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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. I don't own "Fifty Years" (although I should probably try to find one) but I did pick up a copy of "TTC '28" at Halton County some years back, and it had the sort of information I was looking for. Granted, I'm sure there were changes made to transit between 1928 and the 1940s, but it did give me a general sense of how much demand there was for streetcar services in the days of old, so it's all good.
  2. Thanks for the info guys!
  3. Does anyone know if there are any old streetcar route schedules available on the internet? I would be very interested in knowing how frequently routes that operate on 2-3 minute frequencies today operated back in the 1940s.
  4. I was supposed to go with my family to visit Slovakia this summer. We found a suitable set of tickets in the time frame that we wanted that would cost about $5200. We hesitated to buy the tickets because my mom had some doctor's appointments and we didn't want them to coincide with the trip. Now that we know that said appointments won't happen this summer, we went to go buy the tickets, and now they cost about $8000 instead.
  5. The student ID should be issued by your school.
  6. TODAY'S UPDATES TTC: Orion VII (7400-7882): 1 photo added Orion VII (8335-8396): 1 photo added Orion VII Hybrid (1200-1423): 4 photos added Orion VII Hybrid (1500-1689): 4 photos added Nova Bus LFS (9000-9027): 1 photo added CLRV (4010-4199): 5 photos added ALRV (4200-4251): 2 photos added Streetcar trackage: 2 photos added GO Transit: Bus: Alexander-Dennis Enviro500 (8000-8011): 1 photo Toronto Transit Commission 4197 - 07 by Andrew P., on Flickr
  7. All streetcars heading back to the carhouse pick up passengers along the way, so it's a valid thing to inform riders about.
  8. These are excellent resources, thanks for the links! When you say "strip", you're referring to the shape of the casing, right? I found this video of a U2 in operation in Edmonton and the lighting case looks exactly like what some old Tatras in Bratislava received back in the early 2000s. (Incidentally, the lighting blends in so well that I'd have never realized they were LEDs if I hadn't been informed before hand). The T3's original lighting was set up like this: The new lighting kits they received in the 2000s meanwhile look like this (unrelated, but this set up is wired in parallel rather than series I believe): The set up for Newman's cars that I was envisioning was basically one of these popped into a similar shaped case as shown in the second image I linked. I don't exactly know whether the U2s used this, but the set up seen on those cars is basically what I was envisioning in the first place. Cheers for bringing this to my attention!
  9. Would it be? Admittedly, it's possible I might have been looking at the wrong pages, but in my research I haven't found any LEDs rated for a higher voltage than 5 VDC. Even an LED bulb that you can drop into a household light fixture has a final output of something in that neighbourhood of 5 VDC, and I presume they have some type of power transformer inside to convert the mains input to a low VDC output. I presume if the original wiring from the T3s was maintained, there would be some power conversion at play to change line voltage to something that the bulb can use, so I'm doubtful as to whether said application would take up any more space than the original fluorescent tubes. Funnily enough, that's actually not the case. You are correct that the MG set was used to produce low voltage power for the car's various on board systems (North American cars were rated at 32 V IIRC, Tatras at 24 V), but the interior lighting was not one of those functions. The way I had it explained to me at Halton County (which is backed up by some documentation I have about T3s) was that the interior bulbs were rated at 220 V and were wired in series, with the power supply coming directly from the overhead wires (which was a good way for the driver to verify whether he had power or not). A resistor was used to bring the overhead power down to the required voltage. You've already seen this quote but that's essentially how old New York subway cars worked too. Later, post communist Tatras were wired in a similar way to the R-26/28/29 rebuilds - a solid state converter replaces the MG set, and produces AC (at 24 V IIRC) to power the interior lights. I suspect this might be a more optimal circuit to drop LED bulbs in to, and so there's a chance that Newman's T3Gs got this set up when they were rebuilt in 2010 anyway (even though LEDs were 7 years away). That is the set up that Bratislava's rebuilt K2 cars got, in any case (pre-rebuild, their lighting set up was also run from overhead voltage).
  10. I see. In the case of this issue, like I previously mentioned, you can have destination signs that change themselves, or failing that, have separate loading bays for each direction of transit - i.e. on opposite sides of an intersection, and clearly indicate that on the bus stop pole.
  11. Passing by Hillcrest one can see an NG VII Diesel sporting the new colours. It's not 8159 which is presently in service on route 29, anyone know which bus it is?
  12. Oh, you mean that the stops in both directions would be served by buses heading in both directions? This also happens in Bratislava. I guess passengers should just pay attention to the signs? There shouldn't be any trouble if that happens*. *unless the driver neglected to change the sign, but that can be avoided by having an intellibus system that changes your destination signs for you automatically.
  13. Any bus driver worth their salt should be able to get such an intersection figured out. In any case, ending the routes right before the terminus would accomplish what? Where would they turn around? Why would there be confusion? Most large town systems have routes that overlap for many kilometres at a time. In Toronto, streetcar routes 502 and 503 overlap for about 90% of the total routes and everyone gets to where they want to be alright.
  14. NEWMAN TRANSIT MARCH 6, 2017 NEWS TRAM-BUS ACCIDENT On January 16, 2017, there was a collision between a tram and a bus at Guildwood Parkway and Rivercourt Avenue. Nova Bus RTS #9265, in service northbound on route 30, rear ended Tatra T3SUCS #2055+2056, in service westbound on route 4. No one was seriously injured, but #2056 and #9265 were seriously damaged. As the retirement of both the T3SUCS cars and the Nova RTS buses in scheduled for later in 2017, neither unit will be repaired. Car #2055 will operate as a solo unit until it reaches enough km to its next major inspection, at which point it will be taken out of service. TRAM COLLISION On February 7, 2017, Newman was hit by an episode of freezing rain. At around 17:00, Tatra T3LF / T3P #2037+2038, in operation on route 4, rear ended K2G #2017, on route 3, at Beethoven Avenue and Westbridge Road. No one was hurt, but the investigation and clean up took around 2 hours, during which time service between Avion Shopping Park and Queensway Road was provided by replacement shuttle buses in the form of the X4. Extra replacement service to River Oaks College was not provided but all bus service to the college operated normally. Ice on the rails is blamed for the accident. All three cars have been repaired and reentered service. TATRA T3G #2057+2058 AFTER MAINTENANCE On February 14, 2017, Tatra T3G unit #2057+2058 appeared on the streets for a test run. The vehicle had been out of service since the end of November 2016 for maintenance. #2057+2058 have been repainted into Newman Transit's red livery, and their old BUSE BS 100 control unit has been replaced with a modern BS 300 unit. The BS 300 offers all the functions of the BS 100 but has a modernized interface and allows the downloading of updated destination information through WiFi networks. The cars are not currently scheduled for retirement until the mid-2020s (a decision made in August 2016), so their fluorescent interior lighting has also been replaced with LED tubes. The other T3G unit in Newman, #2051+2052, is currently undergoing maintenance and is expected to hit the streets later this month with the same upgrades. Author's note - I decided not to worry about how the replacement of the lighting with LEDs would work, as my electrical knowledge is not sufficient enough. It's just going to be one of those things that happened, and a solution was devised 'in-universe'. When the Halton County museum opens up again, I might talk to someone who works in maintenace there and see what their plans are for when they stop manufacturing fluorescent bulbs, but in the meantime, I'll just leave it as it is.
  15. The 2700 series up to 2834 had the UWE system for outdoor storage which the 2240s lacked. I'm not sure if they differ in any other ways.