Sydney Light Rail
by Tom Worthington
Few realize that Sydney, like Melbourne and Adelaide, is an Australian city with trams (Light Rail) for transport. Unlike Melbourne and Adelaide the Sydney service is only a few years old, opening in 1997 with modern European trams. The trams run from Lilyfield, in Sydeny's west, past the Sydney Fish Markets, Darling Harobour and the Convention Centre, to Sydney Central Station, with plans to extend the tram through the street of the Sydney CBD to Circular Quay.
Most of the existing route is on an old goods line, with one long tunnel and several viaducts. A short part is though city streets and up a ramp to outside the interstate terminal of the station. The driver clangs the bell to scatter pederestrians in the street outside Paddy's Market and China Town. The tram goes up a ramp and under the arches of the old Central Station. You can get off the tram and on a train to Perth, Canberra, and Brisbane.
The maintenance depot for the light rail is collocated with that for the Sydney Monorail, which must be unique in the world.