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  1. Yeah that's a really weird naming convention for the 209/210. Wonder what they're trying to describe?
  2. Thanks for posting that. I'd been so curious what they bought. They sure went old, but you get what you can get! I was surprised when I was in Vancouver a couple weeks ago how short the WCE consists were, and that's even with still-cancelled trips. Wonder when we will see WCE return to normal? Makes me wonder if it hasn't had the same decent rebound as the rest of TransLink if it'll be a few years+.
  3. Interesting, 226 is a recycled number, which makes sense as it fits the current numbering scheme quite well. It had been the 226 St Patrick's which was always a pretty low frequency route I think. Captured the Western side of the City of North Van from Lonsdale Quay, Lions Gate Hospital and Pemberton I think? Always thought it was a funny route name as it went like two blocks on St Patrick's!
  4. Stuck in Nanaimo. It's still sitting there!
  5. If you download the CHEK+ app you can watch the whole series now It was posted to CHEK, who paid for the production, roughly two months ahead of the Downie Live channel. I actually didn't love the cross Canada series, felt too forced and insufficiency train centric, at least until the last episode. But still did enjoy watching it!
  6. I think it's the heaviness of the snow causing the issues today. A lot if it couldn't be and hasn't been cleared because it simply weighs too much. I just had to drive across town, snow stopped five or six hours ago but roads are still mostly covered.
  7. What does 210/211 consolidation look like? They serve decidedly different areas on the North Shore obviously. "Back in the old day" the 211 only went to Phibbs, they added a few Vancouver trips during peak hours, eventually the 290 was removed and most 211's during peak went to Vancouver. And now we have most trips serving Vancouver.
  8. Chicken and the egg philosophical debate a bit. TransLink isn't getting the fare revenue they need to sustain current service levels, let alone increase service. Some other sources of revenue are also generally on the decrease, and costs are going up for fuel, labour and infrastructure. Currently TransLink has emergency funding from both the Provincial and Federal governments, the first ending December 31 and the second March 31. Who knows if there will be additional funding to keep service up? So far those reductions look relatively tepid.
  9. In the olden times the North Van buses went back to NVTC in service. Cannot remember when that stopped but maybe early 2000s. Is a "To Garage" bus in service?
  10. Unfortunately it was a story and gone now! I'd ask around at transit but I'm away for seven weeks.
  11. Last night I saw Instagram video of a Decker on fire. But it was unclear if it was a reshare of old footage or something new. Anyone have any idea if there was a major fire last night? (Saturday November 13)
  12. Does anyone have access to a system map / schedule for 1973? Specifically December if I am able to get that specific
  13. On Thursday night there was a battery 40ft Nova cruising around downtown with several people in it, presumably from BC Transit. Sorry meant to post earlier but it was very late and was exhausted!
  14. Because in that specific case, from where I quoted originally for clarity, involved a suggestion of using infrastructure in a manner for which it isn't currently utilized. Trolley buses are unique enough an RFI would absolutely need to state "trolley".
  15. The RapidBus plan, which is actually ten years old (if not more?) was refreshed today. I haven't had a chance for a deep dive, but nothing too exciting. The West Shore route continues the get-off-the-Highway and into Colwood diversion which, IMO, will continue to stunt growth from the main developing areas in Langford. But I'll take slow progress over none! Edit: forgot the link! https://www.bctransit.com/documents/1529712854568
  16. Got privatized quick, think it was an inside leak. Same as the official account post @Oc4526kindly posted - just up a few hours earlier!
  17. I can't take any credit for finding this: https://www.instagram.com/test111114332/ VIA's first Charger! I like the look. Hopefully we will see a more unified look to the fleet in the coming years - it's getting pretty rainbow-era-esque and the poor Canadian consist is a victim to too many ideas.
  18. Same for me; I was a sporadic rider, maybe four round trips a month before Covid-19. Since I've taken one trip where I couldn't figure out an alternative (that was reasonably priced), to the ferry terminal for my one trip to Vancouver in the last 14 months. Until and including March 10, 2020, I went to Vancouver about three times a month. Can't say I care much for these durastic albeit necessary changes in life.
  19. My train nerd circle seems to be buzzing that the new WCE locomotive was purchased in January, but no idea what it was? Any random F59-varients hanging around Vancouver?
  20. It'll be presumably used and protect the fleet while rebuilds are happening. Almost asssuredly similar in cost to leasing for a long period, particularly right now with a high availability in the locomotive supply market. That was the plan from late 2019 anyways, which I stumbled earlier today upon Googling from a couple posts up where my memory erred. Even with six units from time to time they still needed Via to get them power. If I were WCE/TransLink I would be worried about the sustainability of Via as a back up, and WCE needs hear end power so can't rely on freight units (or need a generator car).
  21. I swear that refurb is a rehashed announcement, in fact, didn't it already go to RFP? Edit - my memory failed me. The previous contract was to define work need, which was done. But the refurb is a natural consequence of that.
  22. Dane


    Please, join me in foaming hard: https://youtu.be/TOZdzbDpftI
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