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Ed T.

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  1. Clearly McNicoll is looking to take the "OMG old hand me down buses argh argh argh" title from Queensway. With 2252, they have a pretty good chance for that.
  2. Why would it mean that? At the moment, there are plenty of spare buses that don't see service. Who knows what the situation will be in a few years, but it's possible that the TTC will simply retire unreliable buses and substitute the underused buses.
  3. Or is it just TTC's policy to replace one streetcar with 1.X buses? That's why some people out on Lake Shore wish for permanent bustitution: instead of a streetcar every ten minutes (or so--very much or so) it's a bus every five or six minutes or so.
  4. This is just random words. GO ALRT was deemed infeasible and that was that. The bastard child of GO ALRT, the ICTS, made the Scarborough RT an orphan line that no one (other than Bombardier lobbyists) want to extend. Since the vast majority of ridership in the GTHA is on the TTC, it makes sense if rapid transit is focused on where the ridership is. You are also conflating regional transit with urban rapid transit. They are not the same thing.
  5. Did the rebuilt 8100 buses retain their red-over-red taillights, or were they switched to the amber-over-red that were originally used on the later 8200s on up?
  6. 7910 on 111 4567 heading into Long Branch loop on 501 I got to keep my eyes open for 1234 and 3456!
  7. 7935 seen on 123C earlier today 7932 on 111 7369 7969 on 110 (no, we did not get extra NFLFs!) And a few more 7900s noticed. Good to see these ghost hand-me-down old-livery sure-to-be-retired-by-2018 buses out and doing their job. There are a lot of newer buses in storage right now, aren't there?
  8. If you checked the link to sammi that you posted, you'd see that they last logged in December 8, 2016. So I would not hold my breath.
  9. This motivated me to look up exactly where La Pocatière is. It's on the south shore of the St Lawrence (river or gulf), maybe 50 or 60 km east (north-east) of Québec. It's a nice sunny 22º there right now.
  10. Back in the Before Times I would see people who chewed on their nails then grabbing a hold of stanchions. I made it a practice to wash my hands with soap and water after I got off the Queen car, or in fact any bus. Also I would try to grasp stanchions where I figure others are less likely to grab them. Or not grab them at all. This goes double these days.
  11. Yeah, if this was early evening, the streetcar would have been a straggler. Of course the Kingston Road lines always run exactly on schedule, but there might have been a wee glitch with this run.
  12. What sense would that make? How long were the New Looks and Vs around, versus the size and likely remaining lifetime of the 7900s? When you are in a hole, it's often best to stop digging.
  13. 3734 spotted westbound on Eglinton by Martin Grove on a 34 (B?) run.
  14. Is there any chance that they might get shuffled to Queensway and put into service?
  15. Chester seemed to be the one station that most resembled the original Bloor-Danforth of 1966. Less traffic meant less wear and tear and fewer modifications. Oh well, progress.
  16. A more sensible (for some value of 'sensible') scheme would be to create two parallel Yonge lines south of Eglinton. The current subway becomes the local line, to Eglinton only, running around to Vaughan/Midland/Wawa. Take the north Yonge part, which already has long stop spacing, and continue it south with stops at Eglinton, St. Clair (maybe?), Bloor, and somewhere by City Hall. Probably run it under Bay St as proposed above. Extra points for using Lower Bay station--that's a foamer dream.
  17. Huh, I wonder if they're counting on global warming? Otherwise, we have a fleet that could behave like the CLRVs in their later days, unable to go out when the polar vortex strikes.
  18. There might be unbalanced directional demand. Everyone from York Region taking the subway south in the morning because they can get a seat. Then taking the GO train back north in the evening, because the northbound subway is crush-loaded by Queen, if not King or Union.
  19. I can understand having poor morale, being pissed off with conditions or your job. I don't have sympathy for those who shoddy work, potentially causing public safety problems, to show their attitude. I've done my share of dumb things while working on my cars, but I'm not exactly a licenced technician being paid for my efforts. (I did spend a lot of time troubleshooting the self-levelling HID system on my car so that it worked properly.)
  20. I would think it's elementary mechanics to install a headlight ride side up. Maybe the producer needs to ship them with a big arrow THIS WAY UP
  21. Are there any OG Orion VIIs left with halogen headlights? Just about every 7900/8000 I've seen have LED headlamps. I took a close look at one, and they are genuine DOT approved, not some knockoffs. However they either have a poor cut-off, or they are installed quite misaligned, to judge by the number of buses that have glaring headlights at night. I assume that there's no way to mis-wire these so that they are on high beam when the beam selector says low beam....
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