Monday, January 21, 2008
Victoria: Trains, Trams and the Odd Taco! Pt2
Now I feel I must risk causing readers a major foam excreting moment by admitting something very worrisome . While it is not usually publically advertised, the 'Semi-Retired Foamer' does get a throsby over those tram things, not to mention a very slight tingling when it comes to older buses.
I do hope you will tolerate any wanderings in these direction on the odd occasion and I would appreciate no offers of marriage from DFCs of the bus variety.
Trams, or if you must, Light Rail, have long been an icon of Melbourne. They are as much a part of everyday life in that city as the harbour bridge is in Sydney, or railfan fights in Brisbane.
The cities foresight in keeping them, while all other Aussie cities went down the bus path, has proved in more recent times to have been the wiser ones. While Sydney, the Gold Coast and other cities constantly bollock on with light rail ideas that will never actually happen, Melbourne regularly expands its terrific system.
Indeed Melbournites have cracked extreme wobblies at any suggestion that they should be removed and replaced by, eeekkkk, buses.
In our next installment we shall take a look at the choo choos around Melbourne, including some on trackage no longer served by heavy rail.