I really hope that they manage to pick up one or two of E.T.S.'s old Siemens-Duewag U2's once they finally part with them. To me nothing beats that awesome '70s livery.I hope they can order at least 1 more to ensure that the capacity is there. Who knows what other expansions will happen down the line...
the new track is in!
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dang, i didn't realize they were only running 2 trains on this line. The new section is a single line, no passing loop or anything.
I think this new addition is tremendous as-is, and will be a boon to the area next summer and beyond. Thinking longer term, and of the ERRS line as a more serious transit facility rather than a historical novelty, more passing loops to allow more frequency might be good. They also have a few operable trains in Fort Ed that could maybe come over? IDK enough about how these systems are operated to say more. but it would be great to see this network taken seriously as a resource, it fills an important niche in Old Strathcona.
No, don’t even say that! I’m sorry for using your comment as a semi-unrelated springboard for my own thoughts lol. Far too often I think people are prone to thinking too big when it comes to the potential of the line (which isn’t at all bad in its own right), and I kind of just wanted to get my doubts about ideas like that out there. Like you say, I think this is a case where clever ‘small-think’ is really needed, like the aforementioned shared fare. Hell, even doubling the tracks in certain spots like you mentioned would do wonders for fringe/festival service in the summers.
Wait, I'm not alone on this? I absolutely adore the things too — more so than the newer 160s. Nothing beats their late-modern boxiness, and my inner child loves the light up “Push to Open” buttons in them. I mentioned in a comment above, but when E.T.S. finally dumps the old U2’s I hope they offer car 1001 (at the very least) to the E.R.R.S. Allow them to restore it with that "awesome ‘70s livery" and the grody brown carpet interiors.also, i wanna see a U2 on this route. it would be crazy and massive and wild and I would ride it back and forth like a crazy person (I love the U2s feel free to @ me).