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From the Toronto Star September 1, 2014, Christopher Hume writes: 


…In addition to moving the masses, the TTC’s new rolling stock must shift attitudes. Its ultimate success will depend on its ability to change the notion of streetcars as being just this side of the horse and buggy.Seeing these beautiful behemoths rolling through Toronto might force us to reconsider the complaint heard over and over that streetcars are forever in the way. Once all 204 new vehicles have been deployed in four or five years, they will be the undisputed masters of the streets; it will be cars that will have to make way.A smiling TTC CEO Andy Byford called Sunday’s launch “the start of a new era.” Given the chaotic state of transit and transit planning in Toronto, and the hostility to streetcars at the highest levels of City Hall; it was also a much-needed bit of good news…


Two of the TTC’s new streetcars officially hit the road on the 510 Spadina route Sunday morning. Photo by David Cooper of the Toronto Star. 

From the Toronto Star September 1, 2014, Christopher Hume writes:

…In addition to moving the masses, the TTC’s new rolling stock must shift attitudes. Its ultimate success will depend on its ability to change the notion of streetcars as being just this side of the horse and buggy.

Seeing these beautiful behemoths rolling through Toronto might force us to reconsider the complaint heard over and over that streetcars are forever in the way. Once all 204 new vehicles have been deployed in four or five years, they will be the undisputed masters of the streets; it will be cars that will have to make way.

A smiling TTC CEO Andy Byford called Sunday’s launch “the start of a new era.” Given the chaotic state of transit and transit planning in Toronto, and the hostility to streetcars at the highest levels of City Hall; it was also a much-needed bit of good news…

Two of the TTC’s new streetcars officially hit the road on the 510 Spadina route Sunday morning. Photo by David Cooper of the Toronto Star. 

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London Transport Museum has a great series of events this fall…wish I could be there!! If you’re in London, check these out!
TALK: First World War Propaganda PostersTuesday 2 SeptemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
OPEN DAY: Dartford Bus Garage Sunday 7 SeptemberFree
TALK: “Ole Bill” Talk and Book LaunchThursday 11 SeptemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
OPEN WEEKEND: Behind the Scenes at Acton DepotSaturday 13 and Sunday 14 SeptemberTickets on Sale Now
BSL CURATOR TOUR: Goodbye Piccadilly - British Sign Language (BSL)Friday 26 SeptemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
TALK: Designing the New RoutemasterTuesday 30 SeptemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
TALK: Kate Adie - Fighting on the Home FrontTuesday 14 OctoberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
SYMPOSIUM: The Social History and Cultural Significance of the London BusSaturday 18 OctoberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
TALK: The Iron RoadTuesday 12 NovemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
SYMPOSIUM: 1914–1918: From Home Front to Western FrontSaturday 15 NovemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
TALK: Women, Fashion and the First World WarTuesday 18 NovemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required
FRIDAY LATE: Paint the Town Red Friday 28 NovemberTickets on Sale Now. Booking Required

London Transport Museum has a great series of events this fall…wish I could be there!! If you’re in London, check these out!

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Upcoming! The 5th annual Autumn Shift in Mount Pleasant presents the Main Street Heritage Transportation Jamboree! The classic 1937 airstream inspired Hayes Anderson will be there, along with the GMC Museum Bus. Taking place on September 14th from 12–6. via Grandview Heritage

Upcoming! The 5th annual Autumn Shift in Mount Pleasant presents the Main Street Heritage Transportation Jamboree! The classic 1937 airstream inspired Hayes Anderson will be there, along with the GMC Museum Bus. Taking place on September 14th from 12–6. via Grandview Heritage

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Oops. 

via boingboing: England’s Western Daily Press reports that workers managed to misspell the word “BUS” during street repainting in Bristol…

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/26/bup-stop.html

Oops.

via boingboing: England’s Western Daily Press reports that workers managed to misspell the word “BUS” during street repainting in Bristol…

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/26/bup-stop.html

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I recently received this BC Electric transit map from my friend and fellow collector Neil Whaley. It was dated July 15, 1955, and while I didn’t notice at first, after scanning the cover at high resolution, I could just make out a signature in the bottom right of the illustration. It might not be legible to the casual viewer, but since I was already familiar with his work, I instantly recognized Jack Grundle’s signature from a number of other ads I received from his widow Lia Grundle.

Jack Grundle was an art director for BC Electric from 1947 to around 1965, and he left his mark on many ads that ran inside trolleys and buses over the years. I’m not certain if he was responsible for any of the BC Electric logotypes (particularly the distinctive BCE totem logo which came into use in 1947, updated in 1949), but it is certainly plausible. You can see how closely the BC Electric script matches Jack Grundle’s own signature.

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