I got up and had breakfast. I got dressed and went online. I saw it was raining but I believed it would let up. It did after awhile. I eventually headed out.
walked a few blocks and caught a route #7 bus to the
board a crowded bus on route #94 and rode to the
I looked around for a few minutes and had lunch in the food court. After lunch, I decided to go ride an OC Transpo double decker bus. I saw one running on route #61. I photographed double decker #8109 before I got on.
I sat at the top level close to the front.
were obviously a lot of people in
I rode #8109 to Bayview station and got off. I photographed the bus before I filmed it pulling away.
I then went to ride the Trillium O-train line. I saw a train in the station already. I photographed it before I got on.
The train soon departed. While riding, we passed behind a Home Depot. I saw it was closed; including the garden center.
The Home Depot that I’ve been working at since late March is closed for Canada Day, but the garden center was open until . There was a sheet for employees who want to work that day could sign up. I obviously did not. However, the Home Depot I saw the garden center was closed so I guess things are different.
then boarded a bus on route #97 back downtown. However, the bus suffered
problems just before the
I decided to walk the rest of the way. I photographed a couple OC Transpo buses on the way.
went through the
kiddie train is probably the same one; if not similar to one that was in
looked around a bit before I photographed a sign for
noticed the “0” in the 150 was sealed which is good considering people have
been arrested for having sex in the “O” in the
I left the area and saw some OC Transpo and STO articulated buses providing a shuttle service in the area but I didn’t photograph or try to ride the buses.
walked down a path that went along the
then walked past the locks used from the
I soon left and continued walking around. I stopped at a TD ATM and withdrew some money.
I then made my way up to Parliament Hill. There was a huge line up to watch the fireworks from Parliament Hill. However, from where I was, I could see the Parliament buildings just fine. I took pictures of the crowd in line.
I resigned myself to a long wait to see the fireworks. However, at one point, the Snowbirds flew above where I was waiting.
When the Snowbirds made another pass, I filmed them. I went back to waiting.
After awhile, I decided to go to McDonald’s for dinner. There was a line to get into the McDonald’s but I had plenty of time before the fireworks. I got my dinner and headed back to my vantage point.
As I ate my dinner, I watched a performer juggle flaming torches.
A little while later, I attempted to photograph an OC Transpo D60LFr which was being used as some sort of shuttle.
Awhile later the sky got dark and it started to rain! I was in the middle of a thunderstorm! I was able to seek shelter and didn’t get too wet. The rain stopped, but an hour later, it started pouring again! I sought refused under the overhang of a nearby office building with other people. I hoped the fireworks would not be rained out. Fortunately, the rain stopped around sunset.
photographed a motorcade which may or may not have contained
Trudeau was actually in
After the sun went down, I waited for the fireworks. For some reason, I thought they would begin at . However when came without any fireworks, I asked a police officer when the fireworks started. He told me .
one point, I went back to the McDonald’s where I had supper for a snack. I
noticed there was a line up for the washroom. I joined the line just in case.
However after several minutes the manager came and said the washrooms were
closed because a pipe was leaking where they keep the food. This caused some
customers to get angry. I left before they had a riot on their hands! I don’t
think I’ll return to that McDonald’s on future trips to
I wandered around and eventually found another washroom. I then made my way back to where I was standing.
Soon it was . The fireworks didn’t start promptly, but soon, they were going off in multiple places. I filmed them and took some photos.
No, the traffic light is not exploding. It’s just the fireworks.
The firework display went on for 20 minutes and 17 seconds in honor of 2017. I started making my way back to the bus stop to catch a bus back to where I was staying. As luck would have it, my bus came right away. I got on and found a seat as this bus would be a one seat ride back to Lynne’s house.
We went through an area I hadn’t been to previously on the way there. It soon got to .
I got off the bus shortly after and walked back to where I was staying. I briefly saw Lynne’s other guests before I set my alarm and called it a night.
I got up and had breakfast. I washed the dishes and finished packing I then left the key and headed off to the bus stop. I walked a to St. Laurent thinking the route #7 bus would come first instead of the #14 which stopped much closer to where I was staying. As it turned out, the #14 came first.
rode to the
had gotten to the station shortly after . I had
actually got there about 10 minutes before the departure to
did go outside and photograph VIA train #43 to
I then went back inside the station. I then photographed some model steam locomotives on display.
I then went into a snack bar in the station and got something to eat. I went back to the waiting game. After a little while, it was time to board train #45. I went to the platform and photographed my train as well as train #624 as it departed.
I was seated in LRC coach #3308. Even though the outside of the car was still in its unrebuilt livery and still had its end marker lights (which were removed from the rebuilt coaches), the interior was refurbished. The train left six minutes late.
I pulled out my laptop and went online. I also worked on this report for a little. The train stopped at Fallowfield.
we passed through
later, I bought lunch. We passed non stop through
We stopped at
VIA trains #40 and #64 passed, but I was unable to film them. I did see a Goodyear blimp and photographed it from the train.
little while later we passed through Port Hope and
were soon nearing
went downstairs and phoned my mom and let her know I was back in
I saw a mural that had a CLRV depicted on it. I photographed it.
I then went to the Skywalk and attempted to photograph the front end of VIA train #45.
then went to just beyond where the covered portion of the Skywalk ended to a
favourite place to watch trains and photographed a UP Express train with a car
I then walked past the John Street Roundhouse which is home for the Toronto Railway Historical Association’s museum. I photographed the museum’s latest acquisition; original GO Transit cab car #104 which was acquired for GO’s 50th anniversary.
While #104 was restored to its original GO transit livery from the AMT livery it last ran it, they left a feature that was not originally from GO: the door at the cab end of the car has a window which it never had when it was in service with GO Transit.
also photographed former CN
I then walked down to the waterfront to see the new attraction: a giant rubber duck. However, it wasn’t near where I was so I walked back to the streetcar line. I looked down the line and saw a PCC heading west! I sprinted to the next stop and photographed PCC #4500 when it came.
#4500 is one of two historic PCCs in the TTC’s fleet. The other car is #4549.
These were the first and last cars of the final order of PCCs the TTC bought
new back in 1951. As it turns out, only
would be the first PCC I rode in 2017. As it turns out this was the last
westbound trip of the day for the car. I rode the car to the Exhibition Loop.
On the way, I spoke with Toby from the Toronto Transportation Society about
When we got to the Exhibition Loop, I stepped off and photographed #4500.
I got back on #4500 and we soon left. I attempted to photograph LFLFV #4438 which was the newest in service at the time.
There are only 39 LFLRVs in service with TTC at the time. TTC has 204 on order and we were supposed to have more than half in service but Bombardier is having serious delays in delivering the new cars. Bombardier has said they will deliver 40 cars this year which would have a total of 70 cars in service by the end of the year.
So far, cars #4400 and 4402-4438 are in service. #4401 needs to go back to Bombardier for modifications as it was one of three prototype cars and the only one that has yet to be modified for service. At this time, I have ridden all but #4438. Given the slow delivery schedule, it has given me a chance to ride the new cars.
I rode #4500 to Spadina Avenue where the car went out of service to head back to the car house. I got off and photographed #4500.
I filmed #4500 pulling away. I then walked over to the giant duck and photographed it.
After I was done, I decided it was time to head home. I walked back to the streetcar stop where I saw and photographed CLRV #4055 on the #509, but I was unable to ride it.
Presently, the TTC operates the new cars on three routes 510, 509, and 514 and 510 and 509 are supposed to be fully accessible (other than when a PCC runs on #509) so a CLRV is now somewhat rare to see on #509.
I used a fare machine at the stop to buy a ticket which was the first time I had used one as the previous times I had ridden the new streetcars, I had a day pass. LFLRV #4406 soon came. I photographed it before I got on.
I rode #4406 to Union station. I phoned home and got on the subway. I rode to Finch where I got a ride home.
from the delays on the GO train to Union Station and the rain, this trip was
excellent. I wish I could have ridden STO fishbowl #7901 in
for me, my next trip will be at the end of the month where I will head to the
Click to go home.