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  1. This is the problem - you're assuming that they actually want to "read". This book is meant as a "coffee table" book, to be left out and impress your friends and family when they come over. And in that case, it very much succeeds - the presentation is top-notch, and it is very, very well put together. But it is not meant as some sort of historical tome on the whole of transit in Toronto. There are other books better suited to that. For the record, $50 for a coffee table book is very, very affordable. Dan
  2. The presence of a port does not automatically make a return loop a viable option. Dan
  3. One other thing to possibly muddy the waters.... The various types of power semiconductors can fail into an "on" state in limited circumstances. There are a number of videos on the interwebs about this, including several by two well known Canuckistanian YouTubers. Not to say that with any certainty that happened in this situation, but something to consider. Dan
  4. I completely agree. And the fact that the Pacers and seemingly the Sprinters are to be replaced by the likes of the new CAF and Stadler diesels (and dual-modes) is testament to that. I was pointing out, however, that for at least a hot minute they were the latest-and-greatest and seemed poised to make a breakthrough in the market. Dan
  5. An acquaintance of mine was involved in that project as they were booting out Thales, and until Alstom took over. He investigated what options they had for what was installed - right down to ripping it all out and starting from scratch with a fixed-block system with wayside indications. While he agrees that the Thales product is likely superior in terms of operations, he doesn't have much good to say about them otherwise. Goalpost moving was the least of their problems - it sounds like the project was headed by their marketing department, rather than engineering. Dan
  6. Considering the lead time for the complex parts, production has already started. When we'll actually see an assembly that looks remotely like a streetcar? That probably won't be until late next year, I suspect. It will likely have no bearing - La Pocatière is a big facility with multiple production lines. It's capable of doing several things at once. Well, considering that the cars from the Finch Line are coming from a completely different part of the company, with a totally separate and independent inventory chain and assembly process......La Poc has nothing to do with them. As far as I know, the frames for the Edmonton cars (as well as the other Flexity Freedom cars built) were welded in Mexico. Dan
  7. So was Alstom with the resignalling work, and look where that's gotten us. Dan
  8. This is not a coincidence. It would have opened at the same time. The final section is being done in coordination with the work going on for The Crosstown, and can't open until all of the work at Eglinton is done. Dan
  9. Uhhhh...... Over a half-dozen sets are currently in daily service. Orders have dried up of late, sure, but that's also because the focus seems to be more on ordering newer, larger, longer-distance equipment Dan
  10. The first train has passed across the top of Toronto - it should be in Montreal by nightfall. Dan
  11. As has been explained to you already.... They do have a monthly pass. It's baked into the fare system via Presto. Don't have Presto, can't get a monthly pass. Dan
  12. There's also a video of the trainset (plus one loco) on the way as well.
  13. It's slightly more complex than that - and the Wikipedia page is somewhat misleading. The door threshold is built at (more-or-less) 48" off of the top of the rail. This is the standard. There is a bit of tolerance to account for things like worn wheels, the loaded or unloaded condition of the car, etc., but over time the cars are able to maintain a height pretty close to this. The floor height within the cars is built at 51". This is, again, basically a standard. All cars built with a solid centre sill - so basically every car that isn't low-floor - since the late 1800s have been built with the floor at this height. So, the discrepancy, you ask? For those old enough to remember, virtually all of the 1940s- and 1950s-built lightweight equipment was built with a large cast threshold to pass from the vestibule to the interior of the car. As the vestibule of the car was flat across the width of the car, you had to step over it upon entry into the car and it concealed the differences in height. Most heavyweights were also built this way. Modern cars, and those rebuilt with wheelchair access, instead slope the floor from the door threshold to the centre of the car. Dan
  14. I thought about pointing out that vent shaft, but I was also worried about muddying the issue. For the record, virtually all of those vent shafts are built beyond the ends of the platforms. Coxwell is another east-end station with a very visible one at street level. Dan
  15. I can't speak to the Venture cars (although knowing Siemens, they likely have an eye towards any potential future usage of the design), but the Viewliners are designed in a completely modular manner. The current bedrooms are designed as a single bedroom per module that then gets installed into the car shell - there seems to be no reason why other modules that are better suited for VIA Rail's needs could not be designed and fabricated to fit. So long as it fits into the side access, I think that it would fair to assume that just about any configuration could be designed - even ones that closely match VIA's existing fleets. Dan
  16. East? Not very. I think that they just touch the east side of Barrington St. - definitely not as far as the main portion of the park. To the west, they stretch to the laneway between Chisholm and Main. Dan
  17. Supposedly the bridge at St. Marys. But I've only heard of this through railfan channels, not anything official. Dan
  18. That's a rather self-serving position to take, don't you think? Dan
  19. You may want to look into how the Young Offenders Act actually works. There is nothing legally stopping anyone from posting his name on this forum. The Young Offenders Act only comes into play ONCE he has been arrested and remanded. Before then, anything goes. If he does actually get arrested, at that point it is up to the owners of this (and any other forum) how they react. And to be honest, in most cases they don't have to do anything until they get asked to do so. So no, there is no concern with sharing the individual's name at this moment. Unless you somehow have a hand in all of this as well. Dan
  20. Attitudes - and actions - like this long predate social media. Human nature can be a really shitty thing sometimes. Dan
  21. Most trains on most of the lines will be extended up to 10 cars over the next month or two. It will take some time to clean and prep the cars that have been sitting, and to cycle all of the trainsets through either of the two maintenance facilities. Dan
  22. The TTC found that onboard delays increased by quite literally a fraction of a single percentage point after they went to OPTO on the Sheppard Line, so any increases will likely be almost unnoticeable. Dan
  23. There are a number of things at play here that all combine to see what you are seeing. - The loading standards are different - and higher - for peak periods than non-peak. This means that each, single vehicle is allowed to carry more people during rush hours before an additional vehicle is required. - Run times are different during different periods. They are usually longest during peak periods, and especially the afternoon rush, when traffic is at its worst and vehicle loading is at its highest, and usually shortest during the evenings and nights when traffic is lightest and ridership is at its lowest point. - Over the past 15 years, the trend is that off-peak ridership has increased at a greater rate than peak ridership, and weekend ridership has increased faster than weekday off-peak. The 50 is not unique in this regard, not by any stretch of the imagination. If you scour the Service Summaries, you'll see all sorts of routes where these three things apply. Dan
  24. By that same token it would have been before 1958, because most of the trackage that was abandoned when York, Wellington, Richmond and Adelaide were one-way'd was poured in concrete. But again, I don't have an exact date. It would be best to ask one of those two. Dan
  25. I would not assume that. The discussions for that order started before the final Alstom cut-over, so it would have made more sense for them to just continue along that line of discussion and build a car that they already know to build - even if they didn't design it. It will take several years to fully integrate Bombardier's various product lines into the Alstom roster. And there will have to be a couple of divestments in that. There's no guarantee that the next set of vehicles for either line resemble anything being built today. Yes, the 30 meter length will be a requirement, but it's also been a kind of defacto standard for some time as well. But keep in mind too, that these lines were built with far more standardization in mind, and so aren't required to be operated by any one particular style or manufacturer of vehicle. The next order of vehicles may come from a manufacturer that we've never seen before on this side of the Atlantic - or Pacific. Dan
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