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14 minutes ago, Bus_Medic said:

They use that “in solidarity” tripe at the bottom of our correspondence too. Makes me clench my teeth on sight every time.

It's an instant eye roll for me too whenever I see that load of nonsense.  Solidarity with who?  Not me.  Not anybody I work with.  Maybe the crowd up up a floor or down the hall that keeps the local Starbucks in business, but not me.  I went to the Eglinton MSF open house today before starting work.  They were giving out these cute novelty toy hardhats as a souvenir.  Kids loved them.  Anyways, I plopped one down on the hood of my truck and got out the real deal and took a side by side picture of the toy hat next to its real deal big brother and sent that to a couple friends.  Anyone at my workplace that has to wear the thing on the left is not being represented by our union, that's for sure.

Anyways, with respect to the open house, I got there while the band was playing "Sweet Home Alabama" and they were tight and sounded good so I hung outside by the stage for a few songs and saw some foamers grimacing like they were in physical pain during a Van Halen number, which I thought was pretty amusing.  But one of the oddities of it was given the confusing smorgasboard of who does what with the Eglinton Crosstown line, I didn't see anybody from TTC representing operations there.  Bombardier, Metrolinx, Crosslinx were all represented but not TTC as far as I could see.  The open house was quite good and it would probably be difficult to do one similar to that once the line starts up and the facility goes into full day to day operation.

What struck me was that everything, top to bottom, front to back was new.  The Eglinton line carhouse isn't just new itself, absolutely everything in it is new.  I don't think I saw one piece of used equipment relocated from elsewhere.  Unfortunately the machine shop was barricaded off behind the table where someone was explaining their inventory and asset control system but from where I was standing, it looked like none of the machines had ever been used.  I couldn't see any dirt, grease, metal shavings, anything that sticks around no matter how well you try to clean up in a working machine shop.  The whole thing was a unique experience for me.  I've never set foot in a new and unused maintenance facility of any kind before.

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I’ll bet the farm that McNicoll will be in next year’s roster, so you’ll have an (almost) pristine shop to tour. That is if the January handover goes as planned.

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On May 25, 2019 at 9:17 PM, Bus_Medic said:

I’ll bet the farm that McNicoll will be in next year’s roster, so you’ll have an (almost) pristine shop to tour. That is if the January handover goes as planned.

If that's the case, I hope the TTC books the foamer-repelling classic rock tribute band.  In all seriousness, I should do some digging and see if I can find out who they are and if they have a CD.

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I was talking to some officials at the open house last Saturday and they said that the cars will be repainted and that these colours are just temporary. It will be interesting to see what evolves of the whole situation. 

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12 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

I am wondering if they really need a paint booth. 😆 They could just gone with stainless steel exterior like the TRs with the current livery.

Stainless steel as a skinning material doesn't really lend itself to making for easy repairs in the event of an accident.

 

Dan

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7 hours ago, Cityflyer said:

Now that they have 6 Freedoms, will the 7th and onwards be on hold until more tracks are built? How did the contract stated for the delivery of the 7th unit and onwards will be like?

The 7th car is scheduled to be delivered by the end of this week. I believe the vehicle has already left the Kingston plant.

According to a Bombardier representative present at the Open House last Saturday, the schedule calls for the delivery of two vehicles per month starting in July. However, that person did not seem particularly well-informed (or willing to share information), considering that I was given incorrect information when I asked about an unrelated matter. So take this with a grain of salt. What is certain, however, is that a railway spur is being built on site, so the bulk of the fleet will be delivered by rail, not by flatbed truck.

I counted eleven service bays in the heavy maintenance building (not including the special areas, such as wheel lathe station, bogie exchange/inspection station, and paint booth) , and another six in the daily maintenance/cleaning building. There is lots of space in the outside storage tracks as well, certainly much more than needed to store the initial 76-car fleet.  

 

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In the event of a power outage along the line, i.e. similar to what happened back in 03, do the battery powered railcar movers have enough range to travel along the line to pick up dead vehicles and bring them back to the yard?

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18 hours ago, ttc rider said:

What is certain, however, is that a railway spur is being built on site, so the bulk of the fleet will be delivered by rail, not by flatbed truck.

The spur has already been built, and has been connected to the yard trackage. CP will drop off cars, and they will be unloaded by a similar ramp to that used in Kitchener.

 

This does though bear the question - why are they shipping by rail? Considering the costs and steps involved, I find it exceedingly hard to believe that it is price-competitive with shipping by road.

 

18 hours ago, PCC Guy said:

In the event of a power outage along the line, i.e. similar to what happened back in 03, do the battery powered railcar movers have enough range to travel along the line to pick up dead vehicles and bring them back to the yard?

A back-up power facility has been built in concert and adjacent to the maintenance facility which has enough capacity to also provide traction power to the line in the event of a large-scale power outage.

 

Dan

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21 hours ago, smallspy said:

Considering the costs and steps involved, I find it exceedingly hard to believe that it is price-competitive with shipping by road.

Are there that many more steps to load and unload onto a rail car than a trailer?

How many escort vehicles do they need when moving that kind of over-size load by road?

Certainly the shorter the rail trip, the less economical rail would be.

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4 hours ago, nfitz said:

Are there that many more steps to load and unload onto a rail car than a trailer?

How many escort vehicles do they need when moving that kind of over-size load by road?

Certainly the shorter the rail trip, the less economical rail would be.

It's not the steps or anything. It's the fact that the shipment will have to be transferred from CN - who are picking it up from Millhaven - to CP for delivery. That's a $10K charge right there, on top of all of the rest of the mileage, car fees, rigging, etc.

 

Dan

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2 hours ago, smallspy said:

It's not the steps or anything. It's the fact that the shipment will have to be transferred from CN - who are picking it up from Millhaven - to CP for delivery. That's a $10K charge right there, on top of all of the rest of the mileage, car fees, rigging, etc.

 

Dan

Presumably at the time when the Kodak plant was selected, Thunder Bay was going to building the x-town cars because the TTC cars were supposed to be built by then?

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10 minutes ago, dowlingm said:

Presumably at the time when the Kodak plant was selected, Thunder Bay was going to building the x-town cars because the TTC cars were supposed to be built by then?

Presumably then, Bombardier committed to ship by rail. So no cost to Metrolinx to enforce the contract. LOL!

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You could easily get Andersen haulage to float the whole thing in one go for the price of one rail transfer.

Andersen is floating translink’s new cars from Millhaven 4000km to the west coast. That should tell you something right there.

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Looking at youtube videos of transit fans riding the Ion, I can't help but think this should've been the way TTC's 509, 510 and 512 should've operated; with transit priority and making all cars stop when the train approaches the intersection! Stupid City of Toronto!

I hope Line 5 on the surface portion will be operated like the Ion instead of the current 509/510/512.

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