DavidS wrote:I think the loop was a disaster, putting all the lines on 4 tracks and screwing up Flinders St.
No, I still remember the old days - express trains that got to Richmond in double-quick time then sat in the yards at Flinders St waiting........ waiting........
DavidS wrote:I would agree that the W class trams do load and unload much quicker. There are a number of factors: wide doors, only 2 steps, but one of the biggest factors was that we used to not have to wait for the doors to close to get moving. When I drove trams, mainly W class, we would be opening the doors as we got into the stop and closing them while we moved off.
The W class I'm thinking of had no doors at all, just a canvas weather screen on the centre-road side. You could just jump on and off almost at will But I must admit the new low-floor, multi-car tams have some excellent features and probably load almost as quick.