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squircle

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  1. I'd like some help identifying a strange sign I've seen in two places on CN's Kingston Sub: one at Dorval Station, and one somewhere around Guildwood (or maybe Oshawa... it was a while ago). It's the same shape and mounted in a similar place as a mile marker, except it's got a blue background with white block capital letters that spell "TEST". I've attached a crude drawing of what it looks like from memory -- I definitely recall the T and E sharing the top bar (the letters should be shaded white but you get the gist ). Has anybody else seen these signs before, or know what they are (were
  2. The Transit app has real-time location/departure information for GO buses:
  3. Yes, it's true; the City of Toronto confirmed it in a letter. However, I don't believe there was any public announcement from Metrolinx.
  4. On both the CN Bala and VIA Smiths Falls and Alexandria subdivisions, I've seen these small subsidiary signals underneath the main signals. They're not very deep, so I'd imagine they're LEDs of some sort. However, I've never actually seen them lit (haven't had the luck to be present when a train has gone by). Does anybody know what these are used for? Here's an album of 4 of them. The first one is from a dual-track section of the CN Bala sub (somewhere around 16th Ave I think), and the next three are from VIA single-track subdivisions.
  5. The USRC is getting a signalling upgrade:
  6. Just passed 2417 in Oakville Yard with Metrolinx paint.
  7. The new train cars will be tested on the Oakville subdivision (Lakeshore West) this Sunday from 0800-1500. (https://twitter.com/UPexpress/status/510513222005587968)
  8. I've parked on Etona Court (south of Judson, east of Islington) near gate 3, haven't had any problems. Just watch out for the fire hydrants, they're set pretty far back from the curb. As for the doors, I've seen them be operated from the upper level A end of the 10th car, back when Mimico platform 1 couldn't accommodate 10 car trains (they just opened them there, CSA closed them). I'm not sure if the cabs have door controls, but there are usually door control panels (like those found in the 5A car) in the cab cars. I don't know if that's always the case, but I'll let somebody more experienced
  9. You don't need a credit card. You can have it set up to come right from your bank account (like I have) for either autoload or requested reload.
  10. One of my friends sent me a picture of 2350 in new livery at Union Station, which I assume means it's refurbished. Could somebody update the wiki?
  11. I've been told the opposite by Presto staff, but I'm not surprised there's a disconnect between the two branches of Metrolinx. FWIW, my default trip is Bronte <-> Union (LSW) and I have no problem using my card for LSE and Milton trips without using override.
  12. I think the graffiti says "KFC".
  13. It appears that part of the Richmond Hill line was closed by CN RTC this morning due to flooding (and the DVP too... what a nightmare). GO said they were running trains from Richmond Hill GO Station via "different routing" due to the closure; in this case, did/would they go across the York/Halton subs to the Weston sub at Halwest, or would they have reversed onto the Newmarket sub north of York University? I guess they'd have to wye the trains afterwards either way, but maybe I'm missing something.
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