Posted by North49 on February 11, 2010 
Isn't that going to wreck the traction motors?
Posted by Bob Pickering (BP) on February 11, 2010 
I am surprised that operated through that.
Posted by Ky.CatFan on February 11, 2010 
Where I come from water and electricity do not mix without dire results. The people in the left side of the photo are standing in the water, and that lady taking her photos is being exposed to very dangerous conditions that just might result in a hair raising experience !
Posted by Dennis A. Livesey on February 11, 2010 
Whoa, that crazy. Were you in the water too? Nice catch, I think...
Posted by Erick Anderson on February 12, 2010 
From looking at other photos of this line when the street was dry, it doesn't look like the water is very deep, so it's possible that only the wheels are getting wet, not the motors.
Posted by Ian Green on February 12, 2010 
I was perched on a small raised traffic island so was able to stay relatively dry, most modern trams have very good traction equipment protection covers, hence their ability to operate through minor floodwaters at low speed. Some of the older vehicles that Yarra Trams operate were not permitted through the water on this occasion.
Posted by Doug Wolfe on February 12, 2010 
Great photo, Ian. Like the others, I wonder how much damage this tram suffered?
Posted by Jim Thias on February 12, 2010 
I've seen amphibious vehicles that went from roadway to waterway, but never railway to waterway. Brilliant! ;-)
Posted by Chris Nuthall on February 17, 2010 
The Citadis uses 3-phase AC induction motors and doesn't have the traditional brushes etc found on DC motors. As long as the connections are well insulated, they can pretty well run under water for short periods, I believe. Great photo Ian.
Posted by on February 18, 2010 
What? No ground fault?
Posted by on February 18, 2010 
Something doesn't add up here. Why were several Eurostars disabled, trapping thousands of people, due to "condensation from recent snows" in January?
Posted by WarthogCC on January 14, 2017 
Thankfully this train uses a pantograph and the electricity is not at ground level.
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