Sunday, July 3, 2011

An engineering first

There goes the tram, up and over the curved Calatrava Bridge of Strings!

(Finally, a Jerusalem bridge picture for Sunday Bridges meme.)

In a post of mine from three years ago showing the early stages of the bridge construction an engineering maven said, "The Bridge of Strings will be the first train-carrying curved suspension bridge in the world."

You can see the white mast and the cables of the bridge protruding from behind a tall building.
(Lots more pictures of the whole bridge are under my label "Calatrava.")
And look! A brand new bench for future tram passengers.
This tram stop is across the street from the Central Bus Station on Jaffa Street.
We the public were told the light rail would start taking passengers in August, but now that has been delayed again to November.
The reasons, which include a lot of infighting, are explained in the Jerusalem Post.
Well, at least now we have benches to sit on and watch the empty trams glide by as they are being tested.
It's more like our PATIENCE that is being tested.


Trotter said...

Hi Dina! Sorry for the absence; another busy fortnight... No holidays... ;)

It looks great, provided it works... August or November... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is touring Cap Corse... Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!!

Spiderdama said...

Patience is the word here. It is a great train! Happy Sunday:-)

Kay said...

They keep talking about our rail and complaining about the cost. I don't know if they'll ever get ours off the ground.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So close that it's annoying to have to wait another three months, just went back and looked at the 2008 post, it is a pretty amazing looking bridge Dina, it will be very exciting when the trains are really up and running.

VioletSky said...

Yay, an update on my favourite bridge!
Yet, how frustrating having to wait so long. What are the chances of everybody working together on this to get it going earlier? Probably very slim, eh?!

Pam said...

It will be worth the wait in the end. Looks good!

Leif Hagen said...

And we're all still waiting for a photo of DINA inside the tram - riding the tram! I struggle with patience myself!
Happy Sunday, Dina

Hels said...

Now you may not have a service yet, but the trams, seats and Bridge of Strings all look very sleek and aerodynamic.

And I am a person who loves trams, of course :)

Birdman said...

Hang in there. The future is on the way. Patience is a virtue, they say. Come on already!

Arija said...

Quite a feat. I bet it does not sway like mine.

Lesley said...

It all looks so vary futuristic... that is a lot of practice runs between now and Nov!

VP said...

Love the tram, don't like the bridge, will take the lovely bench!

Pietro said...

A modern tram, nice the bench: I hope it will be running soon (before November: maybe?...).

Robin said...

At this rate Tel Aviv's will be up and running first, and they haven't even started procuring that one yet. Sheesh.

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Karl said...

I agree with Birdman, Patience is a virtue! I like the top photo very much.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Ah yes, patience....that of the Jerusalemites is certainly being put to the test, as you say. Hope the politics/infighting is resolved soon...just think of all the revenue they are losing by not taking passengers yet.

zeder said...

Thanks for this interesting impressions about bridge and "Strassenbahn"
Have a nice week,

Petrea Burchard said...

It looks like it's going to be terrific once it finally gets going. Very pretty, futuristic-looking trains.

mirae said...

hi beautiful Dina,

I say the nose is sleek -it is as if they have a sixth sense...well maybe they do...
shalom love and light

Suzanne said...

Can't wait for your future post from inside the tram.