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According to Nottingham City Transport’s own website, in 1936 “the trams finally gave way to progression with the last tram running on 6th September”

So have we progressed backwards by bringing them back? Personally, I could never see the rationale in bringing them back. Fixed routes, serving a few, no flexibility, one breaks down and brings the whole line to a halt, fantastically expensive to build and maintain etc., etc ....

Was it just an ego trip for a few councillors wishing to leave their mark on history?

HS2 seems a similar project to me. A lot of expense to arrive in London a few minutes earlier. Mind you you’ll lose those few minutes by having to travel to the HS2 terminal!

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I think the original trams had points on the rails making them as flexible as trolleybuses, as I'm overseas and haven't seen the modern tram set up, I'd hazard a guess the new ones don't have points in the rails. Sacramento in Cal had a modern tram set up, called the light train, it runs on a modern rail set up so steers clear of roads, bit bigger than tram cars but smaller than a rail road cars.

 

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I have it on good authority that the tram driver on Nottm trams does change the points  from the cab as he or she approaches them, so even a tram driver can go the wrong way if he forgets to change em !

In the old days NCT employed "Points Lads" to change the points for approaching trams. I once worked with a bloke who in his younger days was a points lad who changed the points at Canning Circus.

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I thought they did as photos show the destination board was similar to the buses destination board, changeable.

 

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Having points to change direction does not make it flexible by any stretch of the imagination. If the daft thing breaks down, fall's off the rail's or gets stuck for whatever reason, the next tram can't get past. Trolley buses can pass with a simple depole, drive, repole. No problem!!

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I read this morning since the tram made another record breaking loss £50m again last year Nottm City Council are doubling on street car parking charges in the city. The city centre will soon be a ghost town.

 

 

 

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It seems like the council have now decided that getting into the Guinness book of records might be some kind of achievement. That way they won't lose face, ie, look how good we were!!

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