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Tampere LRT construction
I was visiting Tampere, Finland and as they are in the midst of LRT construction, I had a chance to observe how theirs was being built -- and, yes, it's quite different.

Here is their overall plan, with phase 1 (EUR 239M) in red and phase 2 (EUR 44M) in blue.

[Image: tampere-ratikka-raitiovaunu-kartta-1-data.jpg]

And some photos of the construction. The techniques look quite different, not only in the use of setts between the rails (which I do like!) but also the base below the rails. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can comment on the differences and the advantages/disadvantages …





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Cool photos!

That does differ substantially from ours. I don't suppose you saw any of the cat pole system?
Their rails are not as heavy as ours. I think that they are streetcar rails.
(08-06-2018, 08:46 AM)danbrotherston Wrote: Cool photos!

That does differ substantially from ours.  I don't suppose you saw any of the cat pole system?

Not cat poles yet. They are not starting operations until 2021 so they are a fair bit behind us.
(08-06-2018, 11:04 AM)BrianT Wrote: Their rails are not as heavy as ours. I think that they are streetcar rails.

Does that mean the rolling stock is lighter?

The contract was granted to Transtech, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation. The design is apparently based on the Artic, as used in the Helsinki streetcar system, but 37m long and 2.65m wide (given the 1.435m gauge).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Škoda_ForCity (the brand outside Finland)
My understanding is that it’s easier for North American LRT construction companies to just use existing normal “heavy” rail here, because it’s available and the equipment is already existing instead of specialized.
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