Saturday, May 28, 2016

Leslie Barns

In previous years, the Toronto Transit Commission has opened the doors to one of its several maintenance yards, such as Greenwood Yards, Russell Carhouse and Hillcrest Shops .

This year, as part of Doors Open, the TTC's brand new Leslie Barns were opened to the public to show where (eventually) 123 new Bombardier Flexity streetcars will be housed. By now, there should have been over 70 plying Toronto's streets. Production delays with the builder Bombardier has meant that only 20 are in the Commission's possession. One of these is being used for training purposes (4401), while the newest arrivals, cars 4420 and 4421 are undergoing testing. After several years of disrupting the neighbourhood surrounding the Barns, it gave the community an insight into what the source of their headaches and hopefully a source of pride for the entire city. That is if Bombardier manages to finally deliver the entire fleet.

Photos taken near Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East in Toronto, Ontario on May 28, 2016.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Highway 6 Rocket

On Highway 6, just south of Highway 401, sits a farm called Wagyu World, which breeds cattle with the intent to ship to the lucrative Japanese Wagyu beef market. The sounds (and smells) of the ranch are complemented by a highly unusual sight for a rural Ontario farm, an old TTC PCC streetcar. This particular vehicle has been stripped of not only its motorized parts, but also any markings aside from the TTC's distinct cream and red livery.

On the fence along the driveway to the farm is a hand-painted sign which read "You take picture, I charge $100".

Suffice to say, I did not pay.

Photos taken along Highway 6 in Puslinch, Ontario on April 16, 2016.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Aga Khan Museum


Photos taken on Wynford Drive on October 14, 2015.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Super Burger PCC

About 75 minutes northwest of Toronto is the hamlet of Primrose. Now, it's nothing really, just the name for the eastern junction of Highways 10 and 89, but it's close to the town of Shelburne, approximately 5 km west. The "roadside attraction" of Primrose is a retired, decaying PCC streetcar which was sold for scrap in 1990 to James Nicolau, owner of Super Burger, one of two competing burger joints at the Primrose intersection.

For 25 years, the car has entertained folks headed to and from the Grey-Bruce cottage area (as well as the occasional transit nerd) looking for a decent burger with a side of nostalgia. However, car 4346's days are numbered. The owner is planning on constructing a new restaurant and his plans call for the removal of the PCC in order to make room for the new building. Removal is scheduled for sometime in September 2015, after which he'll have to compete with across-the-street rival Champ Burger solely on product quality and service, both of which were quite good. Where the streetcar winds up is unknown but for two and a half decades, it's brought a piece of the city to the Dufferin County countryside.

Photos taken at the junction of Highways 10 and 89 in Primrose, Ontario on August 29, 2015.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Walkervilles at the Beaches Jazz Festival Toronto 2015

 Drummer Stefan Cvetkovic

 Guitarist Pat Robitaille
 Bassist Michael Hargreaves

Windsor's The Walkervilles played a 90 minute set which covered all three of their releases, plus some perfectly-suited covers to an appreciative crowd at the 2015 Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto on July 25, 2015. Definitely a must-see next time you're looking for some jazzy soul.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Union Pearson Express - All Aboard!

Today, the long-awaited Union Pearson Express train (UP Express) started revenue service at 5:30am. I made it on the first train, along with several other rail enthusiasts, members of the media and numerous Metrolinx employees who were there to answer questions and ensure a smooth launch to the service.

Originally called "Blue 22" when it was a proposed as a Public Private Partnership in 2003, the UP Express was taken over by the Ontario Government's Metrolinx (the operators of GO Transit) 2010. Construction was commenced in conjunction with GO's Georgetown South Project, which involved an overall upgrade of the former CN alignment from Union Station to a newly-built spur near Carlingview Drive and Woodbine Racetrack. The spur travels 3.3 km between the Kitchener Subdivision and Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport where connections can be made to the Pearson Link train to Terminal 3 and an off-site parking garage.


Photos taken on Saturday June 6, 2013 along the Metrolinx Kitchener and Pearson Subdivisions in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario.