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  1. dowlingm

    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    Weight wise ALP-45DP is well up there with MP54AC; if you can remove the transformer without a weight and balance issue then it might go. But it's also part of the wider Traxx family so maybe they could offer something else, if they wanted to keep Siemens out now to have a shot at selling ALP-46...
  2. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    When my wife went to Bishops in the 90s, she and her friends used to drive over the border into Vermont on ice cream runs.
  3. dowlingm

    Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY)

    “Last January, in a move that surprised many, the ORDC sold a five-acre parcel of prime industrial land – belonging to the OBRY line – to the City of Brampton for $24 million.” If he is talking about the lands south of the CN diamond, describing them as “prime industrial” a bit of a stretch, as...
  4. dowlingm

    VIA Rail

    The fact that UK passenger numbers have grown since privatization doesn’t mean that there weren’t disasters along the way, like Railtrack, and franchise failures/hand backs. what did help was the injection of non-state capital, for example the advent of ROSCOs like Porterbrook, who are not...
  5. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There is a secondary plan for the Niagara Falls station area which may be of interest to contributors to this thread https://www.niagararegion.ca/projects/niagara-falls-go-transit/pdf/niagara-falls-secondary-plan-pic2-activity-layouts.pdf
  6. dowlingm

    General railway discussions

    “the railway has lacked stable business from a steady commodity since the 2015 dissolution of the Canadian Wheat Board.” Huh. Wonder who was in government back then.
  7. dowlingm

    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    The reaction of CP Rail to that construction is likely to be quite negative.
  8. dowlingm

    VIA Rail

  9. dowlingm

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    AMA tweeted that there were 3 bike coaches in the consist. One of the things to bear in mind is that additional frequencies to Niagara may depend on Welland Canal slots, and where and when trains can pass east of Hamilton.
  10. dowlingm

    VIA Rail

    The release came out the Friday of a long weekend, was brief, without comment from the person concerned, and had the dreaded “future endeavours”. Whatever happened, it’s unlikely to be good news for VIA
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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)...
  16. dowlingm

    VIA Rail

    Both!
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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
  20. 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/

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