Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Streetcar Named Josiah

Passengers Have To Coin A Phase

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Melbourne is famous for its trams and it's been quite a few years since coin machines appeared on the city's fleet. Years ago, when I first came to live in Melbourne, the trams had conductors as well and in true Australian style - abbreviated words are very popular here - they were called ``connies''. This photograph was taken at a traffic intersection. Cars follow regulation traffic lights, but trams follow white traffic lights. Since we were both waiting for the lights to change, I reached for the camera, wound down my car window and hit the shutter.

15 comments:

MyUtopia said...

David, thanks for stopping by! Come by and visit any time.

TLP said...

Mmmmmm....I'm lost. So you have to have a coin to ride? Or do you need a ticket?

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hi, David! Glad to see you stop by West of Mars. Be sure you let me know when Book #2 comes out and I'll see how much interest I can create for you.

Merisi said...

What you write about Australian trams,works also for the Viennese ones.

You use the coins (regular change) to buy the ticket, don't you? For the New York subway, you need to purchase special coins which you throw into a slot, which opens the turnstyle and lets you access the subway system. Since 9/11, I find those man-high turnstyles quite frightening, because you cannot flee in case of emergency. In Washington, DC you can at least jump over the four foot high turnstyle (well, having lived through that horrible day in DC, I am a bit paranoid probably, I always look for emergency exits since then). ;-)

The Diva's Thoughts said...

Wow! That's kinda interesting. Thanks for stopping by. Come by and visit anytime and I'll be sure to visit your place. *smile*

Hammer said...

Coins seem to be getting phased out here. Either the machines only take bills or the coin slots are taped over.

Les Becker said...

There now! I have to add Melbourne to my "places to see" list - just to ride a tram. Not to mention see "white" traffic lights.

david mcmahon said...

G'day myutopia,

Thank you for returning the visit. Do keep in touch.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi TLP,

Had to find out the answer, as I don;t use the trams, so I'd be lost like you!

Tickets can only (I'm told) be bought by coins in the slot machine inside the tram.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Susan,

And thank you for returning the visit. Will let you know when I;ve completed the novel, for sure.

Thank you for the kind offer.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Merisi,

Yes, we use regular coins - I didn;t know that about special coins on the subway.

Nor did I know about the turnstiles. Thanks for the info.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Diva,

Thank you for dropping in. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Do keep in touch.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Hammer,

Hope you enjoyed your week off. Thank you for that update on the US tramcars.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Les,

You just let me know when you're coming and I'll have the red carpet and 100-gun salute ready for you!

Keep smiling

David

Helena said...

Our buses used to have conductors, and they were called "clippies".