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Ed T.

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  1. 4010 and 4011 seen on Queen. 4049 seen heading W/B at Kingston Road, Not In Service.
  2. Ed T.

    Streetcar News

    Wow. I am surprised that any problems like that remain on the system, forty years after the CLRVs were introduced! I did consider the possibility as my streetcar sat at that stop sign, but it didn't look like there should be any problems. There is obviously plenty of room to allow for proper clearance, and the tracks and concrete didn't look all that old. (Obviously they do age less, not being affected by road traffic.)
  3. Ed T.

    TTC Trolley Coach reminescing

    I was thinking "Avenue Road never had trolley coaches" and then I remembered Nortown. There was often also a sibilant twanging sound from the overhead as they passed by. Thanks! That shows that the Flyers were a bit heavier than the CanCars, though not by much. An original Can Car back in the late '40s would have given the typical passenger car of the day a very good run for its money. I was poking around Transit Toronto yesterday and didn't come across the above, but I did contact James to update some stuff on the Trolley Coach FAQ page.
  4. Ed T.

    PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    If you're just interested in checking your balance, there isn't an obvious procedure for "IF YOU ONLY WANT TO CHECK YOUR BALANCE". I skimmed through the lengthy instructions which talk about inserting a bank card, obviously geared to payments. I have no plans to use one of these machines to add money to my Presto card, so I'm not familiar with their overall operation.
  5. Ed T.

    TTC Trolley Coach reminescing

    Okay, makes sense. I just have heard 'rebodied' thrown around, and wanted to make sure I knew what really happened. Still interested in the weight differences between the Brill/CanCar TCs (which I believe were the main donors) and the Flyer TCs. I'm interested because I'm wondering which may have been lighter, and thus had higher performance.
  6. Ed T.

    PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    I looked at a fare vending machine. It is not at all obvious how to simply check your balance, never mind do it quickly. I decided not to bother trying to figure it out, assuming it's possible at all (without going through the motions of actually inserting a bank card as well). The balance checkers on GO are a model of simplicity and usability in comparison.
  7. Ed T.

    TTC Trolley Coach reminescing

    When the old trolley coaches were rebodied to become the E700 Flyers*, what happened to the weight of the coach? Did it drop or go up? * Was the old frame even kept? Or was it a new body, with the old electrical equipment installed? I'm not sure if the technical details of the 'rebodying' are online somewhere. I imagine Flyer produced an empty rolling chassis, then put in the electrical propulsion and controls from the old coaches.
  8. Ed T.

    TTC Junction Changes

    There were two Info people at Keele station yesterday afternoon, with the usual consultation paraphernalia, like stands with before and after maps, and I guess brochures and other info. I didn't have time to look, but I would presume that it's the new version of the Junction survey and they're taking another crack at it.
  9. Ed T.

    Streetcar News

    What is the purpose of the stop sign at the exit to High Park loop? It has a sign underneath that says something like "Streetcars entering loop have priority". I haven't heard about any possible interference between a westbound car and a car that's turning eastbound at the loop exit. I don't think it's my imagination that streetcar stops along Carlton have been moved back from intersections. For example, instead of being past a shelter at the intersection, they're before the shelter. Is this a new safety initiative? Or do operators find it hard to distinguish pedestrians waiting to cross from people waiting for the streetcar?
  10. That makes sense; the work cars have to be able to operate up to Vaughan if necessary.
  11. Ed T.

    Today's Sightings

    TTC 4034 pushing 4085 west on Lake Shore to Kipling and then back east to at least Humber loop.
  12. Ed T.

    GO Transit

    I don't think it applies to train-train transfers. There's no way to work a bus in to a Danforth-Long Branch trip, as neither service GO buses. Going to Port Credit and doubling back would be a waste. I said the heck with it and just took TTC home, which actually was fine, though obviously a bit longer. What I should have done is paid Presto for the first leg, which was Kipling station to Main and Gerrard. I would have easily been within the two-hour time starting my return trip, and the rest of the trip was all in fare-paid zones so no further taps necessary.
  13. Ed T.

    GO Transit

    I wonder what the logic is in giving such a cheaper fare. Maybe the second leg is done per-km only, adding on to the Danforth-Union fare? One of the possible trips is 17:41, transfer at Union, arrive Long Branch 18:36. My (new) Presto card has no default trip, so I guess I'll give this a shot and see what happens. I'm only losing 15 minutes (the 17:56 out of Danforth is the one I'll catch at Union). Edit: actually, it may just be a glitch. "Transfer credits" apply between GO train and GO bus or between GO buses, but not between trains.
  14. Ed T.

    GO Transit

    I'm looking at a trip from Danforth to Long Branch. The schedule gives single-train trips and two-train trips changing at Union. When I check pricing for the trip, Presto for a 'no transfer' trip is $7.51. However, if I enter Union as a transfer station, the Presto fare drops to $5.29. The cash fare does not change. Is this real or a glitch in the programming? (Oddly, the cash fare does not change whatever crazy transfer station, but Presto goes up.....Sunderland will run me $22.25.) Anyway, this makes me wonder if it's worth tapping off at Union and then tapping back on?
  15. Ed T.

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    I would think that if Lake Shore remains as a separate "branch" of 501, it would make sense to leave some CLRVs at Roncesvalles to provide the base service. The ALRV trippers could be out of Russel.
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