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Mark Walton

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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Maybe 1156, which did the honors for the New Look Farewell tour September 14, 2013. Is that one still around?
  4. 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.
  5. And the north end of CN MacMillan Yard, including the diesel shop.
  6. The flooding was actually at 32 Avenue and 52 Streets NE:
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. All dispatching is handled from the Poste centralisé de commande et contrôle, whose location is kept secret for security reasons.
  10. Probably too short to be worthwhile - Montreal's Stubway if you want to call it that - so the yellow line still runs in conduite manuelle with 2-member crews. ATO, in Métro-speak, is pilotage automatique.
  11. One of the 15 Flxettes built for DART in 1973-74. They lasted until the original South LRT line opened May 25, 1981. More in "Calgary Transit Then and Now" by Don Bain, page 41.
  12. Both of my sisters live near 52 Street, one near Memorial (affected), the other near 30th Avenue SE (not affected). When I'm in Calgary, usually I stay with one or the other of them.
  13. The original Montreal signal system, in use in 1971, was probably not too far out of line with its TTC counterpart, though with only red and green signals at first. Yellow was added later. Automatic train control came in the later 1970s; the yellow line, being the shortest, was the test bed, as it often was for pilot projects like that.
  14. STM has started the retirement of 63 of its 423 MR-73 Metro cars - including the first one, 79-501, which was recently returned to its birthplace, the Alstom (formerly Bombardier) plant at La Pocatière. From STM's FB page. In reply to questions about Exporail getting one of those cars, I suggested the last one, 79-782, when the time comes.
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    STM has started the retirement of 63 of its 423 MR-73 Metro cars - including the first one, 79-501, which was recently returned to its birthplace, the Alstom (formerly Bombardier) plant at La Pocatière. From STM's FB page. In reply to questions about Exporail getting one of those cars, I suggested the last one, 79-782, when the time comes.
  16. To me it suggests Montreal, Henri-Bourassa station, December 9, 1971. One train starting the reversing maneuver collided with another on the back-station track, setting off a fire with thick toxic smoke that burned for 24 hours. The operator, trapped in his seat, suffocated to death, and 36 cars were destroyed, though 12 were later rebuilt. Among the changes: no more reversing moves in the back-station if a train is parked on the incoming track there; reduction of speed from 25 to 15 km/h for reversing moves, in manual mode; both operators must stand for the duration of the move; and installation of fire-fighting equipment.
  17. I think I've heard some of those weather updates.
  18. Métropolitain Sud garage was also on Marie Victorin, as is GALO.
  19. How old is GASH? Does it date back to RTL's founding, as CTRSM, in 1974? Also, is GALO the former Métropolitain Sud garage?
  20. I do, the high school version was called "Junior Zipcard". The ticket strips were typical of those that most Canadian transit systems sold; some may have sold sheets of several strips. I didn't know they ever had tokens. When did they drop the Zipcard name?
  21. Or what happened in Ottawa starting almost 50 years ago. The service within the old smaller city was expanded region-wide, then the City and suburbs merged.
  22. Are people putting their feet on facing seats?
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