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 Post subject: The A train. New electric trains for Adelaide.
PostPosted: 15 May 2011, 21:01 
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This is what is being referred to as the A train the new 3 car sets for Adelaide's electric train service.
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Looks somewhat familiar.

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they changed the colour from the standard Tranzradelaide one Rann released at the high of whatever scandal they had last year.

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Help the Bombardier (as Yossarian Yossarian once said)
Was that the rolled up newspaper scandal ?

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Rodo wrote:
Help the Bombardier (as Yossarian Yossarian once said)
Was that the rolled up newspaper scandal ?


dear Yossarian I believe that it was the one where they were holidaying in italy and buying eggs for the air wing at 20 cents and selling them back at 10 cents, that way everyone makes a profit especially Milo's business run to benefit all the men.

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I would have thought though they could have come up with something better than A Train though, if these things are a flop they wont have to change a thing though, just add rse after the A, this would make them them the Arse Train. :D

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It's a handsome train, but FUCK EVERYTHING LOOKING THE SAME THESE DAYS. I want to see unusual shit when I visit an interstate capital. Those days are gone.

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Yeah I'm with the Dawg. I reckon the Tait cars in Melbourne were good looking. After that it has been downhill all the way.

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Yair... Bradfield cars, Taits... both products of the same era, but they still kept their identities.

Strangely, the younger Taits always look terribly old-fashioned to me compared to the older (converted from steam stock) Bradfield cars. Not a criticism, either.

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I mean, yes I know the electric Taits were in service a year or two before the electric Bradfield cars, but the latter were a conversion. Were the Taits? I should know this....

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... Strangely, the younger Taits always look terribly old-fashioned to me ...

That's why I like 'em TLD. :D

Dunno if they were converted. Sort of think not, but let a Mex answer.

Why doesn't anyone build carriages with clerestory roofs these days? 8)

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They are a standard bomadeier set the same as wa and qld, just a different gauge,

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TheLoadedDog wrote:
I mean, yes I know the electric Taits were in service a year or two before the electric Bradfield cars, but the latter were a conversion. Were the Taits? I should know this....

The Taits were originally steam hauled before their conversion in 1919...'notch will have more info about this

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The Taits were built for electrification from the late 1890s. they only needed power bogies and pantographs, an addition rather than conversion.

The real conversion was the earlier swing door carriage sets, these were given new underframes and the old frames new lightweight bodies. The swing door sets were mostly the sole stock on the Hurstbridge line in the 1960s These were popular with the young scrote Rodo and his mates, rattling cruisely through the bushland, climbing along the running boards from carriage to carriage. The separate compartments were handy for all sorts of skulduggery and our empty beer bottles could be aimed at the stanchions as we passed.

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Tait construction started in 1910. They were built with electrification in mind, unlike the swingdoor cars, which were built as steam-hauled stock well before the turn of the century. The Victorian PL cars were built on the frames of the swingdoor cars converted for electric use, as Rodo rightly pointed out. Interestingly enough, for a somewhat earlier design, the swingdoors lasted into the 70s and were only outlasted by the Taits for about twelve years. Mind you, the Harris cars were forty-odd years newer than the Taits and they were all gone within five years of the last of the Taits. Darn pesky asbestos!

As far as 'heavy rail' goes, the Taits are my all-time favourite.

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