The good news, which the newspapers seem to be taking glee in reporting as bad news, is that the service seems to be popular. My trip was between 10.30am and Noon on Thursday a time when you might expect patronage to be light yet in both directions the seats were fully occupied and many passengers had to stand for most of the distance.
Unfortunately I failed to get much in the way of interesting photos. On the way to Dulwich Hill I was seated on the sunny side of the carriage and glare restricted photo opportunities. On the return trip I grabbed the last of the few seats the Spanish origin vehicle provides and was pinned in an awkward position facing the rear.
|Waiting for the tram to arrive at the Central Railway terminus|
|Hawthorne, one of the new tram stops|
|Dulwich Hill tram stop and terminus|
Passing alongside Darling Harbour passengers can see the remains of the Exhibition and Conference Centres both under demolition in preparation for the construction of newer and bigger replacements.
|Demolition of the Exhibition Centre|
|Inside the 'Spanish' tram nearing Central Railway|
|On the Up ramp over Eddy Avenue|
|The driver's cabin on the 'Spanish' tram|
|The 'Spanish' tram on the Central Railway Colonnade terminus|
There is no doubt that some passengers, like me, were senior citizens on a sightseeing trip but there were also many obvious commuter passengers travelling various sectors of the line. The tram ran at good speed at some points but there were also some slow portions. There are still many workers at points along the line. Obviously the extended service has been opened even though work on completing the extension is ongoing.