Results tagged “streetcar” from TWISIA

505 Parliament

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Always nice to see the streetcars.  I know - they get in the way of cars.  But here's the thing.  They're efficient, they hold tons of people, and you KNOW where they're going to be.  So how come cars can't just go on roads where streetcars aren't?  Seriously.  Who wants to drive downtown ANYWAYS?  

Empty Streetcar

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Empty streetcar on Spadina.  I occasionally have to run up to Spadina and College on my lunch hour, and it's rare that I get onto a streetcar without anyone else on it.  But this time, I managed to find one that nobody else needed.  Of course, it came just after and just before another one, proving that when you don't want streetcars to arrive, they're always there. 

Holdup at Broadview

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This lineup of streetcars on Queen was a result of an incident on a Queen streetcar at Broadview.  The police were interviewing passengers on a streetcar just past Broadview, in front of The Opera House.  I was able to get off a streetcar at the end of this line, walk up and do some errands, and get on one of the streetcars at the front of the line, at which point, the police let traffic go again.  It was amazing, however, to see so many streetcars lined up at this corner.

505 Broadview

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Taken just beside the Village by the Grange.  I always find myself wondering if the street bends like this because it used to be two streets that didn't quite meet, or if there was some geographical feature that it used to have to go around, but now is missing.

Waiting on Queen III

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Waiting for the streetcar to arrive in the morning can take some time.  Sometimes, there seems to be fifteen minutes between them, and it's easy to sit there and be bored. 

Bike and Streetcar

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So many questions:
What's in the buggy?
Why is he riding in the middle of the street?
What would happen if the cart got caught on the streetcar tracks?
How far does he have to ride holding on to that buggy?


Wheels on Queen

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Streetcar at Queen and Broadview

The Skater and the Bahamas

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The signs of spring are everywhere.  The bikers, the skaters, and the ads for trips to warm locales.  I'm so happy that it's light later on in the evening - it gives me that much more opportunity to take pictures.  

Long Branch Car

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When I think about it, I'm always astonished that the Queen Street streetcar goes all the way to Long Branch - that's out by the bottom of Highway 427. When I lived out there, I thought it was the boonies.  Way out in the sticks.  But now, I could hop on the streetcar at the end of my street, and take a ride all the way there, passing through downtown.  Hell, someone from that part of the city could, without changing streetcars, go from Highway 427 all the way to the Beach area of the city.

Streetcar on Spadina

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I had to run up to College and University at lunchtime the other day.  On my way there, I was waiting for the northbound Spadina streetcar to come by.  This one, heading southbound, caught my eye.  Those things get filthy on a winter day, don't they?  How'd you like the job of washing them on a regular basis?  Somebody's doing it, because there's no way that, on a day like this, something driving through the muck and slush that's all over those tracks is going to stay THAT clean for long.

Reading on the Streetcar

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I get so much more reading done, now that I'm on the streetcar instead of driving to work.  I'd forgotten, before I started taking the TTC to work again, how much I enjoyed that aspect of the commute.

Streetcar Sardines

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It was snowing, really hard, and the city was slowed substantially.  I waited twenty minutes for the streetcar, and when it arrived, empty, it filled up with waiting commuters.  And I mean, it REALLY filled up.  I managed to snag a seat, but it stayed like this from Yonge Street all the way across to Broadview, where I escaped. 

Snow and the TTC

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You know, the TTC works remarkably well during snowstorms in Toronto.  It took me about 35 minutes to get home - when it normally takes me about 15 minutes.  But the streetcar kept moving, it was warm, (if crowded), and best of all - I didn't have to do the driving.  Thanks, TTC - keep up the good work.

Car 4131

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Most mornings, I end up on the streetcar, jammed with people.  This morning, I managed to get a mostly empty, short-turn streetcar. 

Dangerous Dan's

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On my way to Busker Fest last weekend, I took this wide angle shot of Queen and Broadview.  

Mini on Queen

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Looks like the small car is pulling away from the pack.  As gas prices continue to rise, I bet more and more people are going to be looking at smaller cars to replace the behemoths they drive now.

Manga on the TTC

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Manga on the TTC.jpg... and in German, too.  Taken on the eastbound Queen Street streetcar.  You never know what you're going to see in this city.  That's one of the reasons I love it.

Commuters

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Commuters.jpgEvery morning, I take the streetcar to work.  And, every morning, I try to get one of the single seats.  These folks managed to get there first.  

Waiting at the Corner

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Watching the streetcar trundle past on Queen.

Sun and Streetcar

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Taken on King Street, near John, while I was waiting for the ride home. I love that the sun is visible for so much longer - I get more great shots on the way home, now, than I did back in December. Also seen on Flickr

Connaught Carhouse

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When seen at night, in their carhouse, the streetcars seem much smaller than when you're trying to get around them on Queen.  The carhouse was built in 1913, and serves as a garage for the streetcars in this part of the city.

Sunset On Queen

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While I was waiting for the streetcar to stop in front of me, this scene was presented to me.  I quickly exposed for the sky, and swung the camera around to point at the streetcar.

The Ride Home

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We've all done it.  A late night ride, on a streetcar or bus.  Nothing to do but stare at the back of the person in front of you.  There's something meditative about the ride - the way the traffic flows, starting, stopping, the bumps in the road.  The low hum of conversations around you - ebbing and flowing.  And then you realize it - you're about to miss your stop.

FISH!!!!

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I didn't realize that fish came that big!  I was trying to take a shot of the stores across the street, when suddenly, a giant fish appeared in my view.  Who thought it was a good idea to sell advertising on the side of streetcars?

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