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EDI Rail built the Millennium Train for use in the Sydney rail network. Sydney was promised something special and special it was.

If the people of Sydney in 1988 thought the Tangara was the ultimate in train technology they were in for a pleasant surprise when the Millennium Train arrived. It had all the bells and whistles.

Unfortunately the people running the show, and directly one MP Michael Costa who was the transport minister of the day, they all got cold feet after a few major delays. Like the Tangara in 1988, in 2003 and beyond this was a very complex train that required expert gentle hands.

With thousands of staff to be trained it was a tall order to expect every member of staff would have it down perfect from day one. Yet at the time the minister was told. We will make it work.

With no improvements the minister said, dumb this train down.

A question that demands an honest answer is.
Why did EDI not painted Mr Costas picture on the front of the train?

Back to the serious business. EDI must have made it clear that dummying down is stepping backwards. Not to be seen as getting it wrong MP Costa showed them about stepping backwards. He cancelled the contract.

MP Costa had all Millennium trains moved to a less critical south lines where delays dont make the daily news papers.

If the Millennium Train was a bit of an embarrassment, more is just around the corner.

In a few years, coming to a station near you, a new project called the PPP train.
Public, Private Partnership. Dont wait up as like the previous trains, the people in power refuse to acknowledge they could have it wrong.

Sounds like a familiar tune that they are playing.
(Q)
How can you turn a modern train, such as the Millennium Train into a joke.

(A)
Ask the NSW transport minister.
by Railways January 11, 2008
Tangara is an aboriginal word meaning to go.

Tangara in NSW is also the name of a suburban electric train used on the Sydney rail network. Made by United Goninan near Newcastle NSW. Introduced in 1988.

Train travel is the safe, fast way to get around Sydney.

Initially the train experienced a few hiccups. Often these were passenger or staff caused incidents, not understanding the new technology.

This was at a time when people were also having problems understanding how to program their VCR. Today the Tangara train is fully understood and it gives very little trouble. At home people also today understand how to record TV but no longer do they use a VCR. Its now done using a digital set top box with HD. Now they get to see lots of TV shows that were recorded while they were away.

About 450 Tangara carriages were made. A few were lost due to accidents. If ever there was a train that did not like a derailment this was the one. These trains are not happy when not on two rails. They roll over in a derailment other than very slow speed incidents.

Maybe modern man could therefor be credited with giving the word Tangara a new meaning. To fall over.

Each Tangara train is 4 cars. They seat 420 people.

RailCorp claim they can hold 1000 people in total with 580 people standing. That number of people in such a restricted space would be an extremely uncomfortable trip. A more realistic number would be about 400 standing.

The Sydney railway system use 1500DC which is supplied by over head wiring. Dont touch as a change of skin colour is guaranteed.

Two 4 car train can be coupled to form an 8 car train.

RailCorp like to claim, that is 2,000 less cars on the road. Yea right. Who said they have taken the drugs out of the railway?

Since introductions a few small modifications have taken place.

The passenger door release handle to open the side passenger doors was removed. It was original provided so that only doors where people wanted to enter or exit the train would be opened by the passenger. This was intended to reduce loss of cool air. Sydney people found the need to pull this handle was excessive in demand. It was easer to complain than use the brain. Strange but true. The very same design handle and operation is used to open interconnection (end) doors to allow people to move into adjoining carriages. For reasons only God can explain. The side doors were a problem yet the inside doors were not as equally mentally demanding.

The internal emergence passenger side door release was also removed as it was abused by vandals.

The original passenger seats covering was replaced with vinyl.

A digital voice announcement was introduced to warn people that the side passenger doors are closing. Very necessary as Sydney people are not able to see the pair of 2 meter high by 1 meter wide painted bright yellow doors as they slide close.

Yellow front panels were introduced to end cars for safety. Making the train easy to see when it is approaching or when waiting.

Tangara trains in Sydney are safe, clean & fast, I know because they told me.
by Railways January 11, 2008
Your Rights At Work, YRAW was a community / union fighting group made up of people, including the general public. It was grass roots. For people who did not like the new industrial laws introduced by Prime Minister John Howard.

Not only did Mr Howard want to destroy the current industrial system and send workers back to the 18th and 19th century. Mr Howard also wanted to rid Australia of unions by the decline in membership numbers as workers discovered that unions under the new industrial laws could offer very little protection. Unions would soon go broke.

A gamble that backfired and may in fact one day see Mr Howard labelled as the leader who tried to destroy unions yet instead he caused the rebirth of unions.

The YRAW campaign took off.
During the campaign there were incredible achievements made by individual, such as Bernie Banton who showed people they can make a difference. The people formed local groups. Of all the things done, the thing one that has to go to the top of the list is the way all YRAW members and supports were non violence.

With the ACTU guiding them people from all walks of life refused to engage in any form of anti social behaviour towards the Howard government or it commercial minded supporters. The same can not be said for the government or its supports.

Yet this non aggressive behaviour was even more amazing when we realise that no orders were even passed down the line saying behave in a set way.

Instead of a big stick to hit people on the head and the stamping of its feet, the ACTU and the unions used a better tool. They used: Leading by example.

In all events, only peaceful civil behaviour was displayed the ACTU and the many unions leaders. This good behaviour had the effect of filtering down throughout the various groups onto the front line workers and people.

The end result of years of work for the many YRAW groups yet not a single aggressive disturbances.

Rather then fighting and general strikes the ACTU organised the biggest rejection of any Australian Government from power. An ousting that was sweetened by the prime minister Mr J Howard also loosing his own seat.

Not as visually entertaining for the masses as was a public hanging say in the early 18th century, yet it was acceptable as it is in line with the non violent approach to the campaign.
Your Rights At Work say thank you the Howard Government.
You forced unions to have a long hard look at them self and at what they were doing.

Mr Howard had his strategy in place. He was ready to combat unions in the expected style of protest such as the use of a general strike. Unfortunately for the government, a general strike was a strategy that the ACTU knew would not work. The union way of thinking has evolved.

They looked beyond today and instead made plans for the long term goal. Used the most powerful tool available to people living in a democracy. The 2007 Federal election.
by Railways January 11, 2008

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