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  1. ^ I'd just like to update everyone about this project. As of today, Monday, August 9, revenue service has officially started on the Tampere Tramway. Tampere Tramway - Start of service 8/9/2021 (Official) Official NYSSE system map (pdf, tram lines in red) * I'd also like to make a correction to my previous post - I had mistakenly referred to line 1 as line 4. I'll include some more testing videos below. I'll try to update this post as further videos become available. Thanks for reading! Tampere Tramway - Škoda ForCity trams in city centre Tampere Tramway - First Passengers + Tram Ride
  2. (Note to mods: If there is a more appropriate thread, please feel free to move my post there.) Greetings and happy holidays to everyone! Sorry to re-open a thread I started 12 years ago, but I've been wanting to share this LRT project with you all for a long time, and figured now would be the appropriate time to post since construction is wrapping up, testing is beginning, and enough videos have been posted online. This project is very near and dear to me since it's happening in my hometown, and today I'd like to briefly showcase what has been built there. I find it very interesting to compare this city with Waterloo, Ontario as both: 1) experienced major growth thanks to a cell phone company, 2) both are major university centres, 3) both are midsize cities in their respective nations, 4) both built Phase 1 of their LRT networks, and 5) both had trolleybuses. Tampere, Finland is located about two hours north of Helsinki, and is the second largest city with a population of about 240 000. Known as the "Manchester" of Finland, Tampere was a major industrial centre. All that remains of that past now are several preserved historic buildings. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Tampere experienced rapid growth thanks to the success of Nokia. Nokia, where the mobile phone company got its' start is the neighbouring city west of Tampere. As a result, Tampere became a major tech and university centre. Historically, Tampere had been a trolleybus city (until 1976) - Helsinki, Turku, and Viipuri (Vyborg) having been the tram cities. As early as the 1900s, plans had existed for a tram network, but were eventually shelved mainly due to cost and war. Enter the 2000s. Hervanta, a new suburb in the south end had been designed as a "student suburb", and was rapidly expanding thanks to high density zoning and several university facilities. Two bus lines running mostly along a motorway to the city centre serve as the primary connection. Even with articulated buses, these two routes were struggling to meet demand. In 2016, to encourage further growth and be able to meet future demand, the controversial decision was made to build an LRT ("pikaraitiotie" in Finnish, directly translated: "express tramway") mostly parallel to the motorway in the suburbs, and centre-of/side-of-road ROW in and near the centre. Phase 1 consists of two LRT lines. Line 3 originates on the western edge of the city centre and runs eastward along the main shopping street. Line 4 originates at the shopping centre/bus station. Both lines meet west of the railroad station, run through a tunnel under the train tracks, and split again shortly after. Line 4 continues east to the main hospital, and line 3 runs south mostly along the motorway. Phase 2 consists of a western extension from where line 3 terminates to Lentävänniemi. Phase 1 is expected to be in service in August, while completion of phase 2 is projected for 2024. From Wiki, phase 1 will run 16km (9.9mi) and have 24 stops (4 overlapping). The depot is in Hervanta. In this map you can see the LRT routing through Tampere. Red is phase 1, blue is phase 2. This is the official route map that will be posted in the trams. The three-section vehicles are built by Škoda Transtech and are based on the original Helsinki Artic design (aka. ForCity Smart), but adapted for light rail (wider, bi-directional, doors on both sides.) Worth noting is that this network has been exceptionally built to standard gauge - Finnish gauge is 1 524mm. I haven't been able to find a reason for this, but it did allow Tampere to purchase a second-hand German tram to begin testing before the prototype unit was ready. The trams from Helsinki are incompatible due to the much narrower 1 000mm gauge. Finally, for all you transit geeks out there, I'll include some transit porn courtesy of Metrobug on Youtube. What is shown here is testing over the entire route with the prototype and a production unit, including high-speed (70km/h / ~45mph) testing along the off-street ROWs. Tampere Tramway, part 1 – Škoda ForCity prototype tram on test run Tampere Tramway, part 2 – Prototype tram on new sections Tampere Tramway, part 3 – First trams in city centre Tampere Tramway, part 4 – Prototype’s Final Run (+ more test runs) Tampere Tramway, part 5 – Goodbye Prototype Tampere Tramway, part 6 – Christmas Tram Official tour of the tram (English subtitles available) Thank you for reading. For further information, please consult the project's official website (in English). Happy New Years to everyone!
  3. Thank you for pointing this out. Guess I’m gonna have some fun times with unusual buses on my regular route until the September service changes go into effect.
  4. First time in my life seeing a Nova on the 51! This shot was taken of 8676 NB on Leslie at Nymark.
  5. Overhead grab bar from a Gloucester car
  6. ^ I believe the purpose of the blue light is to discourage junkies from shooting up on the bus. It makes it harder for them to see their veins. You occasionally see blue lights in public washrooms too.
  7. Just spotted artic 9130 laying over at Sheppard-Yonge station operating on the 84 Sheppard West (local service). I wasn’t sure whether to post this in the special sightings thread or the regular one. Have artics become a common occurrence on this route, or is this just a one-off?
  8. Thank you very much to everyone that took the time to reply! Very interesting stuff! I seriously had no idea either that the U2s were in such bad shape. I look forward to visiting Calgary one day, and experiencing this wonderful system in person.
  9. Hey everyone, I’m from Toronto, and have been following this forum, and Calgary’s transit developments for around a decade now. I have a strong respect for the CTrain, but I have a few questions about the network: 1) From watching cab ride videos, and observing the bi-directional signalling, the system looks to be able to operate both ways on a single track, obviously with reduced frequencies. But does this ever happen in regular service? (i.e. during scheduled maintenance, or an extended service disruption.) I haven’t seen any videos of this, so I’d like to ask actual Calgarians this. 2) Once Calgary Transit planned on operating 4 car (8 module) trains, why did they order (2 module) married pairs? The S200 cars are absolutely beautiful, but there’s a ridiculous total of 8 operator cabs on a 4 car train. Four module cars would have seemed like a much better choice. Was this even an option, or does Siemens only offer the S200 in 2 module units? Could they have made them with only one cab and secondary controls, like the Eglinton Crosstown Freedoms coming to Toronto? 3) Is there a planned refurbishment for the U2 units that won’t be retired (pretty much what Edmonton did)? I mean: repaint to current livery, LED destos/interior signage/”infotainment” system, new seats, etc. Sorry if these units have been modernized at all, I just haven’t found any pictures.
  10. Sorry, I find it stupid that the NB 200 doesn't stop at Bridgeport/Weber, even though the bus passes right through there. Bridgeport Plaza is right there. As if GRT expects you to take the 5 and then transfer at King. There's no reason the bus couldn't stop there, there's plenty of people who've gotta drag their groceries. Ps. When is the railroad bridge on Park gonna be replaced? That bridge looks like it's gonna collapse every time I walk by it. Cheers.
  11. Yesterday I spotted car 4220 in service westbound on Dundas at Bay. Never seen an ALRV operating on the 505 before. Aren't ALRVs restricted to 501, 511, and some peak 504 runs? Any thoughts on why this occured? Maybe Roncy had a shortage of available CLRVs.
  12. Thank you for the clarification. I was under the impression that all the routes for the appropriate division where overwritten when an update was required. Even then that leaves the possibility of oddball routes kicking around, e.g. routes formerly served by that division, buses being transfered between divisions, or temporary routes resulting from construction.
  13. I was surprised to see a bus heading eastbound on Eglinton at Laird signed "13 Neville Park to Victoria Park Stn". Guess the driver was having a little fun. It was indeed a temporary route in 2005, but I wonder why it's still programmed into the destos ten years later. Also, does anyone know when the TTC will start adding the stop number stickers at bus stops? Every bus stop now has a number, just no sticker. Is this delay somehow a result of the signage pilot project on Wellesley? The TTC webesite says all bus stops should have had them in 2011.
  14. I have seen the white led destination sign used on one of the new TTC wheel-trans buses. Agreed, it does look nice. This is the only such implementation I am aware of in the GTA. (source: Michael W. - www.ttcpage.tk) Helsinki used them on their new trams. (source: Tuukka Varjoranta - www.vaunut.org) (source: Juhana Konttinen - www.vaunut.org)
  15. I've been wondering... since we have such a surplus of T1s, would it make sense to convert some of them to work cars, and scrap the current H-series work cars.
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