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  1. Anyone create their own transit system?

    From Ai'a'ivean Thoroughbred/Solofanua Ai'a'ivea (ATSA), a division of Norfolk Southern, December 12th, 2030: The Stallion Turns 18! With the main "Spine"* we purchased from Ai'a'ivea Railways back in 2012 being non-electrified, and with our obligations to provide commuter service on it, we needed a scalable solution. Before we even purchased the spine, we decided that electrification was not currently in our best interests. For our freight, this is no problem, as most of our initial "horsepower" was shipped over from the United States of America. But what about passenger trains? While we did inherit some Ai'a'ivea coaches, mostly hand-me-downs from various commuter agencies, it wouldn't work forever. We ended up buying a modified version of Alstom's Comet VI. These are called "Stallions," and come in three variations, being double-ended (can be run singly if needed), single-ended, and cabless (must have at least one single-ended or double-ended car attached, current practice is to have at minimum one single-ended at either end). So on SaraLink** services from Floral Crescent, and Logan Street Station, you can find these work-horses, carrying people to and from home, work, school, shopping, events, friends, family, and everything else. They are equipped for both high and low level stations. They can hold between 100 and 130 people, depending on the configuration, and if there is a restroom or not (we try to have at least one restroom per two cars). The engines of each car are rated 500 HORSEpower. ATSA Stallions are numbered 600-777. Did you know that a handful of them have cafes at one end? And that there are two that are completely first class and twenty that have a small first class section? Did you know that Ai'a'ivea Railways has twenty of these cars as well? FarmRail also has them. So does AOS, they have a total of eight modified Stallions used for maintenance of way on certain outdoor sections. So, as we wish you happy holidays to you and yours, let us be thankful for the Stallion, one of the workhorses of ATSA! *The main routes that were originally built going into Nu'u-Sara were called the Spines, and were owned by Ai'a'ivea Railways, but they were mostly sold to different railroads who bought them, and expanded from there. **SaraLink is NOT a company. It's a brand name for Nu'u-Sara area commuter train services (other than AOS (Aga-O-Sara, the subway system, even though it's built to mainline standards), anything owned by LePasi, streetcars, the Airport and Starport expresses, and "closed systems" such as the Aveolela Beach Line, the Medical Line, and the Catterpillar) Various railways own SaraLink branded trains, and participate in a common ticketing and pass scheme, and get tax incentives and other benefits)
  2. Transit Related Dreams

    This dream was long ago, but been thinking about it today for some reason, so....this weird dream from 2007 had, among other things, continous rain, one of my best friends getting shot (sadly she actually died in 2016, but no firearms were involved) and most importantly for this thread......self-propelled Comet cars. They were AMT 700s (Comet IIs), EXCEPT that they had diesel engines, and thus didn't need a loco. I remember riding one, and for some reason, a blues riff was playing. I since ran with the idea, came up with the "Stallion" DMU, in my made-up network. Why the name? Because said self-propelled comets are owned by ATSA....which is a local division of NS, the "Thoroughbred" railway, they get tax breaks and other benefits for running commuter service on their lines in Nu'u-Sara. I may do some info on this piece of rolling stock in the relevant thread. Just because of a dream!
  3. Anyone create their own transit system?

    This day in history, November 11th, 2017, Nu'u-Sara.... The first time that the 11th of November was honored by transit agencies in the greater Nu'u-Sara area. LePasi, Meadowlands Country and Kiribus buses and streetcars and AOS subway trains were free to members of the Matriarch's Ai'a'ivean Armed Forces, and any veterans thereof (admittedly, not yet that many, because Ai'a'ivea was a young country), as well as serving people and veterans of allied countries who had bases in Ai'a'ivea (e.g. the Canadian Armed Forces, the US Armed Forces). Select trains from various train-operating companies ALSO offered this. Ai'a'iveaa Railways also had a "Brightliner" trainset (the same type used for the All Aboard Florida service) given a special livery with a field of poppies. At 11AM, all vehicle and trains stopped (and pulled over, if need be) for a minute of silence (this was delayed slightly in cases where the train had to get to a "better location" to do said stopping). Since then, the free rides to salute those who serve and the 11AM stop for Poppy Day (known by names such as Veterans, Remembrance, and Armistice day in other places, even in other parts of Ai'a'ivea) have been an annual tradition. At 11:30AM, that year and since, there's be a parade, that would always pass through Victory Station, as well as Nuevas Angeles Union, and Dorothy Street station, between the palace, and the main military cemetery, north of the "Carpet of a Million Flowers" park.
  4. Anyone create their own transit system?

    @CanadianTransitTycoon Just saw this, it's cool. So, I'm curious, what types of barriers are used? By "turnstile"...are they all the familiar "tripod" type turnstile? Or are there a few types? Do they have different type for unstaffed exits? (Montreal used to, but now it's all tripods....except for certain accessible gates that have those red things that move out of the way, like in Singapore) In the case of Nu'u-Sara, the type might vary, including tripod, London UTS style (large pads that swing open), Japan-style (smaller pads), Singapore style (those red things that move out of the way), Boston style (gates that slide to the side), Toronto-style (those distinct horizontal turnstiles you only see there), Rotogate (Chicago term for High Entry/Exit Turnstile, Nu'u-Sara usually has them at unstaffed entrances), and full-height sliding door AKA Elevator Style (also used at unstaffed entrance/exits). Does SMRT require you to keep your ticket/card? It is the case in Nu'u-Sara's AOS (subway) and commuter train networks, due to the zonal nature (exits that have no gates, or have the gates open for some reason, require you to "Touch in and touch out" if using a stored-value "Octomatic". Besides the screen and voice clips, is there anything else that happens either when one may pass or one may not pass? There's various colored lights....here's what I previously said...several years ago. A relevant message does appear on the display, besides the "Enter" or "Exit" or "Seek Assistance", remaining fare (if applicable) or warning about it being a "wrong" ticket will appear. So what does PMSM mean? @PCC Guy What does an "X" route mean? @Around the Horn Nice design!
  5. Transit Related Dreams

    I had a dream a few nights ago....I was at Mont-Royal station on the RTM Deux-Montagnes line. (Mount Royal Station, looking North) But then a train came....in the wrong direction. And it was a type that's not supposed to exist any more. A 50's era CN EMU. (I think they were called something like EP-52) (For the record, I never rode one of those) And as it was coming, a late friend of mine (sadly, she's no longer with us, and as she was a musician and was lost last year, I'll call her a victim of 2016, much like Bowie or Prince) came rushing onto the platform. (Katherine Anne Peacock) She got there in time so we could both board the train. Sadly the dream ended before I got to see what was inside (Which would have been inaccurate, as I had no idea what the interior was like. I get the impression that it was an EMU-version of CCF's "800s" that were used by CP, MUCTC/STCUM, and the AMT on the Lakeshore Line until they got the BiLevels, but as they were owned by a different railway, they wouldn't have a similar appearance on the inside.) (built by CCF, just like the EP-52s. They were originally steam heated, and originally had restrooms.)
  6. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Thanks. Well, looking at the map...the place where the tracks "go around" something...is there a park or river there or something? Also, the streetcars, are they street-running, on their own ROW, or a mix of the two? What kind of rolling stock is used?
  7. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Nice map there. What does AMA mean? I get the impression from part of it, but not another part....that they originally used single-ended streetcars (like is still the case in Toronto) but switched later to double-ended (meaning they don't have to have loops for direction changing), am I right? *curious*
  8. Anyone create their own transit system?

    @buizel10 May I ask how that is done? Are there stops long enough for two or three of them? To speed things up, are passengers required to buy a ticket first and then subject to random inspection on the bus? ------------------------------------------------- And now it's time for another station guide.......... Name: Chanterelle Location: 1984 Rue Boucher/Boucher Street, secondary exit located at Ruelle Coline des Champgnions/Mushroom Hill Lane, and two are also located on Chemin de Valotte/Valotte Road. In the Borough of Valotte, Nu'u-Sara, Royal Capital Territory, Ai'a'ivea. Origin of Name: Named after Pierrette "Chanterelle" Boucher, Children's entertainer from the 70's and 80's, Quebec. Operator: AOS Rail Service: The Aga-O-Sara Teuila line. A handful of Max line trains divert onto the Teuila line just south of here during rush hour. Additionally, one daily Ai'a'ivea Rail train passes through here (northbound in the evening, southbound in the morning), as well as two Sara Northwestern trains. Type: Underground Staff: AOS ticket agents and gate staff. Gates: Boucher entrance has "London Style" gates. Mushroom Hill Lane has "Tripod" style turnstiles for most gates, but "Singapore" style barriers for the gate closest to the ticket counter. The path to the two Valotte Road has full-height sliding doors, as well as a manual door for heavy loads/disabled. This exit is normally unstaffed (except at rush hour), and there is a courtesy phone for problems. Fare Zone: 4-VLT/5-VLT (one may buy a ticket for either zone and just be charged a one zone fare) Transfers: LePasi buses, as well as the U2 bus line (buses owned and route set by UPA, staff supplied by LePasi), and streetcar line on Mushroom Hill Lane. Stores and Services: Restrooms, children's play area, LeLulu convenience store by Mushroom hill Lane entrance, Dairy Queen, La Belle Province restaurant, small bakery just called "Le Patisserie Dan L'Aga", small electronics store by one of the Valotte exits. General Layout: This station is generally underground. The Boucher entrance is unusual in that one goes UP from the entrance, but is still underground. A passage goes from there directly to the Northbound platform. A bridge goes over this to a concourse area, with a connection to the "Jardin de Pierrot", the only underground children's playground owned by the AOS (but there are ceiling windows to let in natural light). The concourse runs along a wall, running parallel to the track, and "continuing" past the end of the platforms. From the concourse is also access up to the LeLulu and the Mushroom Hill entrance, as well as passages to the Southbound platform, and to the Valotte Road exits. Art: No shortage of this here! Two large statues of "Chanterelle", one dressed as a clown, the other in a dress, stand by the tunnels at either end. The faces are set up to realistically "speak" when certain things are said. The playground area is brightly decorated. Motifs of clouds are throughout the station. Originally there were fog generators for the platform level to create an effect of going through "clouds", but this didn't last longer than a week, due to concerns about driver visibility. Hot air balloons are "parked" at top and bottom of Mushroom Hill route to exit. Pinwheels mounted on the walls will "spin" when a train comes or goes. Realistic looking but fake animals and birds are found throughout the station. There are plants kept at the Mushroom hill entrance. There are also lots of mushrooms in the passages around there (surprise, surprise!) Bright colors are de rigeur throughout the station! Past the northern end of the platforms, there is a running river on one side, separated by a fence, that ends with a waterfall from above, where the concourse ends and the "real tunnels" are. Escalators: Two Travolators connect Boucher street entrance to "track level." Two Escalators connect from concourse to Mushroom Hill exit hall, and from there to street level. One of the Valotte exits has an additional escalator (up only.) Elevators: Only one, connecting Southbound platform to the concourse. Tracks: Two of them, electrified to 4-rail AOS standard, at 900 volts DC. The tracks and thus the platforms do have a slight curve. In a break from usual procedure, the same voice, Chanterelle's, reminds people in English, Ai'a'ivean and French to "Mind the Gap" when a train is in the station (Normally it is a different voice for each language, trying to alternate in gender if possible). Her voice is also used for the French version of on-train announcements on the Teuila line when in the borough of Valotte (through the rest of the line it is mostly just Ai'a'ivean and English, except for the brief stretch in Ovia where Portuguese and Naomian are added) It's something of a tradition that all kinds of people from all corners of the Earth have had stations named for them in Nu'u-Sara. Chanterelle is no exception, although there was some criticism, suggesting that Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine, or perhaps Robert Bourassa or Rene Levesque, or even Celine Dion, should have a station named after if any Quebecers need to have stations named for them in Nu'u-Sara. But the name was never changed. Proposals existed for a funicular that would be inspired by hot air balloons, to connect further up on Mushroom Hill, but this idea was axed. A rather large inverted carousel was supposed to hang over the tracks at the southern end, but the art company that was commissioned to install it had problems with its other installations being unsafe. The artwork and other stuff allude to many children's shows, such as Jardin de Pierrot, Pays de Chanterelle, and Entre Deux Nuages. One of the passages has a faux street sign that refers to "Chanterelle & Colline des Champignons/Chanterelle & Mushroom Hill", which was actually considered as a station name, but rejected for being a mouthfull. "Pierette-Boucher" was also proposed, but rejected.
  9. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Makes sense. Nu'u-Sara's had some stations that could get overcrowded. Among the worst was the now closed Femito station, sometimes called "Finito", and sometimes called by some pretty colorful nicknames, and yes, it has been compared to the Devil's Abode. Including a nickname "Casa De Diablo" (the region it's in, the Borough of Nuevas Angeles, has a significant Hispanophone population) However, when it crossed the line from being annoying to having a dead schoolgirl to its name (she was pushed off in the intense crowds, received 900 volts for her troubles, and then run over by an EMU), the station was ordered closed. It did briefly reopen a couple of times, but the Matriarch's Railway Agency (MRA) ordered that the island platform in the middle could never again be used for trains as it stood. Had it been owned by AOS, they may have considered platform edge doors (currently mostly found on the Katherine Bakersfield line, which uses a dedicated pool of stock due to reduced tunnel clearance prompted by local geology) But it was not. The station was, and the four train tracks and the "commuter trains" going through still are, owned by UPA (Union Pacific Ai'a'ivea). The island platform between the two "express" tracks is now fenced off and used for storage, whereas the rest of the former station is now a nightclub, but leased by UPA. Victory Station can also get awfully crowded, especially during rush hour, but it has way more space to deal with it. The worst place for buses was on Las Espirales, also in Nuevas Angeles, but rerouting certain routes, and segregating stops, eased the crowds a bit. The "bus station" was the biggest and busiest transport infrastructure to not have anything rail-related attached (although with the Anne Frank Express recently opening its terminus there, that distinction has been lost) The most crowded bus route nowadays (and spots for catching it) go to the 98 and its night-time sister P98, which run on Lee Kuan Yew Boulevard in Dragon City, and the M16 (which because of both its name and the stops being spaced closely enough to be quite "rapid" has led to the nickname "Rapid-Fire") which runs from the Southern Meadowlands all the way to Lima Island (the ME16, the express version, is the route to take if you don't need a local stop) A recently installed reserved lane has eased things slightly. The 24 streetcar route, on Desire street, is one of the most crowded streetcar routes.
  10. Anyone create their own transit system?

    May I ask why? -------------------------------------- From the Archives, July 29th, 2016: Aga O Sara: The New Trains! You may have noticed more R301F trains circulating along our routes. That is because we are taking more trains in. They are also circulating on certain other compatible trackage NOT owned by the Aga O' Sara. All of them give a comfortable ride, and all are powered by 900 volts. More than 60 "units" of 4 cars each have arrived, and over 20 are currently in use (the remaining just have to be "broken in" first.)
  11. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Any lines or services have interesting nicknames? I'll give some examples.... AOS Teuila Line = Nicknamed the "Kiddie Line", "Children's Line", "Tamaiti Line" and even "Ligne d'Enfance"..... there are many child and family-friendly attractions easily accesible from stations on this line, hence the nickname. The last one is because it goes into the Borough of Vallote, where French is a local language. LePasi Diamond Line = The Little Portugal Line (goes into the borough of Sintra, and has a couple of stops in Ovia, both known for their Lusophone populations. In fact there were no less than three petitions to have the line formally renamed), Wrong Company line (due to its weird history, including at one time it was supposed to be a streetcar line, ended up owned by LePasi, although the drivers are technically "borrowed" from AOS), Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (a bit obvious) LePasi Ruby Line = Chorizo and Falafel, as one end is in Sintra, see above, and the other in Phoenicia/Kanana, with a notable Lebanese population. Motu Talo ma Georgetown MagLev = The Catterpillar. Because the special trains used on this line resemble just that. East Side Yoyo = The Big Oops, as it was intended to connect to what was at the time an important place in Eastern Nuevas Angeles, but the place rapidly degenerated, the promised economic boom there never happened, and the place became infamous for its crime. Also one of several lines that have been called the Misery Line at one time or another. Moli Line = Granny's Line (Moli Nuanua, after who this line is named, was a grandmother), Confused, Intercity Subway - These last names are outdated. When the Moli Line opened, a good stretch of it was owned by Ai'a'ivea Railways. The stations were all owned by them, and staffed by them. But other than a couple of early morning and late night commuter trains (that were eventually dropped), it was only AOS trains stopping at the station, despite the stations themselves saying AR. This was eventually fixed. LePasi's 747 bus = Plane Crowded, Plane Crazy, Airport Bus, Airport Fuss. It connects the Lala airport to a couple of the "downtowns" of Nu'u-Sara.
  12. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Nice. What kind are they? In Nu'u-Sara, many bus stops and streetcar stops have countdown timers, usually listening the next four buses/streetcars, or in some stops, it's the listed next time for each route, typically monochrome LED. At many AOS (subway) and train stations, you have bus countdown clocks next to the exits, so that one knows what buses are coming next) AOS used to use London Underground style monochrome countdown timers, typically for the next three trains for each platform. Depending on the station, though, this is replaced. Either with a multi-color display, that gives the symbol for the line (sometimes a track/platform is shared by multiple lines/services) and even the operator (ditto), as well as, if applicable, the name (some named services and trains do run on AOS tracks for part of the way! You can catch the twice daily Snake and Dragon on the Dragon Branch of the Lara Line, for example) The stops at the Transit Museum and the International Railway Museum have all kinds of historic timers/indicators.
  13. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Are they those time remaining things for the next train/streetcar/bus at a station/stop?
  14. Anyone create their own transit system?

    I corrected the post accordingly, thank you.
  15. Anyone create their own transit system?

    From the Archives, July 21st, 2016: Aga O Sara: The Future is NOW! Noticed any new trains lately on your daily commute? While we previously had demonstrator units, there is now a new train of 8 cars. Previously it was in testing, but as of today, it's ready for people to ride it. There are a total of eight cars. Each pair of cars has a different layout, we're calling these A, B, C, and D. This train will be running on several different routes, including the Dwayne Wayne, Lara, Vi'o/Circle, and Kulia lines. You could win a Golden Octopus pass, valid for a year, just take a picture of the new train. Please remember that flash photography is not to be used in indoor or underground stations, nor inside a train, please, and tripods are prohibited as they can get in the way of people trying to get on or off or just move about. Submit all entries to R301Contest@aos.masiofo.ai This new train is referred to as a R-301F.( @buizel10's idea), a variant of the R-301 modified to run on the 900 volt, 4-rail system used by Aga O Sara and many other railways in the region. This is sometimes called the Yerkes system, and keep in mind both the "center" and "outside" rails are energized, just at different voltages and polarities, so if you're not an AOS technical employee, and there isn't an evacuation, you should NOT be on the track (the outside rail is 600 volts, positive, the middle rail is 300 volts, negative.) On Sundays, this train will make a trip to Grand Bend and then spend the day working for the new FarmRail in the Meadowlands, as a preview, as they too have purchased this kind of train. So keep a look out for our new train. The first Aga train not to be "second hand." Enderbury Electrics: Check out our new train. Enderbury Island is known for a few things. It technically belongs to the Republic of Kiribati, but for all practical purposes it's part of Ai'a'ivea, and its transit is integrated with Nu'u-Sara. They also have an electric train line, known for having relatively short platforms. As of today, they have a new train. The first of 5, they will have a new paintscheme, and its drivers will be the first to wear a new uniform. They are the same standard as that being used by AOS. Enderbury Electrics: Enderbury's trains. The R-301F went on to become the first of many new trains that let Nu'u-Sara shed its image of being a dumping ground for North American EMUs, to being a place with a very vast and useful rail network.
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