Wayside Observer Posted July 11, 2021 Report Share Posted July 11, 2021 On 7/10/2021 at 12:24 PM, 81-717 said: Agreed, I especially love the screaming of the H5 motors on that stretch of the line, but it was certainly interesting to see how the H6 motors sound in comparison. Unfortunately that video seems to have been taken down (or privated), it was nowhere to be found last time I checked. Hopefully the author will eventually repost it (there have been cases of youtubers taking down videos & even their accounts, only to later create a new account & reupload their videos). Unpopular opinion, I know: I like the 5s and 6s way more, for the reason @York Transit and I mentioned above. You know, it's probably actually the popular opinion. The H5 and 6 cars at speed had an impressive sound for sure. The other side of it is the demographic. The H5 and H6 retirements weren't that long ago but the unfortunate truth is 30+ years on, it's a declining number of people who remember the Gloucester cars. I'm going to have to ask one of my friends for his opinion out of curiosity to see what the consensus is on this, but I suspect the range of people who liked the Gloucesters might be more narrow than I first thought. The subway system in Toronto has never attracted the interest that subways in other cities have. Pretty much all the old school guys who were Peter Witt and pre-TTC car fans hated, I mean absolutely hated, the things with a passion because of what they represented in terms of what the subway opening did to the streetcar system with lines being abandoned and a lot of the old equipment being retired. Much of the subway system built after the original Yonge line opened also replaced a well established streetcar system which had its fans who were understandably indifferent or not thrilled by it being cut back and abandoned by the subway. What I really think for Gloucester fans, it came down to a range in time for people who too young to be upset by the subway system causing mass streetcar abandonments but old enough to enjoy them before they were retired in 1990. In the grand scheme of things, that's a pretty small piece of the pie and it ended 30+ years ago and counting. The speed run from Finch to Sheppard has always been the place to experience a subway train stretching its legs. An 8 car train of Gloucesters with all the windows open barrelling down the line from Finch to Sheppard uninterrupted by North York Centre with the long screaming brake application at the end was something special. 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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