Gold Coast update

 
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
The request for federal assistance is yet to be ratified, and the State government is trying to force the funding issue to resolution by calling for tenders.

This may not end well.

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The request for federal assistance is yet to be ratified, and the State government is trying to force the funding issue to resolution by calling for tenders.

This may not end well.
locojoe67
They may be calling In the payday loan sharks ?
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
There's a few options. A special bond listing, with premium interest paid. Depends on how badly the govt want it, especially if federal cash isn't forthcoming.

If the credit markets lock up again (and the signs aren't good), then all projects will go on hold.
  msilsby Deputy Commissioner

Location: Canberra
It is a shame they haven't done something to reduce the visual impact of all that concrete.

Also, bloody long trams!


Hmmmmmmmmm, Melbourne has 250 kilometres of double tram track a large percentage of this is embedded in concrete, whats the problem.

As to the long trams, may be they have seen Melbourne and decided that packing trams like  a sardine tin was not the most comfortable way of running trams so then ordered decent trams from the first blow.
woodford
No problem. Just that you are in a semi tropical climate where a brand new right-of-way network was going in.

How about;



Heck, even fake grass would have been an improvement.
  Dazzagc Station Master

Heard today, Prime Minister Mal Turnbull will visit the Gold Coast light rail on sunday.
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner
  Dazzagc Station Master
  woodford Chief Commissioner

It is a shame they haven't done something to reduce the visual impact of all that concrete.

Also, bloody long trams!


Hmmmmmmmmm, Melbourne has 250 kilometres of double tram track a large percentage of this is embedded in concrete, whats the problem.

As to the long trams, may be they have seen Melbourne and decided that packing trams like  a sardine tin was not the most comfortable way of running trams so then ordered decent trams from the first blow.
No problem. Just that you are in a semi tropical climate where a brand new right-of-way network was going in.

How about;



Heck, even fake grass would have been an improvement.
msilsby
Oops, a seriously late reply, anyway...............

I still do not see the problem, mind you I live in Victoria, trams around Melbourne are a way of life and a real excellent way of getting around, You normally do not need a timetable, the trams usually being frequent enough so that one rarely waits more than 5 or 6 minutes minutes. Also the stops generally being close enough together so one does not have to walk to far.

woodford
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Gold Coast trams expected to resume Monday after been off since early Saturday morning

http://www.mygc.com.au/update-people-built-gold-coast-light-rail-system-asked-fix/

https://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/33482016/gold-coast-trams-suspended-for-second-day/#page1
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
Doing the daily commute along Smith Street, I can see that works are progressing well.  Sorry, no photos, too hard to take whilst driving and no where to stop alongside the road.
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
UPDATE: rails completed besides Smith Street - ballasting being done using ex Freight Australia RTL and 2 wagons as per photo.
(was unable to take my own photo whilst driving, photo from Just Track website) http://www.justtrack.com.au/capable.html
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
UPDATE: rails completed besides Smith Street - ballasting being done using ex Freight Australia RTL and 2 wagons as per photo.
(was unable to take my own photo whilst driving, photo from Just Track website) http://www.justtrack.com.au/capable.html
Gaz170
Coleman Rail?
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
Coleman Rail?
Pressman
Markings on RTL and wagons said Just Track Australia, that's how I found the web site.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Coleman Rail?
Markings on RTL and wagons said Just Track Australia, that's how I found the web site.
Gaz170
Thanks, it has been used for TransAdelaide track work in the past, leased by Coleman Rail
  Jericbro Locomotive Driver

Is there any word when the new trams are due to depart Europe enroute to Brisbane? Or when the ship is due to arrive?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Is there any word when the new trams are due to depart Europe enroute to Brisbane? Or when the ship is due to arrive?
Jericbro
Best I could find was this
“Four new trams will be required to service Stage 2 and they have already been ordered. They will be built in Germany and arrive in Australia by October 2017
http://www.gclrstage2.com/news-and-media/ground-breaking-news-major-works-start-on-gold-coast-light-rail-stage-2
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Is there any word when the new trams are due to depart Europe enroute to Brisbane? Or when the ship is due to arrive?
Best I could find was this
“Four new trams will be required to service Stage 2 and they have already been ordered. They will be built in Germany and arrive in Australia by October 2017
http://www.gclrstage2.com/news-and-media/ground-breaking-news-major-works-start-on-gold-coast-light-rail-stage-2
Pressman
Which means that if they haven't departed already they should be departing within the next couple of months.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
So what's the vibe amongst locals about the tram?

I don't mean amongst academics, politicians, lobbyists, noisy busy-bodies, etc., but how do ordinary local people feel about it? Does it pass "the pub test", or do most people think it's been a waste of time and money?
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
So what's the vibe amongst locals about the tram? I don't mean amongst academics, politicians, lobbyists, noisy busy-bodies, etc., but how do ordinary local people feel about it? Does it pass "the pub test", or do most people think it's been a waste of time and money?
Bogong
Those with a ‘Seniors Card’ who live on the Gold Coast get free ***bus*** travel on weekday off peak times on the Gold Coast courtesy of our local council and note I highlighted the word ‘bus’. That might prompt you to realise a tram is not a bus and so we have to pay money for the tram portion of the trip so it does cost us money. Any new tram routes means trams replace the previous bus so ‘Seniors Card’ people have to pay the fare instead of the previous free travel. Bit weird as it is all part of the same Translink fare card system but that is how it is and more details at http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/free-bus-travel-for-gold-coast-seniors-17698.html




The free bus travel just involves fronting up to a council office with a Seniors Card version of a Translink Go-card and producing local residency proof such as an electricity bill etc. They then put a small sticker on the gocard and you show the sticker equipped gocard to the bus driver as you board the bus and you do not ‘touch on’ the gocard with the bus card reader.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
New trams arriving
http://ridetheg.com.au/glink-greets-newest-vehicles-g/
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
New trams arriving
http://ridetheg.com.au/glink-greets-newest-vehicles-g/
petan
Not sure how they will be unloaded at Southport this time but my images of the unloading ramp they used in 2013 are on my Google Drive. Just flick through my Southport tramway images till you see the various images of the long blue ramp

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByB-ppGeDyvwOGE0TE9PalFoNWc

Cheers
Peter Cokley
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Time to reactive for an update. The extra trams have arrived, the new track to Helensvale is done and regular tram testing on the new track is underway.

From the (Translink) Gold Coast tram website below and note the bit about continuing to Helensvale on non passenger test runs.
Today Thursday 9 November, the Gold Coast tram timetable will change.  This change is being made as part of Stage 2 testing, in preparation for passenger services in early 2018.

What to expect:
Trams will still run at the same frequency however the time of departure may change slightly.
If you catch a connecting bus service, your transfer time may also change.
Passengers travelling northbound will still need to exit the tram at Gold Coast University Hospital, as trams will switch to 'out of service' mode and continue to Helensvale as part of the testing phase.
Southbound services will depart from Gold Coast University Hospital station Platform 2 and will stop all stations to Broadbeach South.

https://translink.com.au/about-translink/projects-and-initiatives/gold-coast-light-rail  

Cheers
Peter Cokley
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
I note that all the trams running northbound display "Helensvale" as their destination, even though they aren't carrying passengers there yet.
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
Just announced, public service to Helensvale begins this Sunday.  All trams free for the day.
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
It was a fairly busy day on the trams today, festivities at Helensvale, plenty of G Link staff about at stations and on trams.  Caught a tram from Helensvale at around 8.30 am, was one third full when we left but standing room only by Southport.

After a few hours at Pacific Fair, return journey to Helensvale was full all the way home, but not the crush of the original opening day.

Photos to be uploaded later.

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