Why I Love Toronto Reason #63
The Excitement of Riding the New Red Rocket
Before I go into this post can I just say – I HAVE HIT 100 FOLLOWERS!!! Now to some of you that may have like bagillion followers that may mean nothing to you. But I started this blog not knowing what would happen. I didn’t know if people would be interested in my views of the city and I never thought I hit 100 people in 63 days. So I thank you all for following me and let’s stay together until the end because let me tell you the end will be worth it. I already have reason # 365 for you to all read on September 1st 2012.
So from exciting even to another I begin reason #63. Ever since the new Red Rocket began travelling the Yonge-University Spadina Line in August, I have only seen it from the Wilson track yard, on the opposite platform from me and there were two occasion when it stopped at Downsview and went out of service. But up until a few days ago I got to ride the new Red Rocket.
I loved it! Here are some of my favorite features!
1-It’s so spacious and so bright
2-The maps will never disappear because they are permanently embedded into the train. Also the maps light up! They are yellow for stations you have not been to and green when you pass a station!
3-It’s one long train! You have to understand for me, this is amazing. When I take the bus from Downsview the bus platform is near the front of the train and I need to be at the back. So instead of missing a train so I can go to the back I just get on and walk straight through!
4-Unlike the last generation of TTC trains they have handle bars in the middle.
5-The have red cushioning like seat on the walls where the conductor booth is so you can lean in comfort!
6-They have TV’s which I assume will eventually be sold off for ad space or show the news via cp24
But yes eventually it will get old and the excitement will wear off, but what I love is how everyone acts when they see the new train. I remember when I saw it go for a test drive in august, everyone immediately ran to the train including myself to peer in and see it.
One time when it went out of service at Downsview everyone started taking picture in front of it.
There was so much buzz about the new train, people on the last generation of TTC train would ask their friend if they had been on or seen the new train – they treated it like a mythical creature!
Finally when I went on, everyone had a sense of excitement. People were posing in the new train, taking pictures down the never ending car, telling their neighbour how cool it was and some people moved to multiple seats to get the full experience of the new train.
So admit it! No matter how much we may dislike the TTC, this new train brightens up our day. And that’s what I love that collective feeling of excitement we get when Toronto gets to experience something new. Sure that excitement will wear off in the next few years, but imagine when we get our new streetcars how exciting that will be!
The TTC has had some amazing rides – I follow a guy (ryanttcphotos) who showcases some of the TTC’s finest vehicles from multiple era! Check out his blog for everything TTC.
But the excitement we all get while riding the new red rocket.
Is why I love Toronto!
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