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Hi,
my name is Phuong Nguyen, and I am a student at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA. Our civil engineering design class is doing a presentation on the feasibility of having a tram system in downtown San Diego. Do you happen to have any information on the initial cost and estimate operating cost for such a system? i.e. cost of a tram, cost per mile of rail and cable line etc.
thanks
Phuong

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I am studying mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University and as part of a transport project I am researching the efficiency of urban vehicles such as trams from an aerodynamic design point of view. I can't find any information on your website relating to this issue, e.g. drag coefficients or more general information in this area. Can you help?
Regards
Sean

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I am currently in my fourth year at Southampton University, studying Civil Engineering, and we have recently been giving our Group Design Project. This project consists of writing a feasibility report on introducing trams back into the Southampton area.
An area which I have been assigned with gathering information with, is with regards to the power the trams require, and the overhead line system used.
I was wondering if you could shed any light on the issue of how much power the heritage tram is likely to require, and the best method of acquiring this power.
Oliver

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I am currently studying for a BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction Engineering at Napier University. My honours project is to design a prestressed bridge suitable for a tram network. As part of this, I am currently investigating the proposed tram system to be installed in Edinburgh. I would there for be extremely grateful if you could forward to me some technical details of the tram systems that you supply, in particular I am interested in the city class tram and its axial loads. If you need to clarify anything please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards,
Paul Sharpe

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Do you happen to know how long a stretch of track you would need to drive a tram up to 30mph and then bring it to a complete stop?
Thanks again.
Steve.

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I have a general enquiry relating to trams and light rail and was hoping you may be able to help. When setting up a tram network in a city is it necessary to provide a dedicated test track to train drivers and/or test vehicles, or are these needs generally met by the actual network. Thank you very much in advance for your help on this matter.
Best regards,
Steve.

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