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  1. It still happens, but it's when leaving Lougheed Side (towards VCC-Clark). I think I mentioned this once before and it may have been back when the trains were going towards Coquitlam from that platform, but I don't remember. Anyway, during the snow this year I was listening to their radio and they were having loads of fun (sarcasm) with it. If I recall correctly, there was only one MK 1 train out on the M Line one of the days (not sure why they had to use it) and they would just go slow and the attendant would be ready to quickly re-enter. It was more interesting after the trains were no longer being attended. But later on, they had some sort of issue with the Edmonds yard and sent a bunch of MK 1s up to the Coquitlam yard and had to re-enter all but one of them when passing through Lougheed side to get back onto the Expo Line. Resulted in a system service hold. Someone I know who works for Translink HQ said he was of the understanding that the issue could not be easily fixed and that when the time comes to run 4-car trains on the M Line they would be solely MK 2+. He thought it had something to do with the new guideway sensors and the fact that the trains move laterally as they pass over them. MK 2+ trains don't do that because they are shorter. But he wasn't 100% sure. What he said kinda makes sense (??).
  2. I saw it today with the tow hooked up and it looked like there was substantial damage to the joint. Bus was at almost a 120 degree angle... Not sure if that is too much, but definitely more than I've seen in normal operation.
  3. Yup, I remember when the 410 switched over to Hamilton and had Novas the same thing was happening. And you don't have to touch anything, lol! Just wave at it :).
  4. Confirmed - I rode on it last night EB from Commercial-Broadway around 9:30 PM.
  5. I mentioned this in the transfer thread because in my mind it's related to that as well, but what's the point of the transfer then if they couldn't use them for a time when they need non-trolleys? Seems counter-intuitive. Although they didn't do this when they had the 12000s either, so I guess VTC just doesn't know how to do that. Example, although many of the 12000s were used on the 49, there were 28 buses there - only 12 or so were used on weekends, so instead of deploying them on the 3, 8, 10, or 20 when they needed non-trolleys, they'd leave the extras sitting in the yard while they stuck 40-footers on the other artic routes. Doubt they'd do that with the 49... I know there aren't "enough" of them, but if it's just one route (like it was yesterday and again today), just deploy as many as possible and then fill in with 40-footers. They would have known about these detours enough in advance to assign a track for them the night before... I agree with the 44 and 480 comments - never understood why either of these routes were NOT at VTC, since VTC can handle artics.
  6. Well better to put as many as they can on it than none at all. Put all they have out on the one route, then fill in the rest with 40-footers. Same again today with the 8 - NOT ONE of the hybrid artics is on the 8, and a few are out on the other three artic routes. Defeats the purpose of the transfer, in my mind. Besides, they won't have fewer artics on the 20, so it being busier is a moot point since there would be more artic trolleys available if they are not on one of the other routes...
  7. Yet not one of these is on the 3 today when all of VTC's could be. But no, they had to use 40 foot buses on there and put the artics on the other routes that don't "need" the diesel/hybrid vehicles.
  8. I don't remember which direction they were going, but during the snow issues where all trains had drivers, there was another delay due to a screwed switch near Lougheed and they were trying to move a train through the problem switch area and sent it over to the side track to pass it through Lougheed. The guy they had driving it was a mechanic or something and he said "it's gonna time out" and it did. Control did remember that it would but because they had a driver on it they didn't care. I don't know if it can be fixed, obviously, but I'm assuming it can.
  9. FYI, Mark I trains cannot run through Lougheed side at this time - they all time out (they commented this on the radio during the snow issues this year when they sent a Mark I train up there only because it had a driver). So I somehow doubt they will use Mark I trains.
  10. 9581 now at RTC. On it on a 405 while writing this. As has 9578 - it passed going the other way. And 9580 is there as well but didn't see it physically. So there are just 3 left - 9572, 9577, and 9590 it looks like. And I suspect 9577 is already there but can't tell for sure.
  11. Saw two double-deckers on a flat-bed truck today in Surrey, BC - one had it's lights on. They looked new, but I was on the train and couldn't tell for sure. It was just south of the Fraser River. Had to look twice that they were GO vehicles, but they definitely were. Any idea what they'd be here for?
  12. I have to find it but I do have a screenshot of NextBus showing a 120xx on the C92. I am 100% certain this has happened at least once, but if I recall correctly, it was actually several days in a row.
  13. Fyi just saw B9798 at 29th Avenue Station on a 26 and it is showing on Tcomm and NextBus as 9670. It was still dark blue, as expected. Where are the real buses that these are reporting as, i.e. 9765 and 9670?
  14. I saw a 4-car Mark I set this morning at Gateway Station heading westbound just before 8:30 AM. I was on the eastbound train and thought the train on the other side had emergency-braked into the station because it was so far back but the doors were open. Then I noticed as it was leaving that it was a 4-car set. I know for sure that the rear-most car was 102, but I have no clue what the others were.
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