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  1. Interesting trade. Doesn't make logistical sense but it makes sense if 927 kept breaking all the older buses of the fleet. Buses most of which were notoriously unreliable Never said they were but they will eventually be replaced by the new hybrids
  2. That would be greatly needed. Insane Jane is pretty bad and it looks like its getting worse with more and more reasons for people to travel to and on Jane. It's needed artics for a good while now. Since 2011 actually. Jane needs some of the love to deal with the overcrowding
  3. Really? Since when? It makes sense. i heard the 927 was breaking all the Orion hybrids. Presumably they may switch back when the new artics arrive
  4. It would make sense if most of the new artics went to Mount Dennis, as that division was made to handle large numbers of Artics and because there's quite a few routes that operate out of that division that need artics but only the high priority ones get them due to the limited number of artics the ttc has. Currently, only 29/929/329 Dufferin, 320 yonge and 941 Keele Express use the Artics. They still need more so they can run them on 35/935 and 927 H27 Express which i believe was the intended reason for switching 35 and 927 to Mount Dennis (apart from the obvious reshuffle after Mcnicoll opened). I am almost positive that it'll be Hybrid Novas as it makes sense to make all of the buses across the network come from the same make so that maintenance is cheaper and easier. As for the eBuses, it'll probably be new flyer. I actually don't know how the recieving deliveries works. I remember when the Hybrid Novas first arrived, they went to Arrow for some kind of certification before being transferred to Malvern. I've seen that any new artics would go to malvern at least initially. Anyway, 2022 will be an exciting year for the ttc and obtaining a new fleet of buses to retire the troublesome hybrid orions though i'll be sad to see the OG diesels and even the NG diesels go.
  5. On the subject of Amfleets being accessible or not, VIA could have some of the cars converted to be such. That was the original plan for some of the HEP 1 cars before VIA found such modifications couldn't be made to them due to their age.
  6. One idea i had and it might be a short sighted one tbh but VIA could buy some of Amtrak's outgoing Amfleet I cars and use those. Yes they are rather old but then so are our BUDDs by an extra 20-30 years and they're still going strong so it wouldn't be the worst idea, The coaches could be converted for long distance use (Amfleet Is are for corridor use) and some could be converted into diners and potentially, sleepers. Amfleet sleepers did exist at one time but i think they were test mules for Amtrak to decide how they wanted the Viewliner to be. We need to start thinking more green anyway and if Amtrak were just gonna scrap a bunch of em, why not let VIA buy some for their own use. It would also solve the whole Renaissance fleet needs replacing this decade thing. Even for an order of 17 or 27 sleepers (which is how many Renaissance sleepers they have in their fleet), if VIA came knocking on CAF's doors with money, they'd probably oblige. The only barrier here is VIA getting said money. I've heard that there may be talks to give VIA a significant increase in subsidy but i'll believe that when i see it
  7. I know a bunch of HEP1 and HEP2 cars are undergoing a refurbishment. I also know the Canadian needs more spares in case of a sudden necessity to replace a car or two. Interestingly, VIA seem to not have any plans to refurbish the Chateau sleeper cars seen mostly in the east and on the Hudson Bay. The Chateaus (Minus the converted cars) haven't been refurbished since the 90s. Even the Manor's are getting refurbishments. There are plenty of refurbished cars which haven't been repainted yet. The HEP1 coaches currently on the Ocean are such examples. Intriguing. It'll be interesting to see what the other built up sets look like once the frequency increases which isn't to be for a good while yet.
  8. Intriguing. According to information i have, there actually isn't enough Renaissance cars to have all 3 sets or whatever be mixed sets, correct? Or is this wrong? I understand the Ren to BUDD ratios can be different for each set. Interesting though i doubt this survived to modern day but i could be wrong. Perhaps there is still a couple of Skylines with reversible seating. We'll have to see. Incidentally, i travelled on the Ocean on the 1st of September. That was according to my sleeping car attendant, the very first day that the dining car was open to sleeper plus passengers only (and i believe it was also limited seatings) and the service lounges were open but only for using the wifi and mingling. Canteens were still closed with the temporary at seat cart service in economy and going to the sleeping car attendant in sleeper plus still the system they were using. I was on train 65 which merged with train 35 for Ottawa which became train 55 in Ottawa. 65 had a rebuilt BUDD and 2 skylines tacked onto the back headed for presumably Mimico. So Ottawa got to see skyline domes for the first time in 35 years.
  9. VIA would have to modify the dome seating to include seats which turn at each terminus but it seems like a likely addition once non essential activities are allowed again
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