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    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. PCC Guy

    TTC CLRV/ALRV retirements

    4029 lives, snapped her pulling out of Russell and turning onto Queen eastbound about 20 minutes ago. According to the tracker she should be in the Kingston Road loop right now.
  2. PCC Guy

    Whats up with the board

    Does anyone know what happened to the H5/H6 retirement thread in the GTA section? The whole thread appears to have vanished.
  3. PCC Guy

    General FY Moments

    I finished my ALRV photo collection today. I popped by Russell and 4224 happened to be visible from Queen Street. That means I have 48/52 of the cars photographed - the only ones I couldn't get were 4206, 4219, 4220, and 4231, which are all sadly long retired by this point. Out of the still-in service CLRVs, I'm only missing 5 more units.
  4. They're just numbers, guys. No one is going to get the new order of Novas confused with the SRT just because they're both in the 3000s. The fact that the new Novas are going into the 3000s doesn't disqualify 9240-9999 or whatever from existing later on. Just chill and enjoy the buses for what they are, rather than for an arbitrary number.
  5. PCC Guy

    TTC NovaBus LFS Movement List

    Because they were separate orders, and it is not common these days for a new order to pick up immediately where the last one left off. That seems to be a thing of the past.
  6. PCC Guy

    Today's Special Sightings

    Back in 2008, a Bloor-Danforth line supervisor said that the H4s would be replaced by the H5s, which would live out their final years on the BD line before being replaced by moving T1s. Obviously, that didn't happen, and I'm not sure why this supervisor would be a more credible source on whether the Orions would run on the 175 or not.
  7. Both of these questions can be answered with a simple search: if you Google "TTC Hillcrest yard", you don't even have to scroll down the page to see its exact address. As to the issue of the 175, the TTC's website has the service information for every single route they operate, it's a treasure trove of information. http://ttc.ca/Routes/175/RouteDescription.jsp?tabName=route
  8. PCC Guy

    TTC NovaBus LFS Movement List

    I definitely wouldn't trust any information from the trackets today - here are the readings for a bunch of long-dead Orion VIIs.
  9. PCC Guy

    Anyone create their own transit system?

    Oh yes, I forgot about these! Would it be alright with you if I took these files and edited them a bit further? In the three years since I made this request I've enhanced my bus editing skills a little bit, and also reimagined the Newman Transit livery a little bit.
  10. PCC Guy

    Streetcar News

    Yesterday I was at Victoria Park and there didn't appear to be any reason or rhyme behind the sign displays. There were more units showing the route name, but were either displaying "High Park" (presumably the loop), "High Park station", or "High Park and Keele station". There were also a few units still without the route name; those were either showing 506 High Park, a 506 High Park & Keele station. It's amazing how many different exposures one catch on a simple, one-branch route.
  11. PCC Guy

    Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    I had a lot of attention paid to me today on my fanning trip, surprisingly. Several drivers at Scarborough Town Centre waved to me, a hybrid driver at Victoria Park stopped in the middle of the intersection to berate me that I didn't have permission to take his photo (something I didn't even have - if you can identify a driver through the warped windscreen glass, you must be a wizard), and then a driver training bus pulled over, and the instructor came and chatted with me for a bit. He asked me what I was up to, I told him I was looking for Orion VIIs before they retired, and we chatted a bit about the hobby. He mentioned that he was with the Toronto Transportation Society, so if that was anyone who's on these forums, it was nice chatting with you! Bus fanning can be a very solitary hobby so all interaction with the outside world is nice. I hope you enjoy Dayton!
  12. PCC Guy

    TTC Orion VII Retirements

    7725 7774 7781 7835 7881 at Eglinton
  13. Who cares! We'll know the number of the first bus this week. All this speculation is pointless.
  14. PCC Guy

    Today's Special Sightings

    And it just keeps going... Ok, so: the MTO sticker is a certification for the license plate that needs to be renewed every 6 (?) months. This is a cycle that starts day 1 of the bus wearing a license plate. Towards the end of a bus' service life, the commission may elect to not renew the sticker for whatever reason, usually because the repairs required to recertify the bus for revenue service would be considered a waste of money. As this means the bus is no longer certified to run on the road, it will be retired. Just because a sticker expires doesn't mean the bus will retire, nor does having a valid sticker preclude a bus from being retired for other reasons.
  15. PCC Guy

    Today's Special Sightings

    A bus doesn't have to live out its MTO sticker's lifespan. If a bus is in a serious collision, it will be retired, be damned to the fact that it may have had its MTO sticker renewed yesterday. How long the OGs will last depends entirely on how long it takes to get the next order of Novas in.