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davidbromage



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 2:53 am    Post subject: How tight are your clearances? Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wXwIYVwtgU

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ruedetropal



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very interesting, but then anything with rails in the street(not necessarily trams) is of interest. Might make an interesting model, as track seems to be connected to non street sections at both ends, and it is a suburban/industrial mixed area. There is even one of those raised signal control towers at one end.
Type of line that might inspire me to do something USA themed. It would have to be shortened though, as street section is pretty long. Worth checking out on Google map for the street in Utica.
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Andy in Germany



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very impressive. I especially like the solution for the point lever in the middle of the street.

The noise and smell in the loading area must be overpowering though.

That reminded me of the way the tram in Freiburg squeezes through the older buildings in the city. Being Metre gauge it can blend nicely into the city as well:

https://youtu.be/1XXoVwCnhnY

The bit where the tram goes through the archway is aboit 4 mins in.

This would make a nice tram based model, with the building making a scenic break and a compact station at the end of the line.

You wouldn't even need bufer stops...
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davidbromage



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is something similar in Christchurch, New Zealand where the heritage tram runs through a shopping arcade, although not quite as tight. You can see it here at about 5:40 in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6unTle5bRwU

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ruedetropal



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clearances for buses and lorries are a lot lighter. Just look at the bus going through arch just after the tram. As a result damage to buildings is more likely to happen with road vehicles.
Some of the large HGV s in towns these days are too big for the space, but when there is a problem no-one seems to want to tackle it.
Trams and street based rails are making a comeback, but the road lobby is very powerful. One reason I want to build mini layouts featuring tracks in streets.
I had a quick look for potential models for a USA model, but think I might use the theme for a French layout as I have the stock for that. The Glasgow street railways might also be an option, but in HO, as the steam locos had tram type sides on them. Also seen small electric locos, so makes a change from passenger trams, and brings street railway modelling closer to railway modelling.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the way the tram in NZ seems to go through a shopping centre.
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CRACKED



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Regarding the Freiburg trams The McDonalds on Kaiser-Joseph-Straße is also quite unique.

You can see it in this video clip, which has been posted on UTUBE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuG0TPwEWeg
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