6 more posts in this thread. [Missing image file: ]
Who will mourn the Z-Class, Melbourne's first "modern" trams, when they are gone?
Small and boxy, with steep steps and no air-con (except in the driver's cabin), they lack the old-world charm of the W-Class or the mod-cons of the newer trams.
But the Zeds have been the humble workhorse of Melbourne's tram fleet for 40 years, and by month's end the first generation of them will be gone, mostly retired to workshops to be pulled apart for scrap.
Fewer than 10 of the original Z-Class - the Z1 and Z2 models - remain in service today, operating on three routes between Melbourne University and East Malvern, East Brighton and Carnegie.
By the end of April that number will be zero, and with no heritage listing proposed for these 1970s trundlers, volunteer-run tram museums may soon be the only place to find one.
Adam Chandler, communications manager for the Melbourne Tram Museum, said the Zeds are relatively unloved today, except among a handful of enthusiasts, but were "a marvel for their time".
"They brought an antiquated street car system into something more modern," Mr Chandler said.
The Z-Class tram fleet was built in two batches of 115 cars, between 1975 and 1984, after a 20-year gap in tram production, during which time calls grew for Melbourne to rid its streets of old-fashioned trams for good.
Their reliability saw them become the template for Melbourne tram design for 25 years, until the eventual arrival of low-floor trams.
"They ran on [route] 96 for a long time because it's where the best trams would go, because they ran past the front of Parliament, so they [politicians] could see the value of their investment every day," Mr Chandler said.
But their old parts and obsolete electronics are becoming increasingly difficult to source and maintain.
13 more posts in this thread. [Missing image file: ]
I will be coming across a large sum of money (around $1000) in the coming week. My last bike got stolen last year (a shitty 7200 Trek hybrid) and it is now time to get a new bicycle.
I would like a bike that I can use on trails, gravel, and roads. Thus, I will probably end up getting a cyclocross bike.
Here's the main features I'm looking for:
Here is what I'm looking for:
Wide clearance for bigger tires
Able to change gears on the left handlebar easy
Don't really care for disc brakes or not
So essentially, what do you believe will be the best cyclocross bike I can get for under $1k? Thanks for taking the time to read my post.