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Norman Bates

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  1. I’ve heard Pinecrest referred to as Paincrest. As well as Hurdman called Hurtman.
  2. Definitely not the D800 that I knew very well from my time in Winnipeg - and rode often here in Ottawa. At least one of the OC-T D800s had large green tinted plexiglas ‘sunroofs’ that opened to vent. An operator once told me that it was ordered for purposes of Grey Line Tours and to give tourists a better view. That Flxible I thought I rode could have been a Flyer D700A, though. For some reason I recall struggling to pronounce Flxible - and this was at least a decade before the internet to even know about the company. But it’s so long ago that it also could be a false memory.
  3. I once rode a Flxible New Look in OC Transpo livery. It was in the mid-1980s and I boarded on the Mac bridge and took it to Orleans on what was then the 37. I suspect that it was one of the CL-218 produced by Canadair but it might have been a later Grumman model. I remember seeing it another time or two. But I only rode it the once. I’ve never seen it mentioned in any history of OC Transpo’s fleet.
  4. I agree with Saint Jim of Lisgar Street: Pimisi is also my favourite station.
  5. I personally found the mezzanine level of Lyon Station a little confusing / disorienting as all opposite sides appear to be a mirror image of one another. I will need to look at this again to validate my first impression.
  6. Does this mean that all trains and trainsets are now operational on Line 1?
  7. I was on the second revenue service train out of Tunney’s. We pulled out at 1:53 PM EDT to the spontaneous eruption of applause from all in the vehicle. I took it all the way to Blair and then back to Tunney’s. From there I returned east, getting off at every station to familiarize myself with its platform perimeter and other levels where applicable. At uOttawa station I shared a few words of appreciation with Saint Jim of Lisgar Street and thanked Allan Hubley for the above-noted professional courtesy. In total I rode two complete round trips on Confederation Line 1. I exper
  8. Capitalizing on an opening created by Lord O’Brien, whose zero-means-zero pedantry satiated the philistines, Saint Jim of Lisgar Street slew an unholy alliance of rubber-tired, diesel-powered, petroleum-backed, blow-hards, to give the City of Ottawa a light metro disguised as an LRT. But it was on September 14 that Saint Jim of Lisgar Street performed the miracle for which he was canonized. That afternoon, when the sun broke through the rain clouds, he turned non-believers into believers as the Confederation Line 1 ran for its first time in revenue service. That is why Se
  9. Two observations: 1) Can we not also move to trainsets that eliminate the centre cabs? In that way we loose the ability to sever trainsets but also increase capacity. 2) Rather than Carling, I would propose a relief or second east - west alignment that follows Hazeldean / Robertson / Old Richmond / Baseline / Walkley / Innes roads.
  10. Is anyone participating in the friends and family testing today? (Many thanks to Shane for getting me here on ottainfans!)
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