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Robert Lubinski

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    Toronto transit, subway historical info, subway fleet data and spotting reports.

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  1. 4472 got a brand-new front end in 1988 and some other work, so that's probably why it appears to be in better condition. 4472 was retired in November 1989, just before the last major group of HRB cars were retired in April 1990. I think 4404 was retired before that, probably in 1988. The lower bodies would have 45 years of moisture and then 30 years of road salt to accelerate the corrosion. The fact that they're still in this condition is pretty remarkable.
  2. Thanks, I was devoting all my attention tracking CLRVs last year so I missed that one.
  3. 4414 isn't tracking lately, anyone know where it's at? After being at Russell for a while 4505 was tracking at Leslie yesterday. This one has a similar issue to 4402 and has been out for nearly a year.
  4. 4600 seems to have gone MIA since Feb 5, was tracking at Leslie for the last few days.
  5. As reported in the delays thread, 4516 will be out for a bit after its derailment. 4494 returned after about a week. Will be interesting to see how soon 4516 returns to service.
  6. If they need to move them around for any purpose it's easier than spending time and effort coupling up dead cars. I don't think they're drawing that much power sitting there idle.
  7. The shedman sweeping the PCC later went to Greenwood Shops and worked on subway gearboxes, I was told he retired about five years ago or so!
  8. Toronto Star "Day in the Life of Toronto", January 7, 1986. View from the pit at Russell, photo by Alan Dunlop. Feature posted in the Star today. There is also a photo of a shedman sweeping a PCC. Edit: added that photo here to keep them together.
  9. It's academic but there would be no shortage of parts when you've retired 80% of the fleet and salvaged a ton of key parts. Accessibility is not really an issue if they ran on a route like 508 that 100% overlaps with accessible routes. It's extra capacity at the peak hours. It came down to being able to check the box that they were retired by the end of 2019, which was the stated goal some time ago. It's done, and management gets to say it achieved that objective on its performance review.
  10. 4579 has been MIA since December 20. I'm told it was in a collision but I'm not sure if it happened then or was an earlier incident.
  11. The red vent CLRVs were the three 1984 celebration cars (4000, 02, 05) plus 4175 that was supposed to be a celebration car but there were paint issues so it was not used. The red vents were painted white by 2000 if not sooner. One car, 4075 was repainted with silver vents before they did the repaints with white vents. The grey vents were the original unpainted metal.
  12. I took my last day shots at John St. well away from any crowds and where the cars were on the street. They all stopped for passengers so it wasn't hard to get decent shots even on such a miserable day. The Wolseley Loop pics posted are good but it's not the best for photos when the cars are pulled up to the curb. By the time the cars were at Wolseley for the last run I was frozen and had my photos and last rides on other days when the cars weren't filled with foamers and angry geezers. Aside from the clueless people who walk in front of everyone's photos when it should be obvious there's a pho
  13. The CLRV brochure pic and General Manager Michael Warren with a CLRV model.
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