Moving the tram
Moving the tram
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Reproduced courtesy Museum Victoria
Cinematographer: Jenni Meaney
Editor: Cameron Crowley
Producer: Kathy Fox
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Lisa Webb describes the process of moving the Flying Tram out of the MCG. Filmed on the night of the first dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony, 8 March 2006.
-We just got the tram off, which is fantastic. And it takes us about three and a half minutes, or that's about the amount of time that we've got to do it. That time around, we did it with about 10 seconds to spare. And as you can see behind me, the way that the actual tram has been built on its dolly, we've got about that much clearance.
If you can see on the top, there's actually the pentograph, which is in the upright position for the show. And there's a mechanism inside which a crew member jumps in, pulls the pin and it drops down. There's also the wings. They have to be taken off as well on the field of play.
It takes between 10 and 15 people to take the wings off the tram. They have to actually jump up on top of a platform and a couple of crew members pull the pins out. The rest of the crew actually man handle it and slot them out. This all has to happen in three and a half minutes, land on its dolly safely, get hooked up to the electric vehicle, which can tow up to six tons. And then we have to cut it out quite wide to bring it out to load it up on the trucks to go to the museum.