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  1. I agree that it doesn't matter, as I said in my post. I was responding to @lifty4ever's suggestion of repainting trains on each line to match the line's respective color, and why there's little or no point in doing so.
  2. I know that. I was being sarcastic / reminiscing about a bygone era. The color is best described as yellow-orange / school bus yellow. Coincidentally (or not), it's pretty much exactly the same color as that used to represent line 1. As far as painting trains the same color as the line they run on, specifically with that intent, that would only be practical on a stand-alone line (i.e. the aging line 3, and future 5, 6 & OL) where the trains are physically confined to that line. On a properly integrated subway network (like the existing lines 1, 2 & 4), the possibility of trains from line X running on line Y, however unlikely, should always be taken into account, in which case the color of the train would be irrelevant. If it's such a big deal (it isn't), a more practical option would be to have LED destination signs displaying the current route in its respective color, which can be easily reprogrammed to display a different route/color as needed.
  3. Any update to this? Where did this information come from? I can't find anything, neither through google nor in that twitter thread.
  4. This. (for anyone who's "confused", I'm referring to CNE's ketchup/mustard-flavored ice cream)
  5. I thought I posted this one before, but apparently not, so here it goes. When people complain about you using hand sanitizer, air freshener, or anything like that, because they don't like the chemical smell, or some other silly reason. Seriously, you're gonna complain about those chemicals instead of whatever necessitated the use of said chemicals in the first place??
  6. 2 weeks late to post here (forgot this thread existed, lol), but anyway: NYC Subway: 3 videos added (including 1 video of the subway shuttle & a Metro-North M8 at Grand Central) Long Island Railroad: 2 videos added NJ Transit: 1 video added I am now once again taking a break from railfanning in order to keep this latest batch of NYC videos at the top of the line (and will try to do the same after every international trip). Unless something really special/rare comes up in Ontario, I won't be making new videos at least until I make future travel plans. ...and this post did not age well at all
  7. Same with trams, subways, electrified railways, basically any electric vehicles in general.
  8. I'm with koodo, but my phone's mobile hotspot is password-protected so it's unlikely to be because of people sponging off of it. Moreover it shows the number of devices connected, which is usually up to 3 (mine and my parents'). It's just extremely frustrating how data-inefficient it is, when I got this phone back in 2018 I expected it to be far more efficient than my previous phone (using a lot less data for the same amount of browsing), yet it's the opposite. I've already increased my monthly plan from like 2 GB to 5, and so on, and eventually to 12, which should be plenty enough (at some point there was an option to switch to 16 for a slightly higher price, but at the time I decided it wasn't necessary; boy do I regret making that decision), and it used to be, until the last few months when I'd find myself having to switch it off & carefully monitor how much is used every time I turn it on. The worst part is how imprecise the number is, this time it told me I was at 100% & it was automatically paused even though it only showed I was at 11.96 (last month it paused when it was 12.something).
  9. https://stevemunro.ca/2022/06/22/the-gaping-hole-in-ttc-funding/ This article touches on the issue at hand, they've already contacted suppliers but haven't actually awarded the contract because a large chunk of the required funding is still missing, which poses the threat of jeopardizing the whole project. The T1s are scheduled to remain in service for "a few more years" anyway (until 2030/2031), but if they get a 10-year extension it'll be a LOT more than just "a few more years". Hopefully they'll be able to get the required funding in time (don't know if there's a set deadline) so they can avoid moving forward with the life extension option. This ain't New York, Toronto's subways were never meant to last 40–50 years instead of 30–35, and the T1s & TRs are no exception.
  10. So I was clearly not awake this morning. Was making eggs for breakfast, and instead of cracking one of the eggs onto the frying pan and tossing the shell afterwards, I ended up cracking the whole egg directly into the garbage (and I really hate wasting food). FML!
  11. 81-717

    Amtrak

    I've been browsing tickets for the Maple Leaf out of curiosity (no immediate plans to book right now), and I'm a bit confused by the "multiple trains", "Segment 1 & 2", and the arrival/departure times (departs Canadian border at 10:37, but departs Niagara Falls NY at 12:17, nearly 2 hrs later). Is the 2-hr delay at the border simply due to passengers going through customs, not because they'd have to change trains?
  12. The amount of data my phone uses is absolutely batshit ridiculous. Yesterday throughout the day it had been sitting at roughly 6.9 GB out of 12 (total usage since the beginning of the cycle, which begins/ends on the 27th of each month), and normally the daily usage (on weekends when I'm out of town & have no wifi) would be anywhere from 100 MB to 1 GB or so, including browsing on my phone and turning on the mobile hotspot to be able to browse on my laptop. Then last night within a span of only about 45 mins (when I left the mobile hotspot turned on, but wasn't actively browsing the internet), the data usage suddenly spiked from less than 7 GB to nearly 11 (got the 90% warning via text). Seriously, where the fuck did all those nearly 4 GB go!? (according to my phone, the vast majority of data was used up by the mobile hotspot, but that still doesn't explain how 4 GB could've disappeared within 45 mins) Especially since I have an upcoming trip to New York booked next weekend, where I would certainly need to use data whenever I don't have wifi access.
  13. Some people decided now (nearly 2 am) is the perfect time to have a screaming match (girl voice shouting "leave me the fuck alone!", "I'll fucking kill you!", etc) out on one of the nearby neighborhood streets. This didn't sound like a victim screaming for help (at least I hope it wasn't that), but rather someone who got into a VERY heated argument/fight with someone they know (granted, the 2 aren't mutually exclusive).
  14. Mushroom-shaped candy washed down with some tea
  15. Well, I had no idea the term had been widely misused/misunderstood in its popular usage. When the TRs first came out there was certainly a lot of hype about them being the first "articulated" subways in North America. I had no idea that LIRR/MNRR electric railcars didn't use the standard railroad coupler design, until I looked at some photos & realized they instead use a design similar to that used in the subway. I assumed most if not all mainline equipment on the North American rail network would use the same coupler design for convenience. I was going by the specs listed for the T1s. Which sections of Toronto's subway network have 60m curves, and which mainline sections have 5% grades? That's a rather unusual configuration (normally a married pair has 1 cab per car, and a longer fixed set has a cab in the 1st & last car), I guess the closest analog would be Washington's 7000 series. To the average passenger, a 6-car train in (A-B)+(B-C)+(B-A) configuration would be basically indistinguishable from the TR configuration.
  16. I meant "articulated" in the general sense, the way the general public considers the TRs to be articulated, but I definitely see your point about each car being able to ride the rails independently. Indeed, anything that doesn't meet that criterion is not technically a "car", but rather a "section". i.e. a Flexity doesn't consist of 5 cars permanently linked together, but rather a single car made up of 5 articulated sections. If the TRs had the trucks mounted directly under the open gangways, they would be more accurately described as a single long car made up of 6 sections, rather than a 6-car train. Same with intermodal freight cars consisting of 3–5 sections (even though it's possible to add/remove those sections as needed). The C20 in Stockholm has a particularly unusual configuration for a subway, since each set consists of 3 sections, with the middle section/car having 2 trucks like a normal car, and the cab sections having only 1 truck at the cab end, with the other end being supported by the middle car. Do the diaphragms used on GO trains need to be connected together beyond just coupling the cars together, since they're of a different design than the tubular diaphragms used on, for example, Long Island & Metro-North? Since it is doable with fully open gangways like on the TR, would it be possible to have half-a-pair of bellows at the end of each car, that would be connected in the middle when the cars are coupled together? Another factor besides curve radius is the wheelbase & overhang (the reason the 75' cars in NYC have locked intercar doors is due to their longer overhang than that of the 60' cars). According to TTC subway car specs, the minimum curve radius they're designed for is 116 m, which is not that much smaller than the 125/175 m minimum preferred radius on mainline rail, but the minimum radius found on the NYC subway is apparently as small as 29 m (probably for the smaller A-division cars only, since I would expect the 75' B-division cars to have a similar minimum curve radius to the Toronto subway cars, which are the same length & probably similar wheelbase). Speaking of the next generation of subway cars, has the order been finalized at this time (or will be in the near future)? There isn't much information out there beyond that it has been moved back into this decade despite still being largely "unfunded", and the expected timeframe of delivery of a prototype & production fleet (of course, we can't expect those timeframes to be met if the project remains unfunded for the next few years). If they want to be able to easily switch between 4- and 6-car trains, especially if it's easier to maintain 2-car sets at Greenwood, they could always switch back to the married-pair configuration, but with open gangways between each pair (similar to how the brand new M8/9s on MNRR/LIRR have retained the married-pair configuration). Now if they want to add a 7th car, that makes things more complicated, since it would require adding an extra single car, or having longer sets (2+2+3, 4+3 or a 7-car set). Is the plan to have 7 cars of equal length (slightly shorter than 75'), or 6 standard-length cars and a shorter 7th car?
  17. What's the reason that subways almost never have diaphragms between cars, which is by far the most common design used on mainline passenger rail (i.e. GO transit)? The vast majority of subways around the world have either fully open gangways like the TRs, or nothing at all like the T1s, but a subway with diaphragms seems like a logical halfway point, as it combines the best of both worlds (cars can be easily coupled & uncoupled, while still allowing passengers to walk between cars).
  18. Another one (excuse the poor quality). Is there a reason this is happening more often now?
  19. Victim-blaming at its finest. Just because you're standing too close to the edge of the platform doesn't mean you're "asking for it" (to be pushed). Granted, it's not fair to place 100% of the blame on the TTC either, instead of the perpetrator and whatever was going through their head when they chose to do what they did (I won't get into the whole "mental health" vs. "pure evil" debate – whether the perpetrator is just a "bad person" or a "victim" of unfortunate circumstances is a topic for another thread, and probably another forum). But the TTC's lawyers openly saying that it is unsafe to travel on the TTC alone & unassisted, and that passengers should know better, is not only blaming the victim, but also counterproductive to the case of the party they're supposed to be defending (the TTC). All they're doing is giving the TTC bad PR ("we know it's unsafe, but fuck-all will be done about that, instead passengers have to travel at their own risk"). Unfortunately not everyone has a travel buddy / group / bodyguard to accompany them everywhere they go.
  20. Sounds like it's not as "NICE" as it should be.
  21. https://www.reddit.com/r/toronto/comments/v6e8hd/person_struck_by_train_at_rouge_hill_go_expect/ Seems like it was a suicide. I sure hope it wasn't a homicide like @PrimeTio's post implied. Still tragic & horrific nonetheless, for everyone involved.
  22. My family moved to Toronto from Moscow way back in 2000 and we've been living here ever since. Last time I travelled to Moscow was in 2003 (my parents last travelled there in 2020/2021), and while I never seriously considered ever moving back (even though we still have citizenship & property over there, and under normal circumstances could travel & live there as local residents), I was really looking forward to being able to travel to Russia (and possibly Ukraine & Belarus) starting in 2023 (when I turn 28 and no longer of conscription age), but this year the tables have turned unimaginably seems like travelling to any of those 3 countries within my lifetime was never meant to be. There are a lot of other countries & cities that I'd love to visit, but it's hard to pick a destination that would be the #1 choice for relocating. Toronto has always felt like a safe & comfortable place to live, but (& I hate to say this) that has changed, to the point where it sometimes seems like relocating (to some city with interesting transit & a low crime rate) would be the only way to escape the problem. But ofc that's easier said than done, as it would require abandoning what we have here & starting over.
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