fact on my Dallas Trip, I finished my quest to visit the TTC’s last 19 PCC
streetcars that were mothballed in 1995; there were a few loose ends to tie up.
One example was PCC 4603 at the
Prior to my
Washington-Cleveland trip in 2007, I learned that the
However, I decided to go once they reopened. I found out from their site that they would reopen in late 2009, so I decided to go in summer of 2010. Although their reopening date was delayed several times, NCTM finally reopened in March 2010.
loose end was PCC 4602 at the Lake Shore Electric Railway. The warehouse where
it was being stored in 2007 was only a temporary location and I planned to go
that wasn’t to happen. In summer 2009, the Lake Shore Electric Railway put most
of their collection up for auction including 4602. I vowed to go to whichever
museum acquired 4602. In November of 2009, the winning bids were announced.
4602 was acquired by the
I opted to go in mid July of 2010. As stated in my last trip report; this would be my first trip after I left my job at Wal-Mart. My last shift at Wal-Mart was three days before my trip.
My plan was
to ride VIA train 73 to
I got to Union station around . I walked over and peeked in through a door and photographed train 85. I was hoping to film it departing, but a GO train blocked my shot and I took a photo instead.
I then walked back and joined the line up for train 73. Boarding soon commenced. I was seated in LRC coach #3364.
The train left on time. As we left, I filmed VIA’s Toronto Maintenance Centre as we went past. I bought lunch from the food cart when it came past.
The train was
soon going through farmland. The train passed Glencoe non stop. We soon passed
through Themesville where in 1999, VIA F40PH-2 #6423 was wrecked in an
accident. The train stopped in
We soon departed. Train 76 passed, but I was unable to film it. We also passed a yard with the shells of several ex Transit Windsor fishbowls.
Train 73 arrived 13 minutes late. I got off and took some photos.
I saw the train was led by F40PH-2 #6411, the Operation Lifesaver unit. I took some photos.
I then went
to catch a bus. In order to get to
Seconds after I hung up, I headed back to the bus stop and I saw a car rear end a mini-van! There didn’t seem to be any injuries and little damage to the cars involved.
As I continued to wait for the next bus, I photographed a Transit Windsor DE40LFr going the other way. Several minutes later, I boarded another DE40LFr. Several stops later, a mother got on with a “SUV stroller” and two badly behaving kids. They were loud and kept hitting each other and made remarks my sister nor did I make when we were that age! I was relieved when they got off.
the bus didn’t go to the terminal and I rode further into
The route 1C bus came 10 minutes later. It was another DE40LFr. I got on and rode to the terminal. At the terminal, I saw a Classic and an Orion 5, but I was unable to photograph them. I did see #553 as the next bus on the Tunnel Bus which I photographed.
inside the terminal and asked where to get the Tunnel Bus. I was told where to
get on and Transit Windsor transfers weren’t accepted on the Tunnel Bus. I then
boarded 553 for the run to
rode 553 in the summer of 1998 when my sister’s ball team was playing in a
I was the only passenger on this run! We headed off into the Detroit-Windsor tunnel. We drove through the tunnel and were caught in a line up of buses. Finally, it was my turn to clear customs. I went into an office and was soon interviewed by a man. He asked me what I did. I told him I work and my parents’ ice cream store.
He then asked me if my parents knew if I was going to the states and I said yes. He asked for my phone number. Sheesh, this person was as bad as the anal customs agent who I crossed paths with on my Arizona Make-up trip! At this time, I was unsure if this agent had called my parents or not. I was soon allowed to go. I got back on 553 and rode a short distance before I got off and photographed the bus and filmed it pulling away.
I got off
here because it was near a People-mover stop. The Detroit People Mover is an
elevated train that uses Mark 1 cars like the Skytrain in
I rode a
few stops before I got off and filmed the train pulling out. One thing I
noticed is that the trains have the exact same chimes as the Scarborough RT and
H-class subway cars in
I then caught
a route 53 bus to the Amtrak station to await my bus to
Maple Leaf while crossing the boarder issues two tickets: One ticket for the
I went to a
I bought a coke and returned to the station as the sun went down. My bus arrived late. Just before it arrived, I photographed a CN freight.
I then photographed the bus when it arrived.
I handed my
thruway ticket to the driver and got on the bus. The bus left 11 minutes late.
The ride to
arrived 15 minutes late into
called Julie to find out when train 30 was due. The Eastbound Capitol Limited
is scheduled to arrive into
I continued to wait for the Capitol Limited. The train finally arrived 51 minutes late. I took some pictures before I got on.
was led by P42s 76 and 123. It had 1 baggage car and 9 Superliners. I was
seated in Superliner 1 coach #34002. That coach was also in the consist of the
Texas Eagle I rode from
I got up
when the train was outside
I then went
for breakfast. The dining car was a Cross-Country Café just like what the Texas
Eagle and City of
Dan whom I met on my 2007
As we approached
I got back on the train and we soon departed. As we approached Martinsburg, I saw a CSX work train with a caboose! The caboose appeared to be manned as there was no SBU on it. I photographed it.
departed and stopped at
soon running parallel to the Washington Metro. We soon stopped in
I then went
to the Metro station and bought a day pass. I rode the Red Line north to
in 2007, my Metro day pass didn’t work on buses. In my mind, that’s a stupid
move in part of the WMATA. I paid $1.70 in cash and rode the bus to the
I eventually made it to my hotel which was a Super 8. I checked in and went to my room. I phoned home and I heard from my dad the agent who interviewed me the day before actually phoned my parents and that my dad responded to him with disgust! When that anal customs agent from my Arizona Make-up trip interviewed me, she didn’t call Wal-Mart of if she did; no one there ever said anything to me about it! This makes me wonder what would have happened if I was still working at Wal-Mart at the time of this trip!
After a few
minutes, I headed out to the intersection of
The White House; Is Obama home?
Obama was in
I then headed back to catch a bus. I saw a C40LF that had the message “Emergency-Call Police” on its destination sign. However, when the bus got to a stop the driver stated that everything was okay. I let that bus go and got on an Orion 5 which took me back to the Metro Centre station. I photographed the Orion 5 after I got off.
I also photographed a Van Hool on the DC Circulator which I rode on my 2007 trip.
the Metro Orion 5 departing and then got on the Red Line to the
Last year, YRT retired their only 30 foot Orion 5. However that bus was purchased by an individual so it escaped the scrapper.
I photographed a couple other buses before I boarded a Metro Flexible for a short ride.
I took a
brief ride on Flexible #4081 and got off and filmed it pulling away. I then
walked back to the station and got on a bus on Ride-on route 29 and rode to
When I was at Glen Echo three years ago, I noticed a pair of standard gauge trucks in front of PCC 2732. SEPTA’s PCCs run on wide gauge track and the car is currently sitting on a piece of track built to the SEPTA track gauge. The tracks embedded in the pavement are standard gauge. I heard that 2732 was to get a set of standard gauge trucks so it could sit on the ex DC Transit tracks. However, they may have changed their minds.
I went inside the park and rode the restored carousel. The horse I was on however didn’t go up and down, so I vowed to return. However, it was the last ride of the day.
I then went by the entrance to the Crystal Pool which had been repainted. I took some photos.
Too bad the Crystal Pool is gone. It was hot that day!
I saw the sun was beginning to set. I took some more pictures of PCC 2732 before I went to a nearby 7-11.
7-11, I bought dinner. It was spicy. I caught a Ride-On route 29 bus back to
my dinner before I got on the red line and rode to
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