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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:27:50 AM on 11 August 2017.
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This exhibition is on currently at The National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre.

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/brave-new-world/
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/melbourne-arts/brave-new-world-20170718-gxdcjj.html

There is evidently also a full collection of AWA Empire States which I am promised photos of and will submit for posting when I get them.

Worth a look if you live down that way.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:55:51 AM on 11 August 2017.
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They also have the 40s 50s exhibition on in Melbourne at Myers.
Drives me NUTS, all the good stuff and events are in Victoria. Sydney has become dead. The Art world has moved to other areas way out of town now.
I really feel Sydney has lost its characters and charm these days, take a drive around Surry Hills or Newtown and you can really see how its all changed.
Well I would like to go to some of those places in Melbourne.

Pete
All the old furniture and collectables I restore and sell, always go to Victoria, because the old worldly movement is thriving in Victoria, much more than Sydney.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:43:49 AM on 11 August 2017.
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The Museum of Sydney (corner of Philip and Bridge Sts) has hosted at least one Art Deco exhibition on a similar theme.

What I do note about VIC is that the majority of old radios (and other old stuff that interests me) on eBay seems to be located there. Fortunately, they seem to have more of a hoarding culture than elsewhere in Oz. Maybe not so many council cleanups?

As for those inner city suburbs, now with many abandoned or bland old shops, it was only a matter of time before developers moved in en masse once the DA process was skewed in favour of them, with certain 'colourful' State politicians behind that push. It's today's version of the Gold Rush.


 
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" It's today's version of the Gold Rush."

And the Power House Museum", presently sited in what was Ultimo Power Station, near the city of Sydney, is off to Parramatta, a suburb. The fate of the building itself I haven't heard.

Ultimo was one of the city stations where power plant operators were trained when the Electricity Commission started up after WWII to grow generating capacity which private concerns couldn't or wouldn't do. Ultimo was the station built to power the trams, which went in the '60s. Trams are on the way back in Sydney; I wonder if a new version of the Electricity Commission is in the offing.

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 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:34:55 AM on 12 August 2017.
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Trams first went back on the rails in Sydney in 1997 though the original line only went from Central to the fish markets I think. This later got extended to Lilyfield and then again a few years ago to Dulwich Hill. This line crosses George Street at Haymarket and the new line being built now intersects this and will have a set of points to allow trams to move from one line to the other, probably so the new trams can use existing depots. I just hope they have the room for them. The existing line has 25 trams which are roughly 30 metres long. The new line will have 65 trams that are 68 metres long.

The only thing I am not a fan of with all this is the synthetic bells. The trams purchased back in 1997 had real bells. The ones on current models just don't sound authentic and trams in Melbourne and Adelaide sound much the same.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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Don't you just love progress, we need to stop this lust for the future and clear up the mess we have made..........................


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Clive

 
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I agree. If trams are to have fake bells, at least run them on valves! Smile


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 7:37:33 PM on 12 August 2017.
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Talking of progress, the wanker classes are talking of solar-powered trams (serious), so please enjoy our trams while we still have them.

(Oh, and not much hope for valve operated bells once that happens---unfortunately)


 
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What we need is more people like Malcolm in the world !

https://youtu.be/zH1EROqSx9s

Pete


 
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Solar power moving a conveyance that weighs about 11 tonnes - I'd like to see that.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 12:22:48 PM on 13 August 2017.
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Photos uploaded to Post 4.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 2:59:21 PM on 13 August 2017.
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A Melbourne "W" class & Sydney "R" class tram both weigh about 18 tonnes. Your Urbos 3's that run to Dulwich Hill weigh about twice that.

Brad, I think you mentioned once that Bradfield was a visionary & Cahill was nothing but a vandal.

The Cahill Expressway has always been controversial & considered by some a blight on the city. Though its removal has been mentioned from time to time, it is generally considered that the cost to do so would be prohibitive.

If San Francisco can do it, why can't Sydney do so as well?

So if the idea of demolishing the Cahill Expressway is revisited again and it actually happens here is what can be done:

A rebuilt tramway between platforms 1 & 2 at Wynyard to Nth Sydney. This would involve reinstating the road approach to the Cahill Expressway on the eastern side of the bridge back to a tramway.

They could run Sydney heritage trams along the route & it would make a great tourist attraction - especially as it would run across an iconic bridge! It could complement the George St tram where you have a choice to go to Circular Quay for a ferry, or get off at Wynyard for a tram ride across the bridge.

I am not sure what infrastructure still remains of the original tramway on either side of the bridge. I'll have to check next time I'm in town.

A much better idea than a thankfully long gone monorail!!


 
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This link explains much about the former tramline and what became of it.

http://democracyforaustralia.org/2014/04/16/second-sydney-harbour-rail-crossing/

I had often wondered where the tramline went on the north side. This link has photos of the bridge I had only imaged had once been there.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 8:03:59 PM on 13 August 2017.
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The tram tunnels to Wynyard remain intact but they are now used as part of an underground car park. Part of one tunnel is the exit from the carpark and the other tunnel is a ventilation duct.

These tunnels run under a false road built to connect to the eastbound Cahill Expressway from lanes 7 and 8 on the Bridge. There was a bridge near Milsons Point station which allowed the trams to cross the Pacific Highway and run up Blue Street before heading for Victoria Cross, where that line split into the Lane Cove and Chatswood via Northbridge lines. The bridge over the highway was demolished in the early 1970s though the approaches remain, along with the area where the Milsons Point tram platforms were - which is where the old disused toll plazas are still located. It could be reverse-engineered for trams again but it probably won't happen. If it were to happen it'll be on the backburner until the second harbour tunnel and Spit Bridge deviation is built.

The R Class trams were a classic, no doubt about that. More than 600 were built.

One thing that tells me that Wynyard won't host trams again is that during recent renovations, the stairs leading to where the platforms once were have been removed.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 8:26:03 AM on 14 August 2017.
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Brad has posted the radio photos. In order to make these searchable have been considering captioning the photos with brand names and model numbers, and common names such as Empire State where applicable. Would this be worthwhile?


 
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