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  1. chills_on_the_train

    Random Ctrain pics

    Saw the same consist yesterday on my way home. 2002 is a true hero.
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    Calgary Transit

    I don't know what a key is in this context, but it arrived at Crowfoot at about 8:45AM and then went out of service.
  3. chills_on_the_train

    Calgary Transit

    I enjoyed a rather wild, slip-slidey ride to Crowfoot station this morning on the 138. Driver didn't seem to realize he was driving in winter conditions. As we came into the loop at the station the bus slid and hopped the curb, nearly nailing the fence. Always blows my mind a bit that someone who is a professional driver is incapable of exercising basic winter driving skills. Does CT deliver any kind of winter-driving training?
  4. chills_on_the_train

    Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    So if I'm understanding this correctly, we should shortly start seeing the following consists in service: U2 Series 5/6/7 Pre-Refurb Series 5/6/7 Post-Refurb Series 8 Series 9 And none of the promised Post-Refurb/Series 8 combinations that were one of the initial goals of the program, is that right?
  5. chills_on_the_train

    Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    Already missing panels! Now that's efficiency.
  6. chills_on_the_train

    Stoney Bus Garage

    Why is this, exactly? Because of fewer passengers, or because it makes shift changes easier?
  7. chills_on_the_train

    Random Photos - Calgary and Area

    Izz thizz why zome zzpeakerz zzound fuzzzy?
  8. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    Despite all the issues with these cars, there is one aspect to them I see a lot that I don't think gets talked about much, and that's accessibility. Many times I have watched someone in a wheelchair or with some other mobility issue struggle to board a U2 or 160. If they happen to be in front of an accessible entrance, things are a little easier, but frequently the person hasn't aligned themselves to be in a position to get to a different door in a reasonable time, especially if the platform is snowy or slippery. They then have a choice between trying to jam themselves in anyway or wait for another train. In the winter, the latter option isn't really a good one. So a lot of commotion can ensue. With a 200 though, there's never a problem. Given that public transportation likely caters to a disproportionate number of people in this situation, I am very glad these trains exist and in that regard, am eager to see them make up a higher percentage of the fleet, for the dignity on my fellow citizens.
  9. chills_on_the_train

    Random Ctrain pics

    I mean, from a passenger perspective the nuclear-powered HVAC in the S200 along with the less-awkward seating, big windows and accessibility wins of the three IMO.
  10. chills_on_the_train

    Random Ctrain pics

    Now there's a fun little social experiment. Drive that consist around (I'm aware it's impossible) and see which car more people avoid.
  11. chills_on_the_train

    Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    Hmm. I remember going from Dalhousie to Heritage daily around 2003-2004 and the SDs were always much cooler and more comfortable than the U2s. But maybe that was due to thicker glass or something?
  12. chills_on_the_train

    Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    I remember the 160s having AC right from the get-go though...?
  13. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    I came to work today (SB Red Line) on a consist that had 2459 at the front.
  14. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    So is there some kind of revision plan in the works to fix the various bugs in these trains, or is everyone resigned to operating them "as-is" for the forseeable future? Seems like a fairly major software update is needed, at best.
  15. chills_on_the_train

    2018 Novabus LFS CNG Sightings and Deliveries

    Nice! I rode on one of the demonstrators a few weeks back. Seemed just like any other XD40 - maybe slightly quieter? But an 85% emissions reduction is a definite win. Overall that may even be better than an all-electric fleet when you consider the CO2 from generation.
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