a thought.
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