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  1. I saw an ALRV pushing a CLRV westbound on Queen, around Parliament, maybe 7:30 AM-ish. I think it was 4221 and 4094.
  2. I missed "operational" bit for 4600 and 4611. Most (all?) of the "awaiting restoration" cars are peacefully rusting away.
  3. I'd be surprised if there was a PCC running at Halton. The only PCC they list as operational is 4000, and as far as I know that comes out only on special occasions. Possibly one of the other rebuilt 4600 cars are running?
  4. Ed T.


    23 also meets two 24 hour TTC routes, 501 Queen and 315 Evans. (I don't know enough about MiWay to comment on other connection points to 24 hour TTC service.)
  5. A Day Pass is definitely the way to go if you are planning on travelling all over the system. A Presto card has the two hour transfer but no daily capping. It's not worth trying to figure out ways to use Presto which work out cheaper than just getting a day pass. Basically you can get on anything and go anywhere, except on a premium fare express (as opposed to the regular 900 series expresses), or on an extra fare route that goes beyond the city limits (except for the 900, that's city fare). There are several points on the system where you can see Flexity and CLRV routes cross each other, for example Queen and Broadview (501 with turning 504), Gerrard and Broadview (506 crossing 504), Queen and Roncesvalles (501/504) and Howard Park and Roncesvalles (506/504). If you like to see streetcars turning from one street to another, Queen/Broadview is good, as are King/Dufferin. If you asked me which one streetcar route you should ride end-to-end, I'd say 506 Carlton. If you asked which two routes, I'd say 506 and 512 St. Clair. Stations, here are some suggestions: To fully appreciate rush hour loading, hang out at Bloor/Yonge, on the upper platforms, in morning rush hour (8 AM) or evening rush hour (5 PM) Only station with mostly original trim from 1954 is the platform level of Eglinton Chester station strikes me as being the closest to what the original Bloor line stations looked like in 1966 Finch station bus terminal is interesting to hang out in rush hours for the sheer busyness; 7:30 AM is good For buses downtown, there's the 6 Bay bus, and 505 Dundas is bustituted so there will be a variety of buses crossing at Dundas and Bay. The premium fare express buses use Richmond and Adelaide in the AM and PM rushes. Then there's the 121 Fort York Esplanade, which is kind of a toonertown trolley.
  6. It all started as a joke about how often 57 MIDLAND has been reassigned recently.
  7. The 110B would also become a HORNER I would think. The history of transit south of The Queensway is an interesting one, with vairous routes taking turns running to Long Branch loop. (Check out 80 QUEENSWAY which once had a branch on Bellman/Valermo!) I don't think the current setup of routes is very good. I'm waiting to see how the Junction rethink turns out before pushing the TTC to do a similar rethink for south Etobicoke.
  8. I can't even imagine how that would work.
  9. I stand corrected, then. (My "140" was kind of a lucky guess, I guess!) This is still kind of odd, because if anything, the Flexity deliveries are going more slowly than expected, while the legacy fleet is being scrapped fairly briskly. Isn't it part of fleet planning to make sure you have places to store all your streetcars? I don't think the fleet plan was to have to bustitute three point five routes due to a streetcar shortage; and if the plan was to have enough streetcars to run all routes, then where were they going to be stored?
  10. Shouldn't Leslie be able to hold all of the 204 Flexities scheduled for delivery? I thought it was designed for that size of fleet. I could be wrong, of course. But with Roncesvalles holding a bunch of Flexities overnight (at least 10 I'd estimate), that would point to Leslie having a capacity of under 140 cars?
  11. I assume the storage problem is with the legacy fleet, with Roncesvalles being rebuilt and Russel full of junkyard cars. So keeping them out and running (those that do run ) solves the problem.
  12. I don't know if it's the quality of the LED headlights or their aim--the lights I've seen are pretty glaring. I had an LED equipped 8000 behind me on the 427, and even half a km back it was by far the brightest set of lights--which it should not have been. This does prompt a technical question: are the LED headlights high/low beam like their halogen counterparts, or low beam only? To delve into this more, on quad-lamp systems such as used by the VIIs, the outer headlights have low and high beam filaments, while the inner headlights are high beam only. Most of the high beam effect comes from the inner high beam only lamps; the high beam filaments in the outer low/high lamps are not particularly strong.
  13. Ed T.

    Ontario Line

    The project is 'good' in that something has to be done. The N-S spine of the Yonge Street subway is grossly overloaded. People can't get on several trains in a row, key interchange stations need crowd control, and it will be difficult if not impossible to significantly upgrade capacity. (Toronto does not have local/express subways, for a start.) In addition, even if capacity upgrades were possible, the Yonge subway is already too big to fail, with chaos and dangerous overcrowding if there's a service interruption of any length in the peak periods. Trying to increase its capacity just makes this worse. For any number of reasons, the TTC in particular didn't want to admit this until fairly recently, so the 'relief line' (as in to relieve Yonge Street) was put off, as being not imminently needed. That has pretty definitively changed in the past couple of years, and the necessity of another N-S line to downtown, east of Yonge Street, has general support. As to the 'Ontario Line', we have no details beyond what would amount to campaign-slogan type hype. The proposed length of the line is greater than the initial first stage build that was proposed before, and that's a good thing in my opinion. Other proposed details are more problematic, but they may get sorted out when actual detailed plans start being drawn up. Or maybe not. So it's too early to say whether this needed project will be done in a better way, or a worse way.
  14. I think fonts are irrelevant, as are wraps or movie appoerances. 4047 was the first car to get resilient, PCC-style wheels. Prior to that, PCCs were put out at nights because the original as-delivered wheels rumbled terribly. Which car was the first to get slider windows, instead of the original Bake Magic non-opening windows? Which car was the first to get single seats on the closed side? Which car(s) had the diagnonal seating in the front section? (Pretty sure that would be the Swiss car(s).) Which car was the first to get LED green advance lights? It's still a long list of trivia.
  15. 4004 seen today in service on Queen with damage at the front corner just ahead of the doors. There are black scrape marks from that damage, all the way to the back. It's looking pretty rough.