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Mark Walton

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  1. TTC stopped publishing its own Transit in Toronto in 1995. I have several editions of that.
  2. One of the 18 "Baby Fishbowls", but I can't make out the number. There were 5 TDH3301, 303-307, built September 1970; and 9 TDH3302N, 328-336, built September 1973. They lasted until the original South LRT line opened May 25, 1981. More in "Calgary Transit Then and Now" by Don Bain, page 39.
  3. From Rob Chew of the Transit Museum Society, on its Facebook page: "It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill MacDonald. Bill passed away in Victoria on Thursday, October 14th. He was a dedicated transit enthusiast and will always be remembered for his videos, postcards, and slides." I met Bill on several trips to Vancouver and once to Victoria. He was a real world-class traveler and chronicler of transit systems, especially electric ones. He leaves huge shoes that will never be filled.
  4. I got mine last week. Lots of good photos but the text is basically a précis of each decade.
  5. A Century of Moving Toronto: TTC 1921-2021 - Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation
  6. Montreal's Métro system, when it first opened in 1966, had platform gates, dubbed portillons automatiques, but they didn't last long because of people charging them.
  7. Nova is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prévost, which in turn is wholly-owned subsidiary of Volvo Buses.
  8. I was on a one-man train St. George (though I started from Union) to Vaughan the morning of September 5; no issues. The train pulled out of Vaughan SB in about a minute; the outbound operator was waiting at the other end of the platform.
  9. CTHF sent out an e-mail to its members inviting them to pre-order their copy of the book; I've pre-ordered mine.
  10. TTC has this display of curated photos: The TTC – 100 Years of Moving Toronto – City of Toronto
  11. The older Flyers are generally unlamented among veteran drivers.
  12. I was there for the opening. See The OVAR Interchange October 2009, pages 4-5. Sorry for the indirect link; the site and/or my browser won't let me post a direct one.
  13. The Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation sent out this e-blast to members yesterday, though nothing is on their site yet: TTC Centenary Book In other news, we’ve been involved in an exciting project, working with the Toronto Transit Commission on their 100th Anniversary book due to released in September, which coincides with TTC’s start date. The CTHF will be offering this book for sale. We believe it will be of significant interest to our members - watch for forthcoming announcements! The Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation is the only national organization supporting and celebrating Canada’s transit heritage and is a registered non-profit charitable corporation. News from the CTHF and our Heritage Partners as well as CTHF Membership information may be found at transitheritage.ca
  14. Something that's always struck me as odd: the transfer cutters on TTC buses (and older streetcars) are angled toward the passenger instead of the operator. That's all but an open invitation for non-paying passengers to grab a transfer.
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