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  1. Where the photographer is known, I credit the photographer in my watermark (and even in file names as that helps me with watermarking images at a later time after scanning) as well as noting that the slide if from my collection. Photo © John Doe, Collection of Martin Parsons If the photograph is unknown, I simply credit it to my collection Photo © Collection of Martin Parsons In particular this applies to slides and negatives that I have purchased. Quite often there is a photographer listed on the slide mount. More often than not I find it does not appear that the eBay sellers were the original photographers. This changes a little bit if I know the person and they gave the slides or negatives to me (vs. me buying). Photo © John Doe, Collection of Martin Parsons via Jane Doe or Photo © John Doe, Collection of Jane Doe. This applies to first generation images.... original slides or negatives. Second generation images I handle differently. Second generation images would be considered anything that was produced from an original first generation image... so, prints or duplicate slides. Since with a second generation image I don't own the original image I give myself no credit. In my case this largely applies to prints I had made from the late Peter Cox's collection, so, it is typical to see these variations: Photo © Peter Cox Photo © John Doe, Collection of Peter Cox. I would of course also use this format if the material was just loaned to me to scan. I think that that just above covers that.... On the topic of reposting images... If the image is readily available on the internet, there is no need to upload the image to the CPTDB in my opinion. This uses CPTDB resources, and as minuscule an amount as a few photos are in the grand scheme of things, someone is paying for that space so the decent thing to do is respect that and limit using those resource when you can. Duplicating an image that already exists on the internet is one of those times. Having said that, there might be a compelling reason to post the image, fair enough. And of course if it's an image that's not already on the internet, go wild uploading here. By linking to the image at the original source you are then directing the viewer to other potentially interesting material. HOWEVER.... Some counterpoints to my above... Directly linking to an existing image is known as hotlinking and can be considered bad netiquette: https://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/25315/hotlinking-what-is-it-and-why-shouldnt-people-do-it Personally, I don't mind people hotlinking to Barp given that we have unlimited bandwidth. STRONG preference would be if the image is embedded, to modify the code to display a thumbnail sized image. If the full size image is embedded there no reason for somepne to click on the image and follow the link to the original source after all. OR, simply provide the direct link without embedding the image itself. By providing just the link to the image you then do save the website that hosts the image that bandwidth. If you think how many times members and none members visit any given thread on the CPTDB, each and every time that pages open with a hotlinked/ embedded image the website that hosts it uses bandwidth. Finally, while browsing some of the images posted in the Ottawa section in particular researching for this post, I've noticed a pattern with STO_1601's use of uploading to CPTDB vs. linking to the original sources. If he was able to download the images from websites, he would then upload them to the CPTDB for posting. However, if the images were on a Flickr members account who disallowed downloading of images (Jan Boic and Paul Bateson that I noticed in particular) he would link to the images directly on Flickr to circumvent his apparent inability to download the images and then upload them to the CPTDB. What the result of this is that the images once embedded in a post on the CPTDB will actually allow you do download the image which seems to go against the original intention of the copyright holders. I might be looking too much into that, but, it was an observation based upon looking back a few pages in the vintage photos thread. A couple of images as examples of my watermarking and crediting scheme: Photographer known, slide that I purchased. Image in my collection that was given to me. Covers the original photographer, that the image is in my collection, and credit to the person who passed the slide on to me. I figured this one is not OC Transpo since I've only scanned the one OC Tranpso slide in my collection, however it is a foreign artic demonstrator so ties in nicely with the Van Hool artic with OC Transpo.
  2. If the bus is admissible to Canada, which New Flyer's, Nova's, and Orion's are, the extent of what might be required to meet Canadian regulations might just be bilingual emergency exist instructions, and then of course being able to pass a safety inspection. That goes a long way back now that I heard that and I don't recall now if I ever dug that up however. Most other standards I'm sure are quite similar between Canada and US production buses. Certainly there have been examples of US low floor buses coming into Canada. Regina had ex Charlotte LFS's. PWT brought in 19 ex Orange County D40LF's, some of which still run with Milton Transit apparently. It would be buses from Gillig and Neoplan that wouldn't be able to make it in. I've been watching the Ottawa LRT opening with interest. In the same time span that Ottawa has been open, Edmonton has had 3 majorish incidents. 2, quite unfortunately, were non-criminal/ non-suspicious deaths that occurred during peak times. The other was a case of overheating brakes. In the two deaths, bus replacement service was organized. ETS pulls floater buses first, and then starts looking for garage bound buses, while presumably dispatching spare board drivers. ETS does have a list of runs to pull from regular service to support LRT contingency service. In all 3 cases, ETS pretty quickly got one track that wasn't affected open for service and then used the buses to support the reduce capacity from single tracking. I don't believe any contingency was used for the overheated brakes. From my perspective, for Ottawa it does look like some teething issues, which, frankly should be expected. Unfortunately, there were so many issues with delays in the first place that Ottawa's system is under a huge amount of scrutiny. Edmonton's SLRT had switch problems at Century Park when that extension opened. There were some roadbed issues as well. Of course, Edmonton's NLRT has had the signalling issues with Thales. I couldn't believe when I read today about a rail weld crack in Ottawa that was reported that it caused a slow order!! At any given time Edmonton's LRT has 2-3 slow orders, some of which last for months, and it's just... whatever, not a big deal. Just the level of scrutiny in Ottawa is beyond anything I expected. Having said that... I'm really curious if we're going to start seeing that level of scrutiny in Edmonton. We've had the NLRT debacle. The Valley Line Southeast is looking like it will be late. As of Q2 2019 the project was 68% on time, and is due to open in late 2020, so, I'm not holding out much hope it will be on time which with a transit network revamp before the LRT opens, riders are going to have to ride a replacement bus service for longer than intended.
  3. I suspect it will eventually be back. Surely, insurance will fix it. It's still such a new bus. Could be a supply chain issue getting the right parts, or perhaps the bus is even back with Grande West for repair. Not sure if any other Vicinity's have been light poled. If it's still awaiting repair on ETS property though, I could see it being a temporary organ donor? Although there's a surplus of Vicinity's, we'll see what sort of plans there are for the fleet under the network redesign. There could even be a change in Vicinity plans when the Kathleen Andrew's Garage opens. Mitchell seems tight for space, might make sense to move their Vicinity's to Kathleen Andrew's. It's kind of insane that the 580's buses have to run from Ferrier.
  4. The final version is out. https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_plans/transit/bus-network-redesign.aspx And a wicked interactive map. https://platform.remix.com/map/081f7fe?latlng=53.52032,-113.61242,10.355 Completely revamped numbering scheme with: 1-9 covering the frequent transit network 31 on it's own (Riverdale peak hour bus) 51-56 are crosstown routes 100 routes NE, and north of 137 Ave 500 routes SE 700 routes SW 900 routes Central and West Branches exist (ie 4A, 4B, 121, 121A) Expresses have an X designation (ie 120X) and often start off a series or are every 10 numbers (ie 500X, 930X, 940X) Community routes generally blend in with the quadrant numbering, again, except for the 31. Not sure what contracted routes will become (Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Waste Management Centre), the Airport bus, or LRT. Given that 200's and 400's are St. Albert and Strathcona, I could see Contracted services and LRT living somewhere in either the 300, 600, or 800 series range. A temporary route will be in place of the Valley Line LRT although it is not shown on the maps, or even mentioned in council documents. Significant revisions to ETS's policies that guide service development to bring them in line with new thinking, and the new network. I am quite liking what I see at this point. I was recently looking at some work Winnipeg is doing, and I can see a lot of inspiration from what Edmonton is doing in Winnipeg's plans. It sounds like there will be a new bus stop sign design. Apparently to better match international standards, which is odd because when they redesigned the bus stop signs for Horizon 2000 it was to make them easier to understand with the internationally known image for a bus incorporated into them, and ETS has even changed the text on the image from "ETS" to "BUS" in recent years. Regardelss, this is in line with what Edmonton Transit did in 1976 and with Horizon 2000 in 1997 by introducing a new bus stop sign. They also introduced a new livery in 1976 and 1997. While ETS has done the name change, could we see a new livery? Personally, I'm a tad doubtful. I think the time for a new livery might be with the regional transit commission as that progresses. Roll out date is August 30, 2020. This is actually pushed back a bit. Original plans were aiming for July 2020. Council still does need to approve this, and then after that ETS has a hell of a lot of work ahead of them as August 30 will only be 9 months away. Also before council will be alternative transit for areas losing fixed route service that they currently have. The recommendation is on demand 15 passenger vans, contracted out, until a later time that ETS has the facilities (space, new garage) and resources to run the on demand service in house.
  5. One thing I used to spend a lot of money on was slides off of eBay. Years ago you'd pay a couple of bucks. It doesn't take much for a lot slides of anything that's older than early 1980's and Canadian to go for more than $10. ETS slides can easily reach $30+ dollars. I'm guessing what's happening is there is one generation who are getting rid of their collections before it too late, or, it's friends or families members selling off the collections, while the next generation has the spare money to spend on stuff like this. I'm really curious though what happens if the following generation doesn't have the same interest in slides? Ultimately my goal too is to share what I purchase. It might take a while to digitize and actually get the images on line, but, it's happening. I have a few niche interests too that I do search high and low for slides of... Such as: Electric Locomotives Rapid Transit MoW And even just oddball or old transit related stuff I can score at a decent price.
  6. Yep. There's a preserved ELF, Glaval, and the Passport.
  7. ETS maintenance is a part of a large empire that encompasses all city vehicle maintenance except LRT. International's make up a SIGNIFICANT portion of the City fleet so theoretically the knowledge base and parts supply are there. On the the other hand, that might not be availible to the transit side of things. It also could be that it was an issues related to the ElDorado side of the bus, as those 6 were the only ones in the fleet. ETS did choose to preserve one of the Passport HD's over a GM chassis Passport so there is that too.
  8. I was just wondering what ever happened to those. They were low usage, only in the fleet for 5 years, however at the end there were a number of them that had not run for quite some time... there seemed to be reliability issues. ETS seemed to struggle to keep enough running for highway runs, as there were a few of those that were the only highway equipped cutaways so were needed for the 599.
  9. Yep, you could decent stuff back then for a reasonable cost. I scored a TTC Flyer E700A crest for well south of $100. I think it was closer to $50 in fact. And the E700A crest wasn't just the crest... it was the entire metal piece between the headlights, including the smaller vent piece that pops out. Shipping from Toronto to Edmonton was surprisingly reasonable. I can't for the life of me remember how much, but I was able to afford it. This goes back 13-14 years mind you.
  10. Edmonton's under construction Valley Line LRT is calling all passenger loading facilities as stops, including the terminus facilities, except for the elevated Davis Station, for what it's worth.
  11. None in revenue service, one preserved in the historic collection, and a City, non-transit unit might still be running out at the waste management facility.
  12. Would these be part of the batch that had funding from the Alberta Community Transit Fund that was just axed? Wonder how that will work out!
  13. And if you read the article: "The train’s brake pads overheated creating smoke, but no fire, said City of Edmonton spokeswoman Sarah Jackson."
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