D1 class Melbourne tram

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The D class, or Combino is a type of electric tram operating in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was built by Siemens in Düsseldorf, Germany, and the first unit was delivered to the city in 2002. The trams were initially operated by M>Tram, but are now operated by Yarra Trams. The class come in two variants: the D1 class which is a three-section tram, and the larger D2 class five-section tram. The trams feature plug-type doors, next-stop display, and several other features. The trams are built '100% low-floor.' The D1-class cars can be found on Melbourne's southeastern and inner tram routes and are based at Malvern, Victoria tram depot. The first D2-class cars were delivered to the city in 2004, with the last cars entering service in November 2004. All D-class trams have a traction braking controller with an integral deadman's trigger that the driver must release and reapply every minute. If this is not done, an alarm sounds. If the alarm sounds for more than a few seconds then the disc brakes are applied firmly, stopping the tram. Originally the driver could hold it down continuously while the tram was moving, if the driver took their hand off, an alarm would sound, followed

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