This lightweight tram is the brainchild of Prof. Lewis Lesley. I think he has formed his own company to try and sell these cars to existing tramways. Being lighter and using state of the art electronic control, they use much less current than the traditional cars. Need lighter weight rail and track foundation as well.
Was at Blackpool for a while, but sadly went on fire. Been repaired now and the last I heard, it was moving up here to go to my old workplace, the tramway at Summerlee Heritage Park, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
It's the electronics (thyristor control ??) that makes that hideous whine. Conventional cars are pleasing to the ears - I think so anyway !!
Edited by Pinzgauer (25th Jan 2009 8:54pm)