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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. https://www.masstransitmag.com/safety-security/article/21288158/fta-issues-safety-advisory-for-nova-bus-steering-gearbox-bolt-failure Is any of our stuff affected?
  2. We are not talking about whenever any LFLRV goes out of service for any reason. 4400 has already had its welds attended to; whatever ails it is outside of the scope of the thread.
  3. There is a staggering host of differences between rolling stock in Europe vs. here. North American regulations generally require a vehicle to be overbuilt, so that in the event of a collision, the people inside are protected, while the EU approach generally favours much lighter rolling stock, with regulations such as more advanced signalling systems, grade separation, etc doing the heavy lifting in ensuring safety. It is worth noting that very few things in this world are consistent, unless someone proposes the idea of standardizing it on an international level, such as the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. To the best of my knowledge, nothing of the sort has ever been attempted for railways, and I'm not sure you'd get anywhere even if you tried. A toy operation like the SRT won't require rolling stock built to such heavy duty standards as, say, the New York Subway, with its 24/7 hours of operation and expanded lifespans (over 40 years seems to be the de facto standard, as cars age much faster than their replacements can be financed and sourced). I repeatedly fail to understand what exactly would be gained by shipping subway cars directly on the rail network vs. on flatbeds. About the only benefit that I can see is that you wouldn't have to source a flat truck (which doesn't seem to be a very difficult task). Everything else about the delivery procedure should, broadly speaking, remain the same: you need something to push the delivered vehicles into the consist, you need something to pull it onto the property when it arrives, and it has to undergo inspection and testing before it can be allowed to move under its own power. You also have to deal with potential problems like incompatible couplers and incompatible gauges. I have my suspicions that perhaps loading gauges may be the reason for this model railway logic operation in various parts of Europe, especially the UK which has an extremely restrictive loading gauge and loading a Tube car onto a flatbed may be in excess of the permitted height clearances. North America has, as a general rule, much freer loading gauges which allows them to comfortably load a vehicle onto a flat car and ensure it is not subjected to the forces of heavy rail operation as it goes.
  4. Word to the wise: if you are trying to build a forum reputation, attacking established forumers is not the ideal way to do it. Doing so damages your credibility, which is exactly what you need for your assertions to be taken seriously. As for your allegations, it is logical that as the time for the arrival of the newest buses arrives, the TTC will retire the least healthy ones and part them out to keep the balance of the fleet going. However, 2/3rds of the fleet being gone before their replacements even arrive does not sound credible in the slightest. As for the NGs and 3Gs, height clearance issues at Queensway garage preclude either of these from going there. IF anything from Wilson were to cover for Queensway it would be the 8100s, which are more or less identical under the hood to the 7900s and 8000s.
  5. The rigid Ikarus 260 will be ending its tenure on Friday along with the 435 class. The articulated 280s should still have a couple more weeks before them.
  6. Would anyone happen to know the history of the Orion V that was exported to Sweden? It was for Linjebuss in Gothenburg and according to their roster on busphotos.eu (may be incomplete), there seemed to have only been one built. I'm sure I could find some further information on the bus if I knew Swedish, so I'll have to settle for asking here. Anyone know how this came to be? It appears to have had a rear window. A great pity it was scrapped.
  7. Yes, I'd be curious to know exactly what sort of transit systems these are that have been replaced DDs with artics. They must be urban systems, surely. I don't know of any artic produced in the modern day that is suitable for commuter operations. I guess if a big enough operator were interested, they could redesign the bus to make it more suitable for such an operation.
  8. No, they didn't. They tried to impose a contract on education support workers, those being chiefly early childhood educators, librarians, custodians, etc., not teachers. Those education workers then told them to pound sand. Please inform yourself before posting. Also, the GO strike literally just started. I'm sure there's lots of bad faith threats against the drivers in the pipeline, just give it time.
  9. I believe the union agreement mandates them to find them alternative positions within the commission. As they should.
  10. GO bus strike looming: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/go-bus-drivers-strike-monday-1.6641181
  11. Why finally, if they still refuse to make their cards compatible with Google Pay? As bad as the app was, it was the only solution.
  12. Just before this gets out of hand with further accusations that I don't know how the system operates, I have managed to find the discussion where my "facts" about the lunch breaks, or lack thereof, originated from. This was in response to an article from January 2012 about an operator who was let go for eating a chocolate bar behind the wheel. Being that I am not in the employ of the TTC, nor do I have any personal relations who are, I'm not sure at what point I was supposed to sniff out anything in this discussion as being suspect. I try to keep myself as informed about the TTC as possible, but this comes with certain limitations. If you told me right now that all budgeting and financing is done on scraps of paper with a pen, I would have no basis on which to discern that information is untrue.
  13. I thought by my use of pronouns it was clear I was targeting the company who put forward the proposal to rebrand. I am crystal clear about the fact that this was not the TTC's brainchild.
  14. The yuppies of our fine city continue to be 100% in touch with the real issues plaguing the TTC: their logo. https://www.blogto.com/city/2022/10/someone-redesigned-ttc-logo-people-have-thoughts/ The obsession with branding in this modern era is a real stain on our civilization. Like putting lipstick on a pig. All the issues the TTC has and this is what they choose to go after? Who cares about brand? Just make the service good and then who cares if the buses are painted in 1940s era blood and custard!
  15. I do indeed realize that a bus is capable of being driven by another driver, yes. The last time this topic was rehashed on this forum some years ago it was indicated that TTC drivers do not get lunch breaks at all, that they are expected to work for the entirety of their shift. Was that information incorrect/has that changed in recent times?
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