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  1. dowlingm

    Toronto | 307 Lake Shore East | 160.18m | 49s | Plaza Partners | BDP Quadrangle

    At a glance it's pretty depressing that 49 stories are to be shoehorned into that context, surrounded as it is by road. One of the diagrams posted up thread indicated a squared off development plot when Parliament is realigned. Am I too cynical to think that the public will end up paying for a...
  2. dowlingm

    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Interesting to read all the proposals to convert L4 - Transit City opted to create a single track terminus per mode at Don Mills rather than take that on. Perhaps a cautionary precedent as to the degree of difficulty to go further and convert? As noted a few posts up, there has been a...
  3. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I wonder how that 40% spreads out over the week. I suspect based on downtown/PATH activity it is nearer 30pc on Mondays and Fridays and 50pc or more on Tuesday-Thursday, because most people that still have hybrid arrangements are starting or ending the week at home.
  4. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    They meet *an* FRA standard but aren‘t built to the same regulatory basis as UPX trains - they likely need a waiver founded on signal/protection enhancements even to run with FRA Tier 1 DMUs such as UPX or RDCs without temporal separation, never mind CPR or GO...
  5. dowlingm

    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I haven’t either but a lot of the ZF installs I have heard of were retrofits of engines with older engine models where the greatest bang for buck was expected, for example, Porterbrook had a pilot to install ZF on class 158 (NTA855 Cummins)...
  6. dowlingm

    VIA Rail

    Both!
  7. dowlingm

    VIA Rail

    If VIA needs coaches couldn’t they borrow from Northland the stock they supposedly have to run Timmins - Toronto real soon now? Seeing the MPP for Peterborough South chide the feds for not reinstating 651, which amounts to a commuter service, while throwing money at sending GO to London… why...
  8. dowlingm

    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    Overhead wires keep streetcars moving rather than stationary while charging. However, it would be helpful to be have enough to be able to run streetcars through a de-energized section (if the swept path is clear) rather than having to divert, or to run streetcars under a low clearance bridge...
  9. dowlingm

    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    Doesn't look to me that 4001 has a panto yet https://urbantoronto.ca/forum/threads/ttc-other-items-catch-all.20264/post-1799997
  10. dowlingm

    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    TTC ran out 4001 to Exhibition Loop recently as part of the promotion of "Turning Red" https://www.blogto.com/film/2022/03/retired-ttc-streetcar-cast-turning-red/
  11. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Sunday 6th, from walking path along the LSE (south side), between the Monarch Park underpass/Rail Garden and Coxwell Avenue, looking north at the aftermath of tree removal operations for the fourth track. Picture location moves east between frames.
  12. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There is an assumption in posts above that Metrolinx need only say "more service" and it will appear. A lot of people are needed to make Metrolinx service go - in track and vehicle maintenance, in dispatching, on-train crew, in Union Station, etc. etc. We are still seeing >1000 cases/day in...
  13. dowlingm

    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Kansas City has "Brushy McBrushface" for light snow/slush clearing
  14. dowlingm

    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    If Steve was a member of the TTC board, he would not be able to share information he learned as a board member where the board voted it to be confidential, and he would have limits (possibly total) on public disagreements with board decisions in which he was the minority. At present the TTC seem...
  15. dowlingm

    General railway discussions

    Is it going to turn out that they weren't delivered on their own wheels because doing coupler or whatever other road necessary bits weren't factory installed was a way of keeping the Canadian/Quebec content number up? EDIT: here's the original photographer flickr:
  16. dowlingm

    Hurontario LRT | Metrolinx

    Operate a city on a "low tax" basis by encouraging rampant transit-hostile sprawl and kick all the costs down the road to future generations?
  17. dowlingm

    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Am I missing something? Is there something about these that means a consist can't just serve intermediate business using conventional wagons, coupled onto one end of these artic wagonsets?
  18. dowlingm

    General railway discussions

    Exo to buy 10 x Chargers to replace 10 ex-GO F59PH, which are now over 30 years old. https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/montreals-exo-orders-charger-locomotives-to-update-fleet/ The capability to run 10-packs, vs 8-packs with the F59s, is specifically mentioned...
  19. dowlingm

    General railway discussions

    A few reactions: 1. Other than “showing the FRA doesn’t boss us around” why is TC using a different name for what it acknowledges to be the same tech 2. Will this be a precondition for non-FRA passenger rolling stock being approved for otherwise unrestricted mainline use? 3. please for the love...
  20. dowlingm

    TTC: Streetcar Network

    Isn’t Victoria going to end up unused for a while if Ontario Line actually happens?

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