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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 still find their choice of livery shocking. If memory serves, the original ideas thrown around called for green and white trains, which would've been far more visually appealing than this grey on grey on grey dreck, even if it would cause the intellectually challenged to confuse it with a big honking GO Train. I do not understand this modern era at all. It seems that the only objective is to make everything around you look as dull and dreary and depressing as possible. To match the times, perhaps? Not that I particularly enjoy 70s era kitsch but I would welcome that a million times over instead of grey/white & black/anthracite everything.
  2. Self check out is starting to really grate on my nerves. I have no idea how anyone could've thought this was a viable business proposition, because any cost savings that are made by having one person in charge of monitoring various stations are cancelled out by the fact that the slightest niggle in a transaction (which are common, because the average shopper is dumber than a brick) will cause lines to pile up and customer satisfaction to plummet. I don't really know of anyone who actually, genuinely, prefers self check out over a regular cashier except for the asocial, but the amount of problems that they generate are biblical in scale. Shipping label not removed from the box - customer scans this - invalid scan - employee has to interfere Customer has item without barcode - employee has to interfere Customer has item with a bin number instead of barcode (screw, etc) - employee has to infere Customer has discount slip - employee has to intefere Customer wants to pay cash (bonus points if they want to dump all of their change on you) - employee has to interfere Customer is lazy and doesn't want to "do someone else's job" - employee has to interfere Customer is confused and doesn't know what to do - employee has to interfere Now try to do all of this while being on the look out for sketchy people and woe betide you if you didn't notice someone walk out! And of course, it's the summer, so hours are down, because apparently it's "not as busy" (utter nonsense that could only come from an office dweller), so we have to make do with less employees. So now you're stuck there, on your own, you don't have any cashiers that can open any regular lanes and help clear up the line, so crowds build, and customers take it out on you. Be they old people who are angry that there's no lanes open because they don't understand technology (this is excusable, the verbal abuse is not); or entitled contractors who don't feel like doing the work. One of my most notable interactions, if you can call it that on account of there being no words from the customer, featured him pulling his cart up in front of me, and then jerking his head in the direction of the register! I am going to have to start playing dumb with these people. And speaking of dumb, if any action requires an override, the customer gets to see the employee back end screen, which is a terrible idea, because the unwashed masses have no idea how to do your job but think they do. Today at the self check out, there was a customer that wanted to pay a credit card bill with cash. For cash transactions with exact amounts (say, rounded up to $65), there is a button that the cashier can press instead of keying in that same quantity manually. This woman was owed a higher amount in change, but pointed to the screen and said "no, no, that's not right", before I even started counting up the change. Yeah, I know it's not right, did you SEE me giving you $65 in change?! Mind your own business! How exactly does it make sense from a scheduling perspective to have two people finish at 1 pm, but the next person doesn't come in until 4 pm?
  3. Legendary Toronto historian Mike Filey has passed away at the age of 81. https://www.torontomike.com/2022/08/mike-filey-dead-at-81/
  4. Quoted for truth. Related, something that's been getting on my nerves a lot lately is how every modern contraption seems to be equipped with some shrill, loud, and usually superflous beeper. We have lots of these at work; most recently, I've been getting extremely irritated by scan guns that beep every 3 seconds if their battery is low and they are charging. More than once while on duty I've taken the scan guns if they are not on a regularly used register (we have two overflow registers for busy times) and shoved them in a drawer for the duration of my shift. Then there are security tags on various high value products, which constitute the biggest and most pointless waste of time and most headache inducing "security measure" ever devised. No theft has ever been deterred by these, and we have a million different models, all deactivated a different way, and all of them trigger an alarm inside the register if you place it down on the register to remove the security tag. So now you have to drop the product on the dirty ground if you don't want some stupid alarm going off in your ear. The same goes for stuff like Toronto's new streetcars, which for some ungodly reason have to have beeps to signify that the doors are opening (two of them), then door chimes (for every door, which frequently don't close together), and then another high pitched beep... to signify that the doors are locked? It's a small wonder that anything productive gets done in this day and age when the only jobs that still exist seem to be charged with making life as headache inducing as possible.
  5. No one was talking about the stub track. Since you mention it, however, its length is 136 feet from junction to end. It's less than that if you want to ensure the car does not block another vehicle's access into the loop, but it should be plenty enough to fit a Flexity car, and this is clearly viewable if you look at it on Google Streetview, too. This is all a moot point, though, as the track is not connected electrically to the network and I know of no plans to change this. TTC '28 does not make any reference to the east to north curve track. Its only track diagram is dated to February 1928, prior to the TTC takeover of the Lakeshore track, so that is also out. The earliest reference I have found to it is in the foldout track diagrams that come with 50 Years of Progressive Transit - according to that, the track has been there since at least May 1, 1936. Personally, despite the low probability of it needing to be used, I think that intentionally handicapping yourself by omitting a curve wouldn't make much sense from an operation's perspective. This is my theory as to why the west to north curve at Queen and Kingston Road exists. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it, and all that.
  6. The flaming imbeciles who do this shit: I spilled a bit of someone else's coffee on myself today while cleaning up this mess. Is it that fucking hard to hold onto your garbage until you come across an emptier garbage can? It's a big box store, we have more of those than we have personnel. Christ.
  7. It's hard to be sure given how vague the tender description is, but I assume this is exactly the case. I suspect they may be making a push to recolour all of the remaining old livery BiLevels. I don't remember them tendering any painting services up to this point.
  8. RQQ-2022-LCLO-694 - RQQ-2022-LCLO-694: Painting Services for Bi-level Rail Coaches & Other Rail Eqpt https://www.metrolinx.merx.com/public/solicitations/2244024508/abstract?origin=0 I presume the days of the old livery BiLevels are numbered.
  9. This is what I assumed was the case as well. I have no idea why stale or otherwise incorrect tracker sightings keep being reported in this thread. Obviously there is a lot of value to sightings from these services, but it can only go so far.
  10. Sorry, how exactly can 4460 be tracking in Pickering when the GPS is disconnected in transit and there are no TTC receiver towers in an area not served by the TTC?
  11. Hell hath no fury like a bus prematurely retired.
  12. When you're trying to negotiate a purchase and the seller ends up backing out without telling you. There was a guy who was selling some old TTC memorabilia including some out of print books I inquired about. He told me to make an offer so I did, for the books. He told me he wanted to sell the whole thing instead of piecemeal. I told him I don't have that kind of money. This was a week ago and he hasn't responded. So I guess that's it? Can't even bother to let me know that we won't be able to reach an agreement? Chrissakes.
  13. The whole implementation of the door requests has been quite a mess. What is the point of having those buttons in the streetcars in the first place if they're just going to open all the doors at every stop anyway? Nothing like being on the car in the dead of winter and stopping to pick up one person and throwing all the doors open, especially when you're sitting right next to a door. Then again, given the omnishambolic approach to everything on the streetcar network, maybe this is really a blessing in disguise. Can you imagine if you missed your stop because the pushbutton wasn't working and you couldn't make your way to another door in time? I'm currently staying in Bratislava where this solution is used universally and this just happened to me a few days ago, busy bus so by the time I made my way to the next doorway the bus was already halfway to the next stop.
  14. You know you're getting old when people are unfamiliar with the vehicles of your youth!
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