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  1. I was deeply cynical about the ONTC "test run". Can anyone advise a good reason to have done it other than to have fresh pictures on Tory election literature, that CN's inspection RDC or similar couldn't have ascertained about the state of the track (especially given south of Washago the state of the track is hardly a mystery)
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    Can’t see who is going to want the Series 6s for revenue if WSDOT don’t; which insurer is going to want to touch them given what NTSB feels about them? At least the 7s have their own cab cars instead of requiring NPCUs. WSDOT have put them up for sale but I suspect a final use akin to the Turboliners - police/fire training or something similar. https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/business/trainsets-sale
  3. Metrolinx reneges on provision of land for a promised Jane-Finch community centre, claiming the commitment wasn’t “properly vetted”. Instead the property will be sold to the highest bidder. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/07/21/metrolinx-reneges-on-plan-to-donate-land-for-jane-finch-community-centre-will-instead-sell-to-highest-bidder.html Metrolinx (which we now know receives direction from MTO) have hamstrung future consultations with communities and municipal representatives, adding this to the resiling from the public art on the Davenport Overpass. On the other hand, budget realities may make FWLRT, Davenport and Crosstown the last active transit projects in 416 for some time to come.
  4. Interesting that Churchill, White River, Northern Quebec not discontinued. Presumably due to lack of alternatives.
  5. I was referring to Coxwell Subway where Line 2 crews are exchanged, not Coxwell loop.
  6. Agreed, but compare to the subways. It is simply not tolerated to have crews take a break at Coxwell and return. The crews are exchanged. The vehicles get moving. Now, there can be reasons to hold a car in order to not have too big a gap to the next one arriving, but that's a different situation. In any event, this work should have been done before the 505 was made a streetcar again - the queues to enter the station were bad enough before.
  7. Pouring concrete (and reducing accessibility) to store cars rather than swapping operators to keep vehicles in motion...
  8. The Mount Dennis Metrolinx yard will have a 30MWh energy storage facility. Some back of the envelope math using the 125kW system as a guide says one of those in an e-bus yard means a full charge for 80 buses (probably 60-70 in practice)
  9. I was thinking something simpler; using Canpa as a wye after Canadian has been serviced, so it would point east on departure from Union which hasn’t been possible for some years now. Would still be time consuming but only for the essential crew and not passengers and passenger service crew.
  10. I would really like to see a west to north curve from LSW onto Canpa/Obico (which would entail some expropriation) especially if it meant Canadian could also be turned and save a bunch of time on backups from Newmarket onto York. But who pays...
  11. It seems that CP has been - quietly - lending track capacity to CN. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cp-cn-arrangement-blockade-1.5474684
  12. Caltrain last year took delivery of two ex-Amtrak AEM-7 locomotives, to use in tests of their new catenary installation https://sf.streetsblog.org/2019/06/28/eyes-on-the-rails-caltrains-first-electric-train-arrives/
  13. dowlingm


    Really not a fan of the coach colour scheme. Even if you have to have that white along the windows, why not continue or blend the lower blue stripe along the power car?
  14. Saw 3725 the other day and seemed a bit “toy like” from the back, I guess because I have gotten used to a “flat” back end in TTC buses where this seemed curved and a bit plasticky visually. Obviously none of that matters as long as it does the job! It was on 141; not sure if that route suits the vehicle but if people are going be expected to pay a premium for 140 series routes the least the TTC can give them is a quiet bus.
  15. these protests generally occur at grade crossings, as did the one on CP near Dupont on Toronto. Closing the 401 or blocking the approach roads to YYZ or YOW would get a lot more attention but would also attract a much more rapid and confrontational response from government.
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