Parramatta, considered to be Sydney’s second CBD, will have a 12-kilometre light rail line built within the next few years.
It could grow to be possibly almost double that length if stage two of the project to Olympic Park is ever built.
Contracts to build stage one of the project were signed shortly before Christmas.
While that news is unlikely to enthuse too many Novocastrians, it was interesting to note the state government will make four kilometres of stage one wire-free like the Newcastle light rail line.
Essentially, the trams will be able to travel with their pantograph up drawing power when they are on the overhead-wire section of track, and with it down whilst in between stops on the wire-free sections.
Newcastle’s 2.7km line has no overhead wires, but any decent extension of the line in the future could involve stops being further apart than the current six in the city.
Further distance between stops would obviously mean the trams would require more power, perhaps more than can possibly be stored in the current on-board storage systems that are powered up at each stop.
Overhead wires, which were derived when light rail was being discussed for Hunter Street, could solve that problem.
But is the city’s system capable of being part wire-free and part overhead-wire?
The city’s six trams, produced by CAF in Spain, have on-board energy storage systems using super capacitors.
A Revitalsing Newcastle spokesperson confirmed the Newcastle light rail vehicles could, in fact, run with overhead wires.
Newcastle’s light rail vehicles could run with pantographs up, drawing energy from overhead wires, as they are.Revitalsing Newcastle
What have you done with your container earn?
Before the NSW government started the state’s container deposit scheme - Return and Earn - in December, 2017, it suggested many community groups would begin in-house collections to fund their activities.
It would be an ideal way for charities, sporting clubs and other organisations to boost their limited coffers, all while helping to reduce the state’s litter problem, the government suggested.
But after a year of putting empty bottles and cans aside, Topics began to wonder how many of these groups latched on to the state’s new revenue source.
Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club hosted a Return and Earn mobile collection on Saturday morning.
The club uses funds raised for the ongoing operations and life-saving equipment.
South Australia’s container deposit scheme, which has been operating since the late 1970s, is widely used by scout groups and schools for fundraising.
How much has your community group raised and what has it used the funds for?
Let us know.