Future Depot Storage Melbourne

 
  loopy Locomotive Driver

Making a new thread due to this old one highly recommending me not post on it:

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11376167.htm

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  loopy Locomotive Driver

I haven't thought of all routes, but a majority of them I've figured out how they'd store them in extra and expanded depots:

Route 11 with 100℅ E Class could be in New Preston Depot, as well as 86 [could be shared with East Preston Depot if space does not permit for 100% Route 86 E Class in New Preston]

Route 96 could be put into an expanded multimodal depot in North Fitzroy [buses could be put on a newly built second storey, whereas Route 96 E Class trams fill up former ground level bus depot]

Route 35 and Restaurant trams remain at Southbank, no point moving them due to new Port Junction tram stop being built specifically for them

Route 109 with 100% E Class moved to Southbank so they can be a real "Low Floor Tram Priority Route" like 96, the only real one now

Route 48 with 100% C1 Class at Kew Depot. I know this might be a bit much, but Route 78 there as well with 100% C2 Class cuz it's a short route which would be sufficiently filled up with 1 tram type

When they build the Monash Uni/Rowville tram extension, number that Route 63 keeping with the Glen Huntly numbering scheme, build a brand new depot somewhere for that [and potentially 3/3a there]

Route 64 and 67 keep at Glen Huntly

New Maribyrnong depot for Route 57 and 82, on the site of former Explosives Factory, north of Rosamond Rd

Essendon Depot for 58 and 59

Malvern keeps Routes 5, 6, 16, 72

Brunswick 100% D2 Route 19 and keep 1 there

Camberwell keep 70 and 75
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

The 11 and 86 are close to 100% E class now. I doubt there will be a need for East Preston. New Preston is huge. From memory there is enough storage space for 160 E class trams  which is more than the planned order.

I think the 109 would be the next logical route to get the E class as the C1s are quite packed in the mornings. There would be the possibility of sharing the route between Kew and Southbank if they there are space issues or possibly with New Preston.

I vaguely remember talk on this forum of moving the 96 to New Preston. I doubt the C2s will be moved from the 96.

It will be interesting to see what they do, it cant be long now before the E class make it onto other routes.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
C2s on the 78 when a W used to run it not so long ago? You've got rocks in your head if you think they would waste them there. Move the C2s to Kew or Camberwell if they have to move off the 96. Kew would be more logical given their experience with Citadis trams but the 75 is dying for low floors.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

C2s on the 78 when a W used to run it not so long ago? You've got rocks in your head if you think they would waste them there. Move the C2s to Kew or Camberwell if they have to move off the 96. Kew would be more logical given their experience with Citadis trams but the 75 is dying for low floors.
Heihachi_73
I reckon the 75 would be a logical candidate after the 109 to convert to the E. If there are any left over in the order of 150, I would send them to bolster the D2s at Brunswick.
  mike49 Station Master

When the current orders for 90 E class trams are completed there will be more than enough for routes 11, 86 & 96 so it will be interesting to see which other route might receive a part allocation.

One possibility could be to move the 5 C2 class trams elsewhere so that route 96 becomes 100% E class operated. Their greater capacity would very welcome on route 109.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I remember reading somewhere that the insurance of C2 class only cover revenue services on route 96.  Even if they get diverted via route 12 they have to run empty.  Has this restriction been lifted?
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
The insurance may have had something to do with them originally being only leased e.g. to be returned to France after the time ended, but since the government now apparently owns the five trams I would guess the restriction has been lifted. I believe the C2s have run along routes 11 and 86 a few times (usually when there is a disruption e.g. it might be an 11a or 86a).

As for a diverted 96, I have actually been on a Bumblebee through the back streets of St Kilda, I never knew they were supposedly banned from taking passengers when not physically on the 96 light rail (several photos exist of C2s running route 96 via the 12 or former 112). Such a restriction might have been lifted long ago, just like when a Z has to run on the 96 light rail due to St Kilda Rd being blocked or whatever.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

If that's the case I would say it's a good idea cascading them to route 109 even if it means they still run out of Southbank.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

Why not keep them doing what they are doing...what's the point of not keeping them on the 96?

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