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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

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In a strange quirk of fate I was prevented this morning from waking the whole carriage from their commuting torpor because a lady was standing there already... with a double bass!
Yes apologies - guess EF was not the right forum after-all to find potential flirts . I thought that you liked stepping on the Ding and bass guitar, but was obviously sorely mistaken. No worries, will just lurk in future...
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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

If you're blind I can't see how much use an arrow would be. Unless it's a small dart fired into the bum to get them moving.

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The thing covers three aspects actually:
- the buzzer lets them know where the box is
- the vibration tells them when it's safe to cross
- the arrow tells them which direction the vibration is for
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Old 19.09.2015, 23:27
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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

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If you're blind I can't see how much use an arrow would be. Unless it's a small dart fired into the bum to get them moving.
I like your wording

Models vary of course (this one is probably german), but I guess you see the picture now

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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

Managed to travel on the number 7 today (twice) without dingin the thing.

Someone else did, though. We all stared.

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Ps. Much as the diversion about buttonless crossing button boxes has been interesting, no one has yet come up with a real answer as to what the ding thing is for (or even what it's really known as). Anyone?
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Old 22.09.2015, 02:15
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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

Oh dear. The fellow has been on EF such a short time and yet has already acquired typical EFer bad habits. It looks as if he, too, didn't read every word of one of the earlier posts.
When, dear sir, people put links in their answer, (Mica post number 3), in theory one is supposed to open them and read the text. If they are in German, as in this case, one runs the text through Google translate. One then stares in wonder at an oft incomprehensible list of words.

Thus the answer, given in the link is this:
Wozu dient die Fussglocke hinten im Tram?

Ein Tram hat keinen Rückwärtsgang. Deshalb befindet sich im Heck eines jeden Trams ein Hilfsführerstand. Diesen benützt die Fahrerin oder der Fahrer, wenn rückwärts gefahren werden muss. Und um FussgängerInnen, RadfahrerInnen und AutomobilistInnen zu warnen, wird, bevor das Tram in die ungewohnte Gegenrichtung fährt, die Glocke betätigt. Auch im vorderen Führerstand gibt es eine Glocke. Eine elektrische allerdings, die zum Beispiel dann klingelt, wenn FussgängerInnen noch vor dem abfahrenden Tram über die Strasse rennen wollen, oder wenn ein Auto im Weg steht.


and thanks to the miracle of Google translate:
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Why the foot bell is back on the tram?
A tram has no reverse gear. Therefore, located in the rear of each trams an auxiliary cab. This makes use of the driver or the driver if need be driven backwards. And to warn pedestrians, cyclists and motorist inside, is before the tram runs in the unusual opposite direction, pressed the bell. Also in the front cab there is a bell. An electric However, for example, will ring when pedestrians want to race before the departing tram across the street, or when a car is in the way.
You now know the answer to your question. And I flatly refuse to spend time at 1.30 in the morning to 'tidying it up'. My brain is in 'slow motion'. Anyway, It's much funnier like that.

Actually the translation is quite interesting because it demonstrates how the (for the most part) lack of the nominative and accusative case in English confuses the issue. We require the correct word order. Hence here, 'Diesen benützt die Fahrerin oder der Fahrer' , is translated 'this makes use of the driver' instead of 'the driver makes use of this' or the passive 'this is used by the driver', Google translated the words in the order in which they appear in the text. Another odd bit is:'wenn FussgängerInnen noch vor dem abfahrenden Tram über die Strasse rennen wollen' which has become 'when pedestrians want to race before the departing tram across the street' should have been something along the lines of 'when pedestrians rush across the road in front of the tram as it starts to move...'

No guarantee on any of this. I'm not a qualified translater and it is really rather early.
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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

Yes, I did actually read that link before...

That's read as in "looked blankly at all the German words trying to guess the meaning of the few I do recognise."

I then flicked the site into English and it gave me some guff not about the ding thing.

And I was using my iPad and it doesn't like google translate so I didn't do that. And then time passed and beer was drunk.

Please sleep well Mr (Mrs? Miss?) Longbyt, no need to tidy.

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Old 23.09.2015, 12:17
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Re: That Zurich Tram Floor Ding Thing Which Goes Ping

I should be thoroughly ashamed of myself. To think I was moaning when someone else did a very similar thing a couple of days ago.
I forgot that we recognise something only when we know what it looks like.
When I opened the link, with my superior knowledge of German and many years of experience at looking for information on Swiss Internet sites (British understatement of course) the relevant question and the answer below it caught my eye immediately. The rest of the junk lying around on the page I didn't even notice.
Sorry once again. I should know better.
When I first went shopping to Switzerland I couldn't find sugar anywhere. (just ordinary granulated white sugar). It was quite some time before I realised that I wasn't looking for sugar as much as searching for a pound size BLUE Tate and Lyle bag of sugar. And the bags of sugar here are white.
Or looking for a letter-box in Germany. Nowhere to be found. Until we discovered we were looking for a red pillar box and not a yellow oblong shape set in a wall.

Ah well. I'll try to mend my ways.
By the way I am female and 'paper-Swiss'. LONG B-efore Y-our T-ime (hence Longbyt my user name on here) a woman automatically became Swiss on marrying a Swiss guy. Most convenient. Mind you, women couldn't vote then and on the whole it was 'Kinder, Kirche, Küche'. The woman looked after the children, was responsible for helpful deeds and social engagement (unpaid of course) and did all the cooking (and the washing up).
Back to the kitchen, wench!
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