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  1. TransitFan88

    TTC NovaBus LFS Movement List

    This could be the reason why: according to PocketTrack, 9000, 9008, 9009, 9010, 9011, 9013, 9014, 9019, 9020, and 9022 are currently at Malvern, 9012, 9016, 9018, and 9021 are at Wilson, and the rest of Wilson’s artics are at Hillcrest. I just stumbled upon this a few minutes ago and am just as puzzled as everyone else.
  2. Last I saw 4041 it was in one of the deadline tracks (track 22 I think). I too hope it’s there only temporarily.
  3. 4207 has returned to service and is the only active ALRV (apart from 4249) with a rollsign that isn’t tilted towards the sky (the glass in front of the rollsign is also fairly clean). Last I saw it it was at the front of one of the deadline tracks (track 22 I believe) in front of 4041 a few days ago, but it wasn’t there earlier in the day meaning that it had only been moved there temporarily.
  4. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    There were a total of 7 artics on the 131/E this morning which made up for more than half of the runs on the route. It’s actually a regular occurrence during inclement weather (and they’ve been doing it for years) - Malvern takes the artics off Steeles East and deploys them elsewhere, mostly on Nugget and McCowan North (speaking of which there were a few on there as well this morning). I’m not too sure why they do this but it could be that Malvern is cautious about running the artics up and down long “steep” hills in the event of a snowstorm. Wilson and (now) Mount Dennis on the other hand don’t seem to be phased by the snow and ice along Bathurst and Dufferin as they put their artics out there regardless.
  5. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    I thought they were barred from going up that hill on Bathurst?
  6. TransitFan88

    TTC Orion VII Movement List

    His answer is contradictory - it's not like diesels are being exchanged for hybrids. Is there a real reason behind the movement or does the TTC have nothing better to do?
  7. TransitFan88

    TTC Orion VII Movement List

    Is this the purpose of the movement or is it something else?
  8. TransitFan88

    TTC Nova LFS orders

    Are there any stations that the artics are "banned" from operating out of due to space constraints? I'm referring to the stations that the artics could potentially operate out of based on their current allocations (Malvern, Wilson, Arrow, Mt. Dennis). I'm curious about York Mills Station in particular, although there have been a few rare instances of artics serving routes out of that station. Lawrence Station is another curiosity.
  9. TransitFan88

    TTC Orion VII Movement List

    It must've felt out of place at Wilson with its Pandora wrap advertising Scarborough Town Centre and Pickering Town Centre.
  10. TransitFan88

    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I'm glad the TTC finally smartened up a bit and brought back the idea of selling transit memorabilia to the public, and this time thru an online store rather than a physical store to trim costs such as staffing and retail floor space. They could take this one step further and start selling collectibles taken off of retired transit vehicles such as plaques, builder plates, headlights/taillights, bells, mirrors, rollsigns, electronic destination signs and much more. Heck they can even sell old signage that has been taken down or replaced at subway stations (a single porcelain sign can easily sell for hundreds!!). Demand for this kind of stuff is huge, and so far the only real way of obtaining any of it is thru connections - people who know people working for the TTC. They can make a killing off of all of this, selling everything separately (rather than in bulk like they would if everything were going to scrap) to those who'd be more interested in it and as a result would be willing to pay more for it, rather than having it all go to the scrapper or even the landfill. They can offer these items thru the website they have set up already and charge a fixed price per item, or do what Platinum Liquidators is doing for the City of Toronto with old street signs - set up a bidding system similar to eBay. A "Downtown Yonge" street sign auctioned off on their website fetched around $3,000 (admittingly it was signed by then Mayor Rob Ford, which added at least a few hundred bucks to the cost); this is not chump change!! In some places you can buy a retired bus for that kind of money. Of course all of this stuff would have to be in reasonably good shape to sell well, but you never know, I've even seen items in relatively poor shape still sell for quite a bit.
  11. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    Only because they're different to what they've been used to for the past 7+ years!
  12. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    It was also on the 5 as the two routes interline in the early evening on weekdays.
  13. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    I heard something about drivers getting in trouble if caught using highways for deadheading, what could be the reason for this? I can understand the hybrids, but the diesels?...
  14. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    They've all been there for at least 2 months now.
  15. TransitFan88

    Today's Special Sightings

    There is always a safety factor, but more than 3 times the stated limit?
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