I've noticed that of late, with the Variotram destination boxes. For example, on Saturday (5/4) afternoon, I saw 2105 in passenger service at Capitol Square displaying "SPECIAL" at both ends. However, I have noticed that 2107 (in green Paddy's Market AOA) is now trialling an electronic display.
As to utilization of the Vario's, I've been told by a couple of people that Vario 2106 has been out of service for some time now - indeed, it has been alleged that it has been stripped to keep the other cars on the road. Can anyone verify this?
I spent a couple of hours on the line on Sunday.
All the Variotrams had a new, very bright white electronic destination indicator. These showed either "Central" or "Dulwich Hill" in upper case lettering. In one case a car showed "Dulwich Hill" on the rear heading for Central. The Urbos 2 indicators were dull orange LEDs barely visible on an overcast day.
I recall seeing 2106 sitting outside the depot in Darling Harbour last November looking as though it hadn't run in a long time. There were four Urbos 3 cars in there on Sunday. There is a new storage enclosure at Lilyfield.
I rode out to Dulwich Hill on 2109, riding on the transverse seats over the middle truck. The ride seemed harder and there seemed to be more yawing than I recall from Variotrams. I didn't manage to compare both types since my time was limited. The seats themselves are just hard plastic, the blue "cushions" being just coloured plastic.
There seems to be no difference between 2109 from Velez de Malaga and 2111 from Seville. The only thing I could see was that the CAF logo on the glass behind the driver was further left. Does anyone know the renumbering of 2109 and 2110? I believe 2108 is Malaga 002.
Much like a model railway, the trams are running before the scenery is finished. Leichardt West had no exit on the Western side and the exit to the East looked closed to the casual observer.
No Variotrams are yet in the new standard red and white, although one each is in all red and all white with "Hop On" promotional markings showing the route.