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Mark Walton

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  1. Mark Walton

    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    Edmonton's choice of railway rail was dictated by the fact that for the first 5 years, until D.L. Macdonald opened, trains operated from Cromdale, and had to cross the CN mainline to enter and leave the barn. CN may have insisted on that. Once that choice was made, ETS was more or less locked into it. Another significant mod from German standard, possibly carried over to Calgary and San Diego as well: an oversize pantograph, to cope with high trolleybus overhead. That was to meet TB overhead clearance requirements, whether CN or Transport Canada I don't know. The Edmonton system had 2 LRT/TB crossings, at 95th Street just east of the tunnel portal, and 115th Avenue. Both had special work that allowed the LRT pan to cross the TB overhead at about a 45° angle. The height of the TB overhead shows in my picture of BBC 197 at 95th Street in August 1989.
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    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    Different track and wheels - Calgary uses streetcar rail, Edmonton standard railway rail, with wheels profiled accordingly. In the early 1980s when both systems were receiving U2s, Edmonton cars were assembled at Anderson Shops while D.L. MacDonald was being built. While at Anderson, the Edmonton cars were on shop trucks.
  3. 8416-25 had windows with sliding lower sashes, except at the right-rear where it was tip-in upper sash, like 8401-15 and the 8500 and 8700 series GM Classics. An ex-Montreal CD44, I never knew their Montreal numbers. Colin Churcher, a local rail historian and good friend of mine, was among the promoters of that "Beacon Hill Bullet" service. He has an excellent web site on Ottawa Rail history, now hosted by the C. Robert Craig Memorial Library. That includes info on the old OER/OTC streetcars as well as the current and proposed O-Train lines. The Carling leg of the old 61/62 became route 65, then present-day 85. The 23 I remember was Riverside Drive-Walkley Road, which was eventually extended from Cummings Bridge to Bruyère and Sussex. In about 1975 it was folded into route 83 that ran to the airport, then rerouted from what's now North River Road to the Vanier Parkway when that opened.
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    Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    But for the bifold rear door and the lack of Michigan marker lights, this is very close to the original 188. That was one of 3 ex-Transcona Bus Lines TDH5105s built in 1956-59; the then-Metro Transit got them in 1963 with its purchase of TBL. The original 188 had a butterfly exit door without lower windows, and Michigan markers, one of the very few Winnipeg buses of those days that had them. That was because they operated on highways and were required to have those lights. City buses, which didn't operate on highways, were exempt from having those lights, and they were usually an extra-cost option. Starting with GM's 3rd-gen fishbowls in 1968 (T6H5305 et al), Michigan markers became standard equipment.
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    Société de transport de Laval

    STL's first flyer (PTP) with a Winnipeg-built product. For STM, the first since the 10 not-fondly-remembered D700As of 1971 that made Flyer a dirty word there.
  6. Regional polarization may have been a factor: Orion's base was mostly in Ontario, Nova's in Quebec and the Maritimes, and NFI in the West. That's no longer the case; with Orion gone, there are novas in Vancouver and NFIs in Halifax. The link in #2 post redirects only to the General Vehicle Discussion forum, not to any specific post there.
  7. Mark Walton

    Réseau express métropolitain (REM)

    What does the election of the new CAQ government portend for REM?
  8. Mark Walton

    Invero Light Rebuild Project

    I thought the 2 tones was for the wheelchair chime.
  9. Mark Walton

    Adieu MR-63

    And has safely arrived there:
  10. Mark Walton

    Winnipeg Transit 300-369 (2018 XD40)

    The orange was "traction orange" - specifically designed to make interurban cars visible in the countryside. Some cities, Montreal for one, had that as a minority scheme for cars mostly dedicated to interurban-type service. One of the arguments for keeping oragne, according to a WFP letter years ago, was to make buses visible downtown.
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    The last 666 was the Flyer D700 prototype of 1968; it was renumbered from 700 after the delivery of the first production order 601-665 in late 1968-early 1969. EDIT: Found this picture of it. I've never bought into superstitious hooey of any kind, including Satanism. BTW, does Winnipeg also have a 666 telephone exchange? Some cities avoid that. In Edmonton they often drop the prefix 100 from streets and avenues numbered above that. Some businesses take advantage of that for their names; the Matrix Hotel at 100 Avenue and 107 Street was once called the "Inn on 7th".
  12. That's a "section break" in the catenary, separating the system into 2 sections. Trains have to coast through that so as not to bridge it and power a section that's being worked on.
  13. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Canada's only trolleybus system, the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) ran a series of trips with its flagship - CCF-Brill T-48A 2416, with well-seasoned captain Angus McIntyre driving most of them. By public demand, one more trip has been added, for Sunday September 23. I was on the August 11 and 12 trips. On the latter trip, CBC reporter Micky Cowan accompanied us. She did this video report and story, both of which speak for themselves.
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    OC Transpo 2019 40' bus order

    Now it's confirmed: the hybrids and some Inveros will be the first to go. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/oc-transpo-not-pursuing-new-green-bus-technology-as-hybrid-program-runs-out-of-gas
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