[LINK] Vic transport smartcard to cost $1bn

Chris Maltby chris at sw.oz.au
Wed Feb 6 20:07:49 EST 2008


On Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 04:58:11PM +1100, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> We once had trams in Sydney...
>> The demise of the trams occurred rapidly between 1949 and 1961, to be 
>> largely replaced by government operated diesel motor buses.
> <http://www.railpage.org.au/tram/goddmack.html>

And for those who need reminding that government infrastructure planning
has always been a hit-and-miss affair at best, the trams were removed at
the end of a major investment programme to replace the crumbling wooden
sleepers with concrete. They just poured asphalt over the tracks in many
places. The tram trip to The Gap and Watsons Bay was my favourite outing
as a 5 year old - especially the patch of remnant forest the tram route
went through just before the terminus.


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