2006, John Smatlak, principal of Railway
Preservation Resources, Los Angeles CA was retained
by Newstead Tramcars Pty.Ltd. to evaluate its first
rebuilt X-1 car, and to prepare a report detailing the
car and its suitability for U.S. operation.
“We were duly impressed with the professional
rebuilding performed by Bendigo Tramways, and had the
opportunity to operate the car on the heritage system
at Ballarat. Having previously gone through the rigorous
Victorian Government certification process, the car
already meets the majority of the recently established
APTA Vintage Trolley Equipment Criteria. With a total
of three cars of the same type available, it could provide
an excellent start-up fleet for a new operator”.
The full X-1 report can be downloaded via the link above.
Excerpts below are from the RPR Executive Summary:-
“The car is essentially an Australian version
of the standard US single truck “Birney”
type car, the primary difference being a somewhat more
robust steel frame, and doorways at each corner. The
majority of the car’s mechanical components are
refurbished vintage equipment, and all major systems
use service-proven apparatus sourced primarily from
Melbourne W-class trolleys.”
“The car has been professionally restored throughout,
and presents an excellent appearance. The restoration
work was performed under contract by Bendigo Tramways.
Bendigo Tramways is a well-established operation and
offers appropriately skilled staff and facilities for
both restoration and operational testing. This close
association with Bendigo Tramways also facilitates Newstead
Tramcars’ ability to supply any needed spare parts.
The car’s restoration also took advantage of several
modern products to provide flexible door controls and
interlocks, as well as LED flashers, turn signals and
stop lights appropriate for in-street operation.”
“Being a single truck high-floor car, ADA access
is probably best provided using platform-based lifts.
The car’s front doorways open up to just over
33 inches, meeting the minimum requirements for wheelchair
access. Access to the car’s platforms can thus
be achieved with some minor modifications (primarily
the provision of a smooth floor surface). Access could
be further enhanced by modifying the car’s platforms
to eliminate the 4 inch interior step up into the passenger
compartment. This would provide a level floor throughout
the vehicle. Newstead Tramcars advise that they are
willing to quote this work as an option.”
“The report also provides a detailed evaluation
of the car against the recently released APTA “Heritage
Trolley Vehicle Equipment Standard”. Although
local conditions must always be evaluated to determine
the suitability of any piece of rolling stock to a particular
operation, we can note that Car 466 has already been
fitted with the majority of the necessary equipment
required by the new Standard, and in our opinion can
easily be retrofitted to achieve full compliance. The
car had previously been certified by the Victorian Government
Department of Infrastructure standards for operation
in city streets in Australia. Newstead Tramcars advises
that they are “keen to assist purchasers with
any and all equipment needed to make the cars APTA compliant”,
and are able to provide quotes for any equipment needed
to adapt the cars to a particular US operation.”
summary, Car 466 is a professionally restored trolley
that can quickly be ready for operation on a US Heritage
Trolley system. With a total of three cars of the same
type available, it could provide an excellent start-up
fleet for a new operator, or enhance an existing fleet.”
Tramcars Pty. Ltd. are happy to offer these value-adding
OPTIONS for the X-1 streetcars:-
air-conditioning powered from the line voltage –
(600 volts DC).
disabled access platforms, powered from the 12 volt
auxiliary power system. Please note – there
is a physical limit of two lifts per car.
|P.A./TAPE DECK SOUND SYSTEM
||12 volt DC SONY system (MP3 compatible).
Your type and specification, if required.
|PANTOGRAPH POWER COLLECTION.
arm AUSTBRECK pantograph in lieu of fitted single
trolley pole/sprung swiveling base.
|EMERGENCY TRACK BRAKES.
||Operator-applied (button) ASEA electromagnetic
NOTE: Conditions apply to the “change-over
traction motor” and the “purchaser’s
inspection travel cost” offers.
US/Australian Free Trade
Under the US/Australian Free Trade Agreement (that came
in to effect on 1 January 2005), tariff barriers have
been dismantled! Australian companies now have unlimited
access to US Government procurement tenders, and tariffs
on Australian-manufactured rail equipment products have
been eliminated! This is great news for US Heritage Trolley
system operators. No longer is there a bar against US
Government funding of the purchase of these Australian
products. The new Free Trade Agreement provides a waiver
under the Buy American Act.
Now you can access these ready-to-run, high quality
rebuilt X-1 cars, which are to international standards
and which have no protracted lead times.
Please go to http://www.fta.gov.au
for more information.
New SAFETY features:
Four new safety features have recently been fitted to
• Driver vigilance (deadman) equipment;
• Low air pressure warning;
• Emergency exit valve linked to air-operated
• Low voltage emergency ceiling lighting.
great add-ons satisfy several key criteria of
the APTA Vintage Trolley Equipment Criteria, and
provide you with an even better trolley buy!