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St. Clair streetcars

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St. Clair streetcars, originally uploaded by sdfrederiksen.

I came across this image on at the top of an article about how they are coping with winter, and how maybe Vaughan does it better.

But I do like a good streetcar picture and I have a very minimal excuse for posting it. I was woken on Friday morning- early – by someone in Toronto offering me a job. I had forgotten that my resume is still on Monster (don’t bother I have inactivated it now). I explained what I am doing now and why I thought she might have a hard time getting a suitable reference for me. But mainly, in one of those “I didn’t know I thought that until I hear myself saying” it moments, I told her exactly why why I did not want to go back to work – and especially not in Toronto, right now.

Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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March 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm

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New EPA rules target diesel train and ship emissions

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Los Angeles Times

LA is seen by some here as a competitor west coast gateway. It seems to me that many people there would be quite pleased if we took some more the polltuing ships and trains away from their area. They like polluted air about as much as we do.

I though when I saw the headline that this was a major change but no

Because the new rules will take decades to implement, and do not target large marine vessels, the AQMD will not be able to reach a 2015 federal deadline to bring deadly fine particulate exposure down to legal amounts, Wallerstein said. [That’s Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District]

Large, ocean-going vessels are linked to about 800 premature deaths in the region each year. More than 40% of all retail goods shipped to the U.S. come through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The hope for us is that we will follow suit to ensure that the we get the benefit from the new technologies that will now get built into locomotives and tugs. Otherwise what will happen is that our operators will just shift the old equipment up here. Railway locomotives in particular have very long lives and many in daily service here have been around in one shape or form since the 1950s. Of course, they have been rebuilt and refurbished in the meantime. Even the cleanest Green Goats are not entirely new.

CN1419 New Westminster BC 2007_0928

This loco was first built in 1959 and is still in operation

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March 16, 2008 at 7:57 am