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  2. PHrenetic

    What happened to the Talent trains

    Good Day. (2018-12-13......16 hours to go, bid at $10,100.00 EDIT 2018-12-14 : Closed 13:32:51 .... final seems to be $25,200.00 , with HST $3439.80 and Premium $1,260.00 .... Total = $29,899.80 Lots of sniping between 2 bidders in the last 10 minutes with 24 bids; they swapped 62 bids in the last 25 hours. So....... are the Talents gone this time ? We Shall See !
  3. occheetos

    What happened to the Talent trains

    The Talents were put back up for auction recently. https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=97&acctid=6620 As of now the highest bid is $2800.
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  5. Adam

    Stations - Stage 2 Trillium Line

    There has been rail maintenance equipment on the tracks near the level crossing on Lester (By the NRC spur and the airport) for at least two weeks. Since the Trillium line will we extended along these tracks I am presuming it must be for some sort of prep work but it could also be for the NRC. Does anyone know?
  6. The City of Ottawa - Media Relations has shared with media a memo regarding an update on the Prince of Wales Bridge and Ottawa River Line. Source : City of Ottawa https://www.otrainfans.ca/blogs/memo-moose-petition-access-to-city-of-ottawa-submissions
  7. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/high-speed-rail-1.4915058 Seems like the Ford government may in fact find a way to pass on moving ahead with the High-Speed rail project between Toronto and Windsor.
  8. Week of November 18, 2018 New Snapshot blog post on Pimisi Station. New Snapshot blog post on Bayview Station.
  9. PHrenetic

    Stations - Stage 2 Trillium Line

    Good Day. 2 photos of uOttawa station from Mathieu Fleury Twitter feed : EnJoy!
  10. PHrenetic

    Trains During Winter Operation

    Good Day. See my post on 2018 October 20 in the - Adapting with the Climate - thread. several posts and pics discussing this, from the FEDCO updates in early 2018. @ corynv ... yes, absolutely correct. And yes, switches especially HAVE to be kept clear, and so are and will be maintained by heaters, and actual physical maintenance as necessary (picks, shovels, and hot flamers). You can see the effect the heaters have had on a switch in one of the pics. EnJoy!
  11. I have little doubt they will open by end of March, but I'm hopeful for even sooner. Lots of progress made over the past few months, it's really impressive. I guess we can put January 2nd on calendar as the deadline to find out the new RSA date. They have 60 days from the last one of November 2nd to announce a new Revenue Service Availability date. That's a month and a half away. I would expect we would hear something before Christmas, as after that it's just a week away and with holidays and New Year's... doubtful they would announce something in that week period, unless they want to be dramatic due to the holidays.
  12. Shane

    Favorite Stations on the Metro

    I was in Montreal a week ago and enjoyed Snowdon Station. It's quite large and as the entrance is off to one end, you get to walk a bit of a distance to experience the station. The placement of the elevators going from the fare gates to the concourse is also impressive, and is probably very similar to the O-Train downtown stations underground for their length.
  13. corynv

    Trains During Winter Operation

    OC Transpo does have a rail plow/blower for the Confederation line, i remember seeing a tweet about it last winter. And i do believe it'll be a mix of those. Running trains to keep tracks clear (especially during ice storms) and for quick build ups or if they need to stop, and there's build up bring out the rail machine. I know there are parts of the tracks that are heated (like platforms) so i wouldn't be surprised if the switches have heating systems to avoid freezing.
  14. WRXRated

    Trains During Winter Operation

    Was talking with a friend about this a few days ago and I was curious. How do operations continue and maintain consistent service during big snowfalls? Are the rails plowed with a special vehicle or do the trains just run often and keep the train clear? What about the switching systems?
  15. Thanks Shane for the FEDCO report and the video. They are further along than I thought reading from various reports. This is encouraging and March is certainly doable and like others see that as more of a deadline than a target. While we won’t know for sure till RTG reports, am sure the city has performed its own evaluation for Mayor Watson to tweet end of March. By March the system should be up and running.
  16. Erick

    Favorite Stations on the Metro

    As I used to live on the south shore, transferring from line 4 to line 2 all the way to the top was not fun at Berri-de Montigny! I was glad when I started going to McGill Station which I like as it is airy and large and well connected to the underground city. Lionel-Groulx is also a great station for its design and the convenience in transferring from one line to the other.
  17. Me too I was hoping for earlier and thanks Shane for your great work posting pictures and FEDCO reports. I have been in Ottawa too long I believe for the way I read the Mayor's reply is that we will have a date by the end of March... not that it will open by then. But I think that is too pessimistic. At some point they cannot be that incompetent. From the the pictures and various reports from commenters, March sounds reasonable.
  18. I was hoping for sooner but his words do say By The End of March. So could also mean March at the latest. I'm still hoping for earlier. I guess we will have some big news on the date at the FEDCO on Wednesday. 50 hours to go.
  19. Good Day. Ah...Hem....Ah...Hem.....Ah......believe it when we see it !!! EnJoy!
  20. ianm

    Commuter Rail

    The Gatineau West LRT plan is to use the Prince of Wales Bridge to get to Bayview. I'm not sure there is a population base any time in the next 50 years for commuter rail on the Gatineau side. Gatineau is a small city, with a working BRT and a planned LRT (more like a Tramway). The other communities outside Gatineau, for example Chelsea, have a bus system of their own called Des Collines. Their buses are tiny and usually run with very few passengers.
  21. Gatineau is a small city of less than 300,000 people. It didn't make sense to have LRT so 5 years ago, we built the Rapibus. Since 2015, our Liberal MP Greg Fergus has been promoting LRT for Western Gatineau. With the routes that it will take, it appears that it will be a tramway running down the middle of main streets, and not an LRT like the completely grade separated one in Ottawa.
  22. ianm

    Favorite Stations on the Metro

    I like Berri-UQAM. Three lines meet there. The Orange, Green and Yellow.
  23. The November 8, 2018 Construction Update has several interesting details to report. This is all very promising news, and helps to show that things are definitely advancing. Automatic train control and the CBTC systems are key for system certification and acceptance. To read that the trains are now able to run from end to end in Automatic Train Operation is excellent news. Even more, that the track and catenary system are certified for line speed. From the update it would seem like most of the work on the infrastructure is surrounding Tunney's Pasture (landscaping and surrounding finishes), and Parliament / Rideau Stations to a higher degree. I'm still optimistic for a handover before the end of the year, of course we should get a better idea at the FEDCO meeting next Wednesday. Becoming more and more optimistic.
  24. The past couple weekends I have seen maintenance (?) crews walking the line inbetween Hurdman and Lees, surprised how little train testing I have actually seen recently to be honest. Will be going through Hurdman tomorrow around noon, interested to see if there will be any testing or not. -Charie
  25. Prior to November 5, 2018 Miscellaneous updates across site and improvements to forums. Week of November 5, 2018 New Snapshot blog post on uOttawa and Lees Stations. New Snapshot blog post on Hurdman and Tremblay Stations. New Snapshot blog post on St. Laurent Stations. New Snapshot blog post on Parliament and Lyon Stations. New Snapshot blog post on Rideau Station. New Snapshot blog post on Cyrville and Blair Stations.
  26. The city has just shared a memo on the Revenue Service Availability date and associated liquidated damages. You can find it on the site here : https://www.otrainfans.ca/blogs/clarification-on-lrt-revenue-service-availability-and-associated-liquidated-damages Generally, not much is new in the memo other than to confirm that the RSA of November 2nd was missed, as was the earlier May 24, 2018. The city is now in a position to deduct the $1 million in liquidated damages from the next payment to RTG.
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