PCC Guy

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  • Interests My interests include hot women, transportation, travel, music, and urban/transit planning.

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    My favorite transit vehicles -

    Tram: Tatra T3G, Tatra T3M
    Subway: Hawker-Siddeley H5, UTDC/Can-Car Rail H6, Hawker-Siddeley H4
    Bus: Karosa B 741, GM New Look

    TTC subway rankings:

    1. H5
    2. H6
    3. H4
    4. T1
    5. M1
    6. H2
    7. H1
    8. Gloucesters
    9. Toronto Rocket

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  1. Next time I visited Prague, I went in search of Tatra T6A5 #8739, which had an irregular paint scheme: its roof was white instead of grey. Here are the photos from that visit: DPHMP 9088 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8178 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I took a tram across the river to Strossmayerovo náměstí, where I assumed it would be a better photo angle than at Náměstí Republiky. I was wrong. While I waited, I photographed T6A5 #8734, which, for a change, has a simpler rear coupler. it was a Sunday, and so there were no two car trains in operation on route 6, it was all solo units. This is utter nonsense as the trams were rammed and they could have easily justified two car trains, but in the interest of saving money... DPHMP 8734 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8734 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8352 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr An ad wrapped Škoda 14 T. DPHMP 9141 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Along came #8739, also on the 6. DPHMP 8739 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I took a short ride and got off again. DPHMP 8739 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8739 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr Until next time!
  2. The low floor T3 was not ČKD's idea, it was the product of Czech rail engineering firm Pragoimex, who also designed the low floor section on the KT8D5 rebuilds.It's quite a good design IMHO, if they pulled through and added an air conditioning unit they would be perfect cars, just as fit for modern service as any modern tram. I do like ČKD's designs a whole lot, and I can't deny the reliability of the T3, but as a company they didn't really believe in a lot of innovation. The USSR demanded accelerator controlled cars as they were the simplest to maintain in their conditions, and if the rest of the Comecon members didn't share their enthusiasm, that was too bad. The aforementioned T3Ms came with upgraded electric units, but they didn't come from the factory in that way - ČKD supplied the electrics, and it was up to the individual operator to install them in place of the old PCC technology. Technological advancements such as the KT8 and T6 series were put on the backburner - when the first T6A5 prototypes rolled out (in 1991) the design was about 20 years out of date. Conceptually they derived from the T6B5, which was in production since 1983. I don't exactly know how the T6B5 and KT8D5 came to be, but the former was marketed to the Soviets as type T3M -some type of skullduggery, perhaps? In any case, until 1989 their biggest product was T3s witb 1930s technology. I think the modernized rebuilds (T3M, T3G, T3R.P) are fine enough cars but they REALLY should have arrived from the factory as such, never mind the KT8s and T6s: if GM could keep the Fishbowl design going for 30 years, the use of the original T3 carbody design was not a problem. Once capitalism settled down, the huge T3 orders for the USSR fell through. They couldn't compete in the market and went bankrupt in the late 1990s. Good cars, miserable manufacturer!
  3. The answer to that question depends on a number of factors - what exactly are you considering when asking that question? Build quality? Technical reliability? Driver experience? Amenities for passengers? The T3 is a fairly reliable vehicle, but it uses PCC technology from the 1930s so it's massively inefficient. The various rebuilds (T3M, T3G, T3R.P, T3R.PLF) have remedied this problem, however. Build quality was fairly good on cars built until 1982, but afterwards Tatra stopped giving a f*ck so the post-1982 cars are not nearly as well built. I believe the same is true for the T6A5, which was built from 1991-1997. I myself am partial to the T3, but I realize that, like with any other vehicle, it has it's positives and negatives. The oldest T3R.Ps use the frames of T3s built in the 1960s, and in a survey of the tram system several years back, it was found that the standard PCC T3 had a really low breakdown rate, so it doesn't seem to be a particularly bad tram, all things considered.
  4. Another batch of photos. The next time I visited Prague, I took the train from the suburb in which my family lives straight to the city centre. Coming out of the station, I was immediately treated to a host of trams. DPHMP 9059 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8265 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9078 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8251 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8518 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8225 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9241 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I had to catch a tram on route 15 to get across the Vltava river, where my journey would continue. It arrived in the form of T3R.P units 8538+8539. DPHMP 8538 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Once I arrived at Malostranské náměstí, I found I had just missed a route 23 run and had a nice 30 minute wait for the next one (the 23 is the aforementioned historical route) so I settled down to wait. DPHMP 8310 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8180 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8181 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr A 23 came by in the opposite direction. DPHMP 7142 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 7144 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 7144 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8182 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Along also came (finally) some T6A5s. DPHMP 8645 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8646 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Notice the different couplers on cars 8645 and 8646. Originally, all T6A5s came with automatic couplers (as on car 8646) that could join all electric circuits in a two car train (both 600 V and 24 V); practically speaking, what this means is that a two car T6A5 train can operate with power from just one car's pantograph. While the majority of Prague's automatic couplers remain, there is a considerable portion of the fleet that has lost one of its couplers and had it replaced with a simpler, so-called "Prague coupler" (being that it was invented in their workshops), that only allows a mechanical connection. Some cars have lost their front coupler (as in 8645); others their rear coupler. While it would make sense to remove the front and rear couplers on the ends of trains in a city like Bratislava, which runs their T6A5s in permanently joined two car trains, it seems odd for Prague to do so, as trains are put together and dismantled based on the needs of the car-house on any given day. Along came another T6A5 train, this time on the 15. DPHMP 8741 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8730 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8273 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8573 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9409 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 2033 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Finally, the 23 came. I recorded a video too, but I have yet to upload it to Youtube so it's just photos for now. DPHMP 7205 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Once off at the Prague castle, I took another photo. DPHMP 7205 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr After I was done touristing, I arrived at Malostranské náměstí again. DPHMP 9389 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 2033 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr Until next time!
  5. I am not a fan of the colour-conservative, rather drab liveries worn by Prague's T6A5s. DPHMP 8741 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I think that Bratislava's look miles better. DPB 7955 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
  6. TODAY'S UPDATES Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy Trams: Tatra T3R.P: 3 photos added Tatra T3R.PV: 1 photos added Tatra T6A5: 5 photos added Tatra KT8D5R.N2P: 1 photo added Škoda 14 T: 1 photo added Škoda 15 T: 2 photos added DPHMP 8739 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
  7. I'm assuming that was a very long and complex way of asking if 4401 will be in passenger service by year's end or not. Considering it's still in Toronto and given how long 4402 was out, I wouldn't count on it.
  8. A pair of Tatra T3s is seen on Malostranské náměstí in downtown Prague, operating a service on tourist-friendly route 23. DPHMP 7142 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
  9. Besides Slovakia, the other place in Europe where I plan to do a bit of fanning this summer is the Czech Republic! ...I think it's the summer, anyway. You wouldn't know it from the weather we've been having. As I type this, it's 20 Celsius in Prague! It figures, really. Anyways, I've already been to Prague (and will come again) and also plan on visiting Brno and Plzeñ. But here's what I've seen of Prague so far! Probably post 1 of 2. The first time I went was on July 12, but visiting Prague wasn't originally in the cards. However, my mom and cousin went to a shopping centre near Černý Most (the eastern terminus of Metro line B ) and I saw that, two stations down, at Hloubětín, there was a tram platform just over the station. The 16 and 25 stopped there, and both had some highly interesting vehicles in service that day, so we parted ways at the shopping centre and I rode to Hloubětín, where I trolled around for the next two hours. Here is what I got. Almost immediately, I found something which was of some annoyance to me - routes 16 and 25 have awful combined schedules. First it's the 25 that leaves, then the 16 follows three minutes later, and then there is no service for 9 minutes. Not an optimal arrangement, but oh well! I first sighted two T3R.P trains. This is one of the most numerous types of trams in Prague - I believe there is 315 of them. DPHMP 8329 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8364 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Shortly after, a rebuilt KT8D5 came down on route 25. DPHMP 9095 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Both routes 16 and 25 had a varied dispatch. For non-accessible runs, you could run into a T3R.P or T3M2-DVC. On accessible runs, you could sight the rebuilt KT8D5s or one of the new Škoda 15T trams. DPHMP 9237 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr The newest ones (the 15T4) come with some design differences, as well as new liveries. DPHMP 9326 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8328 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8364 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9329 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8371 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Just down the street was the Starý Hloubětín loop, terminus of the 8, so I walked down there and took some photos there as well. This is a T3M2-DVC. In the late 1990s, some of the city's oldest T3M trams (distinguished by the large cabinet of braking resistors on the roof) were in bad shape, but their electrical units were still fairly well off, so 18 cars got new bodies. Besides two pairs of T3Ms the company has kept for use on a historical, tourist-oriented tram route downtown (I haven't seen these as of yet) these are the only T3Ms you'll run into. DPHMP 8089 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8051 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8051 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr Another set of T3M2-DVCs leaving the loop with a number 8 service. DPHMP 8080 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8063 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr KT8D5 rebuild #9066 waiting in the loop. DPHMP 9066 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I also ran into one of the oldest trams in Prague - this car was built in 1962. I'm not sure how exactly it was decided which cars would be rebuilt, because the bulk of the T3R.P fleet is made up of cars dating back to the 1960s, whereas, in 2008, they sent 20 year old cars to North Korea. I know that the build quality of some of the later T3s dropped off a bit, but it still seems really strange to me. DPHMP 8359 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr #9066 pulling out of the loop... DPHMP 9066 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr ...and replaced by #9098. This car did not run in Prague originally; it was originally built for Košice, Slovakia, and then sold off to Strausberg in Germany because they had a surplus of cars. In 2015, Strausberg ceased to find a fair few KT8D5s useful so Prague picked them up. Currently, #9098 is the only car that has been finished... cars 9099-9105 are also planned and they're a long, LONG way from completion. Here is what 9101 looked like this past April. DPHMP 9098 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr And #8089 came the other way. Note its doors as compared to the ones on the tail car (8051). DPHMP 8089 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr Some ominous storm clouds were on the horizon, so I went back up to the Hloubětín stop, because, in the event of inclement weather conditions, I could run down into the metro, or into one of the shelters at the stop. DPHMP 8015 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Well the rain came down, and hard. I hid under the shelter and was fairly well off for the entire 5 minutes of rain. DPHMP 8359 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9096 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8076 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Before long, the sun was shining again! DPHMP 8015 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8009 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9303 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9060 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Along came Škoda 15T #9355, which is one of the few trams in Prague with a name. It's named František Kardaus, in honour of the designer of the T3 tram. DPHMP 9355 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr #9409 is the latest 15T to be delivered. DPHMP 9409 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9409 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9093 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 8072 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9093 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9076 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr To complete the outing, along came KT8D5 #9054. This car was equipped with an experimental pantograph in March 2016, and I wanted to get a photo of it. When I initially arrived, I found I had just missed it due to roadworks on the way to the metro, but everything came through in the end. DPHMP 9054 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9054 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9054 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPHMP 9054 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr That's it for now, thanks for viewing!
  10. TODAY'S UPDATES (bolded = new album) Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy Trams: Tatra T3SUCS: 7 photos added Tatra T3M2-DVC: 17 photos added Tatra T3R.P: 43 photos added Tatra T3R.PV: 5 photos added Tatra T3R.PLF: 4 photos added Tatra T6A5: 4 photos added Tatra KT8D5R.N2P: 22 photos added Škoda 15T: 21 photos added Buses: Renault Citybus 12M: 1 photo added SOR NB 12: 1 photo added Solaris Urbino 8.9: 2 photos added Private bus operators in Prague: Jaroslav Štěpánek: 8 photos added ABOUT ME: 2 photos added DPHMP 8089 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
  11. Ďakujem! If I'm not mistaken, the larger amount of doors seems to be a trend a lot of European manufacturers are moving towards. The new Mercedes-Benz Capacity L, which was unveiled late in 2014, also has a five door configuration. http://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/The-new-Mercedes-Benz-CapaCity-L-show-vehicle-in-detail.xhtml?oid=9904821 I wish we got more Mercedes buses instead of the SORs, but that sadly, that doesn't appear to be on its way to changing - a new order of I believe 90 buses is coming in in September and they're also SORs.
  12. I believe the main issue with the 14T was cracking in the frames of each car, in the front section. As a result of this, the entire fleet was removed from service in the summer of 2014. Rebuilds are happening to correct the wrongs, but they're being done as time allows: with all the new 15Ts coming in, there's no particular hurry to get all of the fleet road worthy again. I haven't heard of the 15Ts having this issue, nor am I aware of any larger acute problems on Bratislava's 29/30Ts.
  13. And here's part 2! The morning after, I woke up at around 6:30 in the morning, so I headed over to nearby grocery store to grab some food for the bus ride to my grandparents' house. On the way, I saw some buses: DPB 4930 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 1837 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I had quite a bit of time before my bus left, so I went over to Trnavske myto to photograph some tram and trolley bus activity at the tail end of rush hour. One of the new trolley buses on a route 209 service heading back to its home garage. DPB 6024 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr Some K2Ses on routes 2 and 8. Having photographed 7102, 7112 and 7128 on this trip, I now have photos of every K2S to have ever operated in Bratislava. This is the third complete fleet I have, after the T3G and T6A5/III trams. DPB 7102 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7107 - 06 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7112 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7128 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7128 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7135 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7115 - 06 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7109 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr Some trams on routes 4 and 9. DPB 7410 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7424 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7941 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr I encountered Mercedes #4926 again. This time it was doing a 68 service, and running in to the garage after morning rush hour. DPB 4926 - 05 by Andrew P., on Flickr After this, I went back to the hotel to grab my stuff and made for the bus station. I *just* missed a trolleybus on route 205, and I had a nice 15 minute wait for the next one. While I waited, I snapped one of the new articulated trolleys operating on the 207. DPB 6865 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr Until next time!
  14. Even if that was the case, the old message will still remain until such time as the vehicle's destination database is reprogrammed.
  15. Greetings from Slovakia! I am visiting Slovakia once again, and what's a trip to Slovakia without seeing Bratislava? Unlike in years past, I decided that this year, I'm going to upload my content when I am able to, rather than waiting to come back home. It means a lot less work for me at the end of every trip, haha. I haven't come to the city on a specific transit fanning related trip yet, but I stayed there in a hotel a few days ago, so I figure I'd post my haul from that stay. This is probably post 1 of 2. Some SOR buses and trolleys in operation on assorted routes. DPB 2218 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 6030 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I arrived in the city on July 5, which was a holiday, so sadly, the amount of trams in operation wasn't as varied as it could have been. There were still some things of interest, though: unlike three years ago, when no T6A5s made it out during the weekends/holidays, this time around they reign supreme. At least half of the dispatch on route 5 is provided by these cars; the other half is the brand new Škodas to provide some semblance of wheelchair accessibility. DPB 7936 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7119 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7947 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7120 - 06 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7927 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7928 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7507 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7522 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7424 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I was waiting to catch a route 5 tram to Dúbravka, where I wanted to photograph the former building of the post office, which has stood derelict and unused for nine years. They intend to tear it down and build a condo complex on the site, but when that will happen is anyone's guess. While I don't have a particularly strong affinity for this building, least of all in its present condition, I am glad that I got to photograph it nevertheless. Dúbravka post office - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr A murder of crows on the lawn outside completed the visual. Dúbravka post office - 05 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka city crow by Andrew P., on Flickr More photos. Dúbravka post office - 06 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 08 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 09 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 10 by Andrew P., on Flickr The façade at the north end of the building has been completely torn down at this point; it's now just an ugly concrete box. Dúbravka post office - 13 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 14 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 15 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 16 by Andrew P., on Flickr With my photos under my belt, I proceeded to get out of there. There weren't any odd looking characters around the building or anything - people do park their cars right by the sidewalk with no trouble, but the building was rather imposing and I didn't particularly care to stick around! I made my way to the tram stop and photographed T6A5/III #7953+7954 on route 5. With that, I now have photos of all the series III T6A5s in the city. DPB 7953 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7954 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr A Solaris midi bus. DPB 2003 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr I snapped a couple more pics of the post office from my tram. I still can't get over the fact that this thing is still standing! Dúbravka post office - 21 by Andrew P., on Flickr Dúbravka post office - 22 by Andrew P., on Flickr I got off my tram and photographed it, and a few others. DPB 7418 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7127 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7116 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr DPB 7119 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr I will post up the rest of my photos later today.