Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Blog

Hey guys,

As some of you may know, I used to maintain a blog on Wordpress, before I ran out of data and accidentally deleted all of my pictures...heh...heh...anyway. After using Blogger for over a year, I have found that Blogger is incredibly hard to use, especially when I sign out of my Google/YouTube account, while Wordpress has a much more user-friendly interface.

My "new" blog will be here, and don't forget to check out my YouTube channel!


Monday, August 22, 2016

East Coast 2016: Montreal Walking Tour, Dorval

We begin near the Notre Dame cathedral in downtown Montreal, where there is a horsedrawn carriage traveling down the street.
This is one of the elaborate designs of buildings in old Montreal.
This was a former citadel (or something)

Near the harbor, this statue was to be found.
Along with this impressive building.
Since we were in Canada, the crossing sign had a red border instead of the Railroad Crossing markers found in the US.
In the harbor there was a big ship that was most likely being loaded.
Some other ships had been turned into floating restaurants.
The boat was massive.

It was named "Venture" and was registered in some country with low licensing fees.
This pleasant little sailboat was also in the port.
I believe this was the main market in Montreal. Certainly fond of grandeur.
This is what looks like a church.
The Port of Montreal operates a railway along with the CN local that serves the line. Sadly, we were not able to see either of those trains while we were there.
Included was a yard schematic showing the switches and stuff.
The STM has a fleet of Novabuses much like this one here.
After the tour, we made our way over to Gare Centrale station to cash in on our free VIA vouchers that took us to Dorval. We actually got some amount of flak from the ticket guy because normally people use AMT, which departs from L'allier station across town. Eventually when he heard that we just wanted to go look at some trains because we were not residents, he gave us our tickets and waved us to the platform. On this platform we have a LRC car with the bridge plate in the underground platform.
Here is the interior of the LRC car! one and only shot of an MR-90...which sucks. I really wanted to take some pics of MR-90s, but I suppose that I should wait until next time.
The locomotive was GMD F40PH-3 6411 posing at Dorval station.
At Dorval we have a gopher that popped out while I was railfanning at Dorval.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

East Coast 2016: Taking the 5 hour Via Rail train to Montreal

Well, VIA decided that they hate us (once more) and stuck us with Budd HEP1 cars, which are old, rattly, and shaky. Oh, and they have seats that make BART look luxurious. More on that later.

This is a VIA GMD F40-3 pulling a rake of HEP1 or II cars. 
 See, this was our hotel view. Ah...I'm going to miss this.
 This was our train, with Budd HEPI cars. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

East Coast 2016: Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum


Today's post is a bit long, considering that I took a lot of photos at the Royal Ontario Museum.

So today we start out with some morning railfanning from our hotel room. This is the flat end of a Union Pearson Express heading towards Pearson Airport.
Here we have a GMD F40PH-3 with some LRC-3 cars pulling out of Union Station presumably heading towards Southwest Ontario.
After that stint, we made our way over a couple of blocks to catch the streetcar. This happens to be one of the cathedrals along the way.
This is St. Andrew's cathedral, complete with photobombing streetcar.

We were aiming to get to St. Lawrence Market to buy that day's breakfast.
Once we finished eating, we saw this weird triangular building.
Then we made our way over to the Toronto Subway, where we caught a Line 1 train to Museum Station. This is St. Andrew's subway station.

This was our Toronto Rocket subway arriving.
After that we made our way to Casa Loma, one of the old castles in the Toronto area.

That is an almost sarcastic amount of forks on the table.

We finished up at Casa Loma and made our way back to the subway, where we saw this...mildly disturbing ad on the door.
This is our train departing Museum Station.
At Museum, the support pillars were made to look like Egyptian sarcophagi.
Incidentally, we were at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Well, I'll let the pictures do the talking, because there are so many!

For some reason this samurai guy has a mustache. No idea why...

Once we were done with the museum, we made our way over to the Green Line, but we had to stop at Saint Andrew's first.
This is a Toronto Rocket leaving St Andrew's station.
This is one of the older T1 cars that are in use on the Green Line. It's very noisy!
We were on the green line so we could make our way over to the Scarborough RT, which is slated for closure.
The Scarborough RT uses linear induction to power the trains, meaning that they levitate off the ground. Its like a maglev, just on rails.
Speaking of which, this is the Scarborough RT arriving at Kennedy Station.
This is the SRT leaving Lawrence East.
This is the SRT arriving at Lawrence East Station

This video shows the SRT on the approach to Kennedy GO Station.
And this is that very same train departing.

For some of the stations, the RT parallels the GO Stouffville line.
The newer cars have the names of the stations painted on the side. For example, this car has McCowan painted on the side, which is the end station.
This is the head of the SRT. Ironically, these trains were designed as driverless trains, but apparently the public wanted a cab...because logic.
Whoever drew this has a very screwed up sense of what "sexy" is.
Here we have our T1 car departing.