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  1. Ever try riding it outside of rush hour? Also, the Sheppard line is currently not running at its maximum train capacity at rush hour. In theory, you can install an overhead in the existing tunnels and dropping the platform height isn't exactly a parting the red sea level of difficulty assuming you couldn't modify the SELRT fleet to handle third rail operations. The problem is the crossover boxes which don't have the clearance and can't be modified without excavating them first. However, that level of work is on par with what's required to create the interlining junction between Don Mills a
  2. Honestly, there is more value in questioning whether the Sheppard Subway should be converted into an extension of the Sheppard West LRT and even that discussion has very little value due to the extreme cost and difficulty in pulling that off.
  3. Other than at Belleville if CP allows passenger trains on the Belleville sub, all the other lines that could be used to connect the two lines between Brockville and Toronto are long gone.
  4. I wouldn't call over 30 minutes by road in good conditions *just* north of Belleville. Edit: Of course, if Belleville really wants to get in on VIA's project, the Grand Junction/Belleville and North Hastings route to the O&Q line may still be usable.
  5. Well, if Belleville and the other communities along the corridor had ensured that the Canadian Northern right of way between Toronto and Ottawa had been preserved about 80 years ago...
  6. True. However, when unreliable information = only source of information, bad things happen.
  7. Then I get the impression that whoever originally said "at 5pm" actually meant to say "by 5pm."
  8. Well, closer to 20. But note that Tom1122 and a lot of other people were saying that it was departing at 5pm. It was at Old Weston Road at 4:54pm.
  9. Unfortunately, CP did a dick move and it departed Toronto 30 minutes early. I almost missed it at Old Weston Road.
  10. Because if the choke point in the production line isn't space to complete the final work that needs to be done on the cars, shifting the work to Toronto won't make a difference in terms of the speed of deliveries and may make things worse. Even if the factory space for the final work is the choke point, it makes sense to only ship as many cars to Toronto until the choke point shifts to something that can't be done at Leslie.
  11. The only way it matters is if the TTC and Bombardier can use this arrangement again in the future to further accelerate production.
  12. I wonder if anyone was in Oshawa when it had a meet with CP train 113.
  13. Simply put, it costs nothing to keep them up but it costs money to take them down.
  14. skyfirenet

    RDC in Windsor

    Nerts. I was near there today and didn't know about it. :S
  15. I can already tell you that a new ROW is needed for the area around Tweed. Other than that, for the most part, the ROW hasn't been completely obliterated by redevelopment thanks in part to running through the Canadian Shield. That said, getting through Kaladar, Mountain Grove and Brooke may be a problem.
  16. Sadly, the Tweed CP station was demolished not that long ago.
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    Seeing 1868 makes me sad that the NBEC didn't upgrade 1867 before CN bought the company and sold it for scrap. If the Train Touristique de Charlevoix had bought it, it would have been interesting to see if they (or any other Canadian operator) would have given it a 150 paint scheme.
  18. Considering the headaches that they are having with adapting Presto to the TTC's transfer policies, you're definitely not the only one who is disappointed.
  19. Does the Thunder Bay plant have a major shutdown in August? I'm asking because it seems odd that the production number crashes every August on that list and the October-November-December ramp-up doubts could be resolved by beating the targets for the next 3 months including July by one.
  20. Actually, not so much if the TTC was only doing clearance and curve testing at night. Then you only need something to pull one of the Alstom LRVs and something to rerail it in the event it derails.
  21. And when it comes to the Eglinton, I'm still uneasy over the section east of Don Mills getting done after the next election.
  22. Naturally, local access to the 401 between Yonge and McCowan will also be eliminated to ensure ridership numbers climb.
  23. Honestly, with the entitlement complex for subways on Sheppard, proposing a BRT on Sheppard now would be worse politically than doing nothing.
  24. Looks like we're going to have to close this thread down. Federal funding shuffle casts doubt on Sheppard LRT
  25. The coupler adapter can be attached to any ren car. It's just that VIA has doubts over the crash worthiness of the cars when in service which is why they have the baggage or transition car.
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