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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.
  15. It could have been taken during the May 2010 BD split operation on the Victoria Day weekend while the crossover at St. George was being rebuilt. Trains to the eastern part of the line started from Museum, passed through Lower Bay without stopping, and rejoined the BD line west of Yonge, whence they resumed normal route making all stops to Kennedy. WB they did the reverse, passing through Lower Bay without stopping if signals permitted. If not, they had to wait with the train entirely within the platform area, with doors closed; crews had to announce that to passengers. That was my only experience with Lower Bay, which I find little different from the upper level, apart from being a little narrower and having the different floor coverings that were tested there. (BTW that same weekend the present bus terminal at Victoria Park opened, replacing the previous abomination).
  16. Maybe 1156, which did the honors for the New Look Farewell tour September 14, 2013. Is that one still around?
  17. Vancouver vlogger Mike Downie has a YouTube channel called "DownieLive". He does one video a week. About a quarter to a third so far touch on aspects of Vancouver's transit system, present or past. He's a young man who's very passionate about everything he does, and he (almost) always signs off with: "I don't know where I'm going next...but I know I want you there with me!" I don't know where he's going next...but I know I'll be there with him.
  18. And the north end of CN MacMillan Yard, including the diesel shop.
  19. The flooding was actually at 32 Avenue and 52 Streets NE:
  20. Under the old manual system (pre-ATO), as I understand it the motorman initiated the door opening, the guard initiated the closing and leaned out the window for a certain distance à la NYC to make sure no one was being dragged. Not sure if that's still the case. The D.L. Gunn Building - the only one named for a TTC personage who's still alive.
  21. With a number like that, it should have been the luckiest; wonder if its TTC counterpart is? A jinxed number would be 6666 or 666. Winnipeg for one uses 666 freely; apparently they don't believe in superstitious nonsense there.
  22. All dispatching is handled from the Poste centralisé de commande et contrôle, whose location is kept secret for security reasons.
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