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Yup! And I was there to see the WHOLE thing take place. :P

Hi all, I'm Sammi, author of the apparently well-known tracker, and this is my first post on the CPTDB. :)

I was out fanning with my friend, and we were heading down Spadina... on 4406. As we go south towards Front Street we hear a loud bang from the back of the car. My friend and I thought it was a derailment, and then the car stopped. We look back and see the wire, along with the end of the trolley pole, dangling from the insulator:

Turns out the end of the pole just snapped off.

We stayed there for a few minutes while the operator sorted it out, and got 4413 to join in to move it out of the way. While they were attempting to couple the two cars, 4406 decided to put up the pantograph! :D I didn't think they would be using them any time soon, but they did in this case.

On our way back, we decided to stop by Queens Quay Loop and saw that the car was still sitting there. Too bad I didn't get a picture.

Welcome to this forum! Car #4406 is back in service today after a one-day break. Obviously this incident wasn't a big deal.

These kinds of incidents are likely to be much more "entertaining" in the future once the switch to pantograph operation is made, because pantographs do snag on the overhead occasionally and - compared to a ripped trolley shoe - the potential for damage to equipment on the roof is much higher if the pantograph snaps off.

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1) is not that bad (because graphite strips are essentially consumables that wear out anyway and need to be replaced regularly), but 2) is a much more serious problem that's harder to fix. So in case of ice on the overhead, both pantographs are raised. Each pantograph acts as its own electrical resistance and as everybody recalls from basic high school physics, two electrical resistances set up in parallel result in an overall resistance that is lower than each of the individual resistances. So the total resistance at the pantograph-overhead interface is reduced compared to the case of having only one pantograph raised. The total contact area between pantograph and catenary is also increased (because both pantographs are simultaneously in contact with the wire). So the chances of either 1) or 2) happening are reduced.

very interesting. Thanks!
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Today at the Easter parade, they bought out five streetcars: Witt 2766, PCC 4500, CLRV 4125, ALRV 4217, and LFLRV 4412. This year, they ran the cars in chronological order as they had a service truck running in front of the Witt.

I have attached pics:

1 Witt 2766.JPG

2 PCC 4500.JPG

3 CLRV 4125.JPG

4 ALRV 4217.JPG

5 LFLRV 4412.JPG

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33 minutes ago, soo8513 said:

4417 was eastbound on Dundas East @ Jarvis - 2:30 PM April 4th --- many yellow-vested persons on board - did not see the destination signs

 

 

It was displaying 501A on the sammdot tracker. No idea what's been up with that car lately.

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8 hours ago, MiWay1137 said:

#4418 has popped up on sammdot in Lake Huron 

Heading north up Parliament just past Gerrard now, according to the feed.

 

Edit - and saw it with my own eyes turning east from Broadview to Queen East around pm.

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2 hours ago, ttc rider said:

Car 4418 entered passenger service for the first time tonight around 7:30 PM on 509 Harbourfront as a change-off for a CLRV (the change-off was done in the loop at Queen's Quay and Spadina).

As the first carhouse guy to have brought 4418 to its change off location, the car was actually changed off on Fleet st. west of Bathurst. She entered service as 509, 6 run in exchange for 4026. 

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Thanks for the details. I did see the car sitting for position in Queen's Quay Loop prior to the change-off after having been driven west on Queen and south on Spadina, which is why I thought the change-off took place in the loop itself, especially since it is a more convenient location than Fleet st/Fleet Loop.

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3 hours ago, ttc rider said:

Car 4418 entered passenger service for the first time tonight around 7:30 PM on 509 Harbourfront as a change-off for a CLRV (the change-off was done in the loop at Queen's Quay and Spadina).

That should be in the Bombardier Flexity Deliveries thread.  This thread is for other streetcar tidbits, not sightings.

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21 hours ago, 38 Highland Creek said:

That should be in the Bombardier Flexity Deliveries thread.  This thread is for other streetcar tidbits, not sightings.

Sorry, I didn't see that topic. But to prevent confusion, I think it's better to change that thread's title to reflect that it deals with commissioning of the new cars as well, not just their delivery.

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Today marks the first day ever with Flexities deployed on all runs on 510 Spadina during daytime operation, so the route is finally 100% converted to low-floor vehicles - more than three months after the official "paper" conversion.

16 of the 17 available new streetcars are in service concurrently today - all except 4413.

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2 minutes ago, ttc rider said:

Today marks the first day ever with Flexities deployed on all runs on 510 Spadina during daytime operation, so the route is finally 100% converted to low-floor vehicles - more than three months after the official "paper" conversion.

16 of the 17 available new streetcars are in service concurrently today - all except 4413.

It seems like 4413 is always the one left out of the party when everybody else is out...

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44 minutes ago, ttc rider said:

Today marks the first day ever with Flexities deployed on all runs on 510 Spadina during daytime operation, so the route is finally 100% converted to low-floor vehicles - more than three months after the official "paper" conversion.

16 of the 17 available new streetcars are in service concurrently today - all except 4413.

It's a Saturday. It would be back to like 10 on Monday.

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