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"Not In Service"

Posted by Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 15 October 2018 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A parking area for Toronto's "red rocket" streetcars, now being replaced gradually by sleeker and slower moving models. There is a certain charm to urban trolley cars, although I must confess that getting stuck behind one during rush hours (this city has horrible traffic issues) does anything but evoke images of rockets or speed, but may certainly have some drivers seeing red.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS 1/320 second F/5.0 ISO 160 12 mm

toronto | streetcars | red | rocket

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, I sympathise with the mixed blessings here . . although, properly planned, they can be very successful.

15 Oct 2018 5:52am

@Ronnie 2¢: To be fair, there are times when these vehicles work wonderfully. I don't believe the city fathers anticipated that Toronto, formerly "Muddy York" and "Hogtown", would boom the way it has. The infrastructure can't keep pace with the population growth and demands of such.

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle ta composition j aime bcp

15 Oct 2018 6:22am

@Martine Libouton: Merci, Martine.

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A beautiful framing and effect with the wide lens ! steetcars are very useful for the visit of Toronto !

15 Oct 2018 7:34am

@Anna Cherer: Thank you, Anna. Yes, I agree that the public transit is the best way to get around downtown, or a rented bicycle or on foot. Driving a personal vehicle and paying for parking doesn't make sense.

Captain Guildive Ajoupa from Saint Nazaire.Pays de la Loire., France

Pas de soucis de stationnement tout est sur les rails.

15 Oct 2018 8:59am

@Captain Guildive Ajoupa: Merci, Captain.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

One would have hoped they were the future rather than the past. Desire more streetcars and less cars :)
Nice perspective compo

15 Oct 2018 9:57am

@grouser: Less cars, more bikes and public transit and people willing to walk a few blocks... this is what all our cities require, not to mention Planet Earth. The city and province are doing what they can to keep up with exploding demands. The future will reveal success or failure on that topic. Cheers, mister g.

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

Superbe

15 Oct 2018 10:12am

@Existence Artistique: Merci.

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Love this one. Seems like they are coming right at me. The yard on Eastern Ave?

15 Oct 2018 11:29am

@beach: Thanks a lot. This yard is on Queen Street East, in the Greenwood area.

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame & perspective!
Amazing!

15 Oct 2018 12:00pm

@omid: My thanks !

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like this viewpoint. I also like how the red pops.

15 Oct 2018 12:24pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks, Ruthie. The new streetcars feature more of the red and look very "science fiction" compared to these trusty lunks. I loved the older old models, from the 50s.

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very interesting photo. Well done!

15 Oct 2018 2:09pm

@Ralf Kesper: Thanks, Ralf.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

While in Japan, I rode the streetcars quite often. They are a great way to move people in a city. A fine shot of these at rest.

15 Oct 2018 4:32pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great shot!

15 Oct 2018 5:04pm