after my trip to
it didn’t quite happen. Bill was picking up the Maple Leaf in
I got to
Finch subway station at I
was planning on taking a bus to
bought my ticket, I walked outside and photographed some streetcars on
After photographing a few streetcars, I walked back to the bus terminal. I saw the bus I would be riding on pull up. I photographed it.
lined up for boarding. Boarding commenced a few minutes later. The bus left
three minutes late. As we drove down
was fairly heavy, but soon, we were clear of it. A little while later, we were
We soon left
St. Catherines and a little while later we were back on the highway. We were
I then walked back to the train station. I called Julie who said train 63 was over two hours late. I sighed which Julie tried to interpret! I then called home. I bought a bottle of Pepsi from a vending machine in the station.
While I was waiting for the train, I saw a Niagara Transit Orion 7 pull up that was still wrapped for Christmas. On the rear where the red brake light is a picture of Rudolph with his nose represented by the round brake light! I didn’t photograph the bus though.
Leaf then arrived about 15 minutes later led by P42 #24. As it arrived, I
filmed it pulling into the station. Just like my last trip, it had a P42, an
Amfleet 1 coach, three Amfleet 2 coaches, and a café/business class car. I saw
Bill in Amfleet 2 coach #25065. I also noticed coach 25040, the same coach
whose door was open when I rode the Maple Leaf to
I then photographed each of the train’s coaches.
I decided not to hang around 25065 while Canadian customs did their thing as I didn’t want to distract Bill and get him in trouble with Customs, so I walked the train a few times. I heard there were 62 passengers on board. While I was waiting, I talked with a VIA employee and a couple other people on the platform.
that one passenger was going to be denied entry into
At one point, one of the customs agents exited the train. I asked her if the yelling I heard was coming from the train. She paused, but said “no.”
passenger who was denied entry as well as one disembarking passenger got off
the train. The VIA crew then got on. I asked if I could get on the train as
well, and was told I could I boarded the same coach Bill was in which is a
refurbished coach. I showed him the photos I took on my
I found out why the Maple Leaf was late. Outside of Rochester, a freight train had derailed at least three cars so the train had to stop for awhile before it could get by. It could have been worse though.
Leaf departed just over an hour late. Shortly after my ticket was taken, I went
to the café car for dinner. Bill and I talked about trains. The portion of the
Maple Leaf between Buffalo-Depew to
if the Maple Leaf goes near the
Bill brought out some of his Canadian money including a $2.00 bill which hasn’t been in circulation since 1996 when the Toonie was introduced. I lent him $10 for a TTC day pass. At one point a westbound GO train passed us pushed by an MP40.
Leaf arrived into
I then walked over and photographed the Maple Leaf.
I then went
downstairs and showed Bill where to go to the subway. He bought a day pass and
picked up two maps. We then rode an H-5 train to
got off at
A little while later, we headed out. We boarded CLRV 4035 and rode to Broadview station. I told Bill a bit about the TTC’s streetcar and subway fleet. At Broadview station, I took a photo of 4035.
We then went downstairs to ride an eastbound subway train. I was hoping to ride an H-4, but a T-1 pulled in. We got on. I told Bill that the DART light rail cars sound just like the T-1s. I also told Bill a brief history of the eastern half of the Bloor-Danforth subway.
As we approached Warden Station, I saw an H-4 pulling out. Bill said that he was happy to at least see an H-4.
Here’s a H-4 subway train seen at Warden back in early October.
I told Bill that the section of subway between Warden and Kennedy is the longest stretch of line between stations. We soon arrived into Kennedy where we got off and had a brief chat with the operator of our train. We then went upstairs to ride the Scarborough RT. There was already a train in the station and I photographed it before Bill and I got on.
When the Scarborough RT was built, the TTC was originally planning on running CLRVs on the line, but the government stepped in and made them buy the Mark 1 trains which they currently use. As a result, the line had to undergo major changes. Once such change the TTC made was the elimination of the loop at Kennedy station. The loop was tight and resulted in one minor derailment. The TTC made the Kennedy station a single track station afterwards. However, I did ride around the loop when I was young.
The Mark 1
cars are used on the Skytrain in
The Scarborough RT has proven very popular to the point it’s beyond capacity and as a result, the TTC has run express buses to try to capture the excess riders. The line’s future may be in doubt as the cars are to reach 30 years old in 2015 and need replacing. If the TTC was to buy Mark 2 cars which are used on the Skytrain, they’d have to rebuild the approach to Kennedy station as the Mark 2s can’t make the tight turn just before the station.
Bill and I rode the line in its length and then rode one station back to Scarborough Centre. There, I filmed the train pulling out. We then went downstairs to wait for a bus that would take us to the Don Mills station on the Sheppard subway.
commented that the TTC has pretty good ridership compared to other systems he’s
been on such as MARTA in
We got on Orion 7 Hybrid bus #1127 on route 190 and rode to Don Mills. I told Bill a little bit about buses. By now it was snowing pretty hard, so the bus was driving slower than usual. We passed underneath the main CP line and a CP intermodel train was passing overhead. We passed Orion 7 hybrid #1109 which was broken down.
We soon arrived at Don Mills. When I got off, I photographed the bus.
We then went downstairs and boarded a T-1 train on the Sheppard Line. The Sheppard Line uses four car trains while the Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth lines use six car trains.
I told Bill that in 2007, the TTC was facing a budget crunch and was considering axing the Sheppard line as well as other routes because it wasn’t carrying as many people as anticipated. Fortunately, the TTC got some funding which spared routes from being cut.
We arrived at Sheppard/Yonge station where we went downstairs to pick up a northbound Yonge-University-Spadina train to Finch. While waiting, I saw a subway train operate on the stretch of track connecting the Yonge line to the Sheppard line.
Two southbound trains arrived before our northbound train arrived. We rode two stops to Finch. This is where we parted ways. I told Bill I would see him in two weeks. I then headed upstairs and caught a VIVA bus home.
have liked that Bill and I had a full day in
I don’t usually write trip reports when I go transit riding within GO Transit territory, but this is an exception.
trip will be in two weeks when I head to