New trams to be built mostly in Melbourne

 
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
It was permitted to turn from Spencer Street into Flinders Street on a "substandard" radius curve but only under strictly controlled conditions with ground staff observing the compression and extension of components between the modules and at less than walking pace. The only reason it was allowed to make that turn was to get it onto MCG event shuttles using Simpson Street siding as a turnback. It was not permitted to make any other right-angle street-corner turns due to the radius of our older track and its greater width posing a slight risk of striking an adjacent vehicle on the opposite track. As such the exact design could not have been used in Melbourne. Just as with the Citadis trams a special "Melbourne-only" version would have had to be designed and built which I understand was considered too costly despite offers being made to have them built or assembled locally at Dandenong or Ballarat.
Gwiwer
But the Mulhouse Citadis, even though selected from another European city with a second generation tramway, doesn't seem to have the same problem with tight curves, and nor did that CombinoPlus that was demonstrated here. The Eurotram is thus much more strictly adapted to the standard LRT specifications than Citadis, let alone the Combino.

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  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Don't forget that the "Mulhouse Citadis" cars (C2 class) are confined to the 96.  I believe (and one of our active tramway staff might be able to confirm) that there are still restrictions on their operation which means no other tram is permitted to be on a curve at the same time.

The CombinoPlus demonstrator was also confined to specified sections of track and only worked in service on St. Kilda Road Grand Prix shuttles i.e. more or less straight track.
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
No other tram being permitted on a curve at the same time is a pretty minor restriction compared to what applied to the Eurotram. And while both the Porto Eurotram and Mulhouse citadis are fixed bogie trams, the CombinoPlus does have bogies that turn a few degrees, that would mean fewer curve limitations.
  Tribitaka Station Master

Saw the nice new E-Class tram running down a track alongside the South Morang rail line today (in fact a lovely new x-trap as well) just after the preston work shops.
My god it is huge!!
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Well, Yarra Trams appear to have let E.6001 roam a bit around the network this morning according to this articles - and they have got the pictures to prove it! Maybe they might let it do some daylight runs as well.

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2013/tram-6001-begins-testing/
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Looks like E.6001 is now running from Southbank Depot, at least evidenced by this photo on VicSig: http://www.vicsig.net/photo/16813.  And, during my travels on the Cranbourne line this afternoon, I spotted what I believe to be E.6002 on the Bombadier tramway test track! It was around 3.40pm when I passed the factory, and the tram was halfway out of the shed at the end of the test track with lights lit. It's good to see! Maybe another E class will be heading to Preston soon.
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
I went down to Southbank depot toady but didn't see it.
  Revenue Chief Commissioner

I got to see the new tram at Southbank on Tuesday. It