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  1. lenaitch

    General railway discussions

    If I recall the Lac Megantic incident correctly, it wasn't just the hand brakes. The train was parked (at the top of a grade) with the engine running to keep the air brakes pressurized, but their was a fire and the fire crew shut the engine down when they couldn't contact the train crew (or...
  2. lenaitch

    The Climate Change Thread

    Maybe both? What should the federal government do? Hire firefighters, buy fire trucks, planes, helicopters and all the other kit they need, then fly or drive into a province to do what the provinces can't or are unwilling to do? It seems everybody want the federal government to be all things...
  3. lenaitch

    The Climate Change Thread

    Federal involvement in national healthcare is a result of federal-provincial agreements resulting in the Canada Health Act and is essentially a money distribution role and an attempt to maintain standards. Other than areas of federal jurisdiction (FN, military), they are not directly involved...
  4. lenaitch

    LCBO / The Beer Store

    True, but the State (police/courts) are being responsive to the property owner in this case. They are not the only retailer that has a 'no intervention' policy, it's just that their product line is fairly high-value, relatively compact and easy to re-sell. Property crime has always struggled...
  5. lenaitch

    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Yes.
  6. lenaitch

    LCBO / The Beer Store

    No doubt theft will always be an issue in retail, but when you videos of people wandering the aisles with a cart brimming with booze then casually walking out, I don't view that on the same level as somebody slipping the odd item under their coat at Canadian Tire. That booze is more likely...
  7. lenaitch

    LCBO / The Beer Store

    I doubt the motivation for the thefts is the pricing.
  8. lenaitch

    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Seeing as they are targetting an opening this month their business model is clearly independent of the return of the train. Once the train returns, and particularly if they move the bus stop to the station, it will help, but both are still pretty infrequent to keep a business going. As for...
  9. lenaitch

    Bradford Bypass (MTO, Hwy 400 - Hwy 404)

    Because 'Bradford Bypass" sounds much more benign than Hwy 4XX. Every stretch of road the MTO maintains has a number, whether published or not. I suspect it has been assigned since very early in the planning process.
  10. lenaitch

    General railway discussions

    A little overly dramatic but a good piece of history telling.
  11. lenaitch

    Bradford Bypass (MTO, Hwy 400 - Hwy 404)

    Apologies for not reviewing the documentation but is there any indication it will get a published Ontario highway number?
  12. lenaitch

    General railway discussions

    I like the CP 'beaver shield'. With the shading it looked 3D
  13. lenaitch

    First EV garbage truck in Ontario

    Depends on its range. If it can only do half a shift - as Tim observed but we don't know - they might need to essentially double the size of the fleet to fully electrify. At some point, the truck has to go to a transfer station or some offload location. If that is separate from whoever the...
  14. lenaitch

    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Just a thought: contact them and ask. The worst they can do is not answer but if they do answer, any response they give will be whole lot more useful than the speculation on here.
  15. lenaitch

    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    It would be interesting to see how Amazon, Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes and all the others would come together to share such a platform. Here's a though; pick up the damned food yourself or cook at home. Is the outside urban world that an onerous a place now?
  16. lenaitch

    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    Sure. Is it 24" (ish) in diameter? Would a large diameter pipe go to every house or some automated local place (like a community mail box)? Upfront installation costs? Easement laws and costs (it would be in land 'they' don't own)? Sorry, I don't get giggly over every Youtube good idea...
  17. lenaitch

    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Ya, fair enough. When it comes to commercial carrier enforcement, it starts with inadequate training and goes downhill from there. The police have a role but it is primarily at the feet of the MTO.
  18. lenaitch

    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    Installing a network of dedicated pipes wouldn't be expensive or disruptive at all.
  19. lenaitch

    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Daily trains and divided highways. The one thing that struck me when I first saw that video was a bunch of commercial vehicles all bunched up. They're suppose to be 60 meters apart (~200').
  20. lenaitch

    LCBO / The Beer Store

    No doubt. I don't know LCBO's policy but it might well be that, if it were not for the presence of the off duty cop, it might not even have been reported as a crime-in-progress.

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