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  1. A fair few of the CLRVs received body refurbs a few years ago according to earlier posts in the thread, but surely not now? 4049 and 4121 have been in service and 4080 is stripped.
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    Today's Sightings

    I wasn't referring to the six points rebuild, although that certainly wasn't helping. There was roadwork closing St. Albans as it ran parallel to the bus terminal, right in front of the condos, so they couldn't use that road to get in or out of the station.
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    Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    On the list of things I did not expect to see in the year 2019: someone making an interest in buses into... squints at notes on hand... a class issue? Posted as a reply to a thread on the Toronto Reddit critiquing the passenger facing design elements of the Nova hybrids.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    You mean this thing that's been on the buses since time immemorial??? Toronto Transit Commission 7400 driver controls - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr
  5. 4204 sure, but 4237 is definitely finished. It hasn't run since the spring and it was never refurbished so they had no reason to keep it.
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    TTC in the news

    TTC inspecting its hybrid buses after Quebec parks hundreds of vehicles over safety concerns https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ttc-inspects-hybrid-buses-1.5067463 Would anyone happen to know what are the MDBF statistics on these buses as compared to the diesels and the first gen hybrids? Are all these problems at least worth it?
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    2019 Transit Fanning goals

    So now that the first quarter of the year is nearly over, how's everyone doing on meeting their goals? I've completed my photoing of the 7900s (my total is 75/80) and I'm well on my way to finishing the 8000s (79/100). With the Nova hybrids out of service for a while it was getting a bit dicey but I've managed to grab some worthwhile photos of them by now too.
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    Today's Sightings

    Feel sorry for anyone using Kipling station in Toronto today, the closure of St. Albans Road between West Service Road and Aukland Road for some kind of roadwork meant a lot of the routes were diverting via the eastern arm of St. Albans. That, combined with the new traffic lights just north of the station on Kipling at Dundas, meant that there were insane traffic jams trying to get out of the station this afternoon. At one point traffic was backed up from Kipling/Dundas to about midway along the Kipling station bus platform.
  9. With the retirement of 4037 and 4140, we are now unofficially past the halfway mark in the CLRV tracking fleet. 97/196 left. As promised, here are some shots of Russell today. It is eerie how few active cars there are, it's become one huge graveyard for these beauties. 4075 and 4080 are at the front of the two westernmost tracks. 4075 has been missing since March 6. The row with 4177, 4157, 4126, and 4014. 4210 in its regular spot with 4215, 4226 and 4065. 4037. 4041 leads a line up containing 4221, 4084, 4176, and 4094. 4094 I've realized has been missing since Feb 26 so I've marked it MIA again. 4140 and 4090. 4029. They certainly worked fast on stripping this one.
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    Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    Had a rather unpleasant encounter with a rent a cop at Scarborough Town Centre today. I was standing on the sidewalk by the west side of the mall (this is the place), waiting for Nova hybrid #3400 to arrive. As I photographed it in the loading bay, the rent a cop pulled up in a mall security SUV and told me that I needed permission to take photos of the buses. Realizing that this was mall property and that they were well within their rights to make this request, I grumbled about moving my activities to the intersection and walked away. In reality, I wasn't looking for anything besides 3400, so as soon as she was out of sight I turned around and made for the SRT. Again, this is their right to do, but where is all the pushback against people taking photos and video for Instagram to document their shopping trips? Somehow, I doubt they would've met the same reaction. Later, at Kipling, a handful of Arrow drivers ogled at me like I had three heads as they made their turns, and a Queensway driver gave me an okay hand symbol 👌 to which I responded with a thumbs up. Nothing new under the sun.
  11. I was just by Russell. 4029 and 4041 are definitively stripped, you can kiss those goodbye forever 4140 is missing its front skirt. 4037 looks to still be in tact but is boxed in between stripped cars and dead ALRVs. 4177, 4157, 4126 and 4014 are stripped in a line near the workshop. There were only a couple of active cars in the yard, 4004 and 4185 are the numbers I remember. We are in the end days folks, grab your photos while you can. Photos when I return home.
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    General FML moments

    Thank you for your kind words.
  13. When I was in Prague (which I consider a gold standard for cities doing transit preservation), the cost of entrance to their museum was 50 Crowns ($2.96 CAD) for adults and 30 Crowns ($1.78 CAD) for children, and they seemed to get by fine. And they didn't have to bring in other cities' stuff to make it interesting or appealing to visitors, either.
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    General FML moments

    Over the winter I applied for a paid internship at a newspaper in Slovakia. I did an interview with them on Friday and felt I'd done fairly well, but today they asked me to translate an English text (the company's mission statement) into Slovak, to see the level my writing is at. I just finished up and my prose is so sloppy that if I actually get the job I'll be amazed.
  15. I realized it was never indicated as being stripped, plus the plans to put the ALRVs back in service mean that we don't actually know if that one will run again or not.
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    Missing in Action buses

    It's been at Hillcrest for a couple of weeks, and there was a rumour going around last week that it would be used as the prototype for the 40 foot Nova rebuild.
  17. 4020 was also out on the 501 this morning.
  18. I marked 4242 as being retired at the start of the month. I felt it was reasonable to conclude that it had been, based on its prolonged absence from service, as well as the number of ALRVs that were reported as being active in the service summary compared to what was still tracking.
  19. It's been previously confirmed in this thread that Seashore are interesting in acquiring a CLRV. There was a longstanding rumour that they wanted one of the three that went to Boston, but with 4029 being as shabby as it is and the other two long gone I'd be surprised if that was the one they ended up going for.
  20. Interesting that in that photo of 4210 at that link from November 2018, the car had its lights on despite being parked in that spot for months on end. Is that not a waste, to keep a dead streetcar lit up?
  21. To be fair, I don't imagine there is much overlap between people who would be interested in visiting a transit museum, and those who are so repulsed by the CLRV that they think stealing from the TTC is an appropriate course of action. The people who look down on the older vehicles we've got probably aren't going to fall over themselves to see one in a museum, either.
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    Best sounding buses

    I've always felt that the only TTC buses that have been able to measure up to the GMs in terms of engine sound were the 9400s. The M11 sounds real good.
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    General FML moments

    For the second morning in a row, I've woken up with excruciating pain in my right shoulder. I've done some stretches, as I did yesterday, and managed to clear up most of it, which is good, but clearly I must be sleeping very wrong.
  24. I would personally like to see this.
  25. According to my notes and what is viewable through TransSee vehicle history: 4203 last operated on June 26 on 501 4204 last operated on January 19 on 501 4207 last operated on December 17 on 501 4208 has not operated since before May 15 4210 ditto, and now it's stripped 4225 last operated in revenue service on December 17 on 501 4226 last operated on December 27 on 501 4228 last operated on September 16 on 501 4229 last operated on January 17 on 501 4230 last operated on January 19 on 501 4236 last operated on December 14/15 on 501 4242 was last in service at the end of May 2018 on the 501 4249 last operated on January 18 on 501 Not all of these dates may be accurate, for example 4217 was reported in the fall as being service on the 501 while tracking in Lake Ontario. I also discovered recently that TransSee deletes vehicle history data after a while, so that's unpleasant too. For CLRV news: 4022, 4039, 4091, 4143 at Hillcrest 4120's tracker has died, this one may have completed its duties as a mule now too 4164 last ran on March 7
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