Saturday, October 10, 2015

Government Of Ontario Transit #1

Andy | Saturday, October 10, 2015 | Best Blogger Tips

Abbreviated as "Go Transit", it is a commuter transportation system that is owned and operated by the Provincial Government. This train is operating on the major east west route. One interesting thing about this route is that regardless of direction, locomotives are always facing east.


When the train resumes west bound travel the engineer operates the train from last coach which now becomes the lead car. In the USA and Canada, they are called cab cars. Push-pull is a mode of operation for locomotive hauled trains allowing them to be driven from either end.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Glass Insulators

Andy | Friday, October 09, 2015 | Best Blogger Tips

Continuing from yesterday's posting... I spotted these glass insulators on the poles beside the railway tracks. Walking along a rail line in Ontario you might get lucky and see the insulators on aging wooden telegraph poles At one time they were a very common sight. The earliest insulators were developed with the growing telegraph line network initiated in 1844.


Insulators were originally designed to keep the wires linking telegraphs and telephones insulated from the wooden poles that held them aloft. Made from glass or porcelain in a dazzling array of shapes and colors, including amber, cobalt blue, olive green, and royal purple. Today they are prized for their rarity and physical beauty and may sell for thousands of dollars.

Thursday, October 08, 2015


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Me and my camera waiting at the side of the railway tracks hoping to take a picture of a moving train. I finally gave up. Tomorrow I will explain why I found the old poles on the left side of the tracks more interesting.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Signs - Sea Lamprey

Andy | Wednesday, October 07, 2015 | Best Blogger Tips

The sea lamprey is a primitive, eel-like fish native to the northern Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic, western Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. They invaded the Great Lakes in the early 20th century through shipping canals. The sea lamprey uses its sucker mouth, sharp teeth and rasping tongue to attach itself to the body of a fish and suck the fish's blood. Fish that survive the attack are left with a large open wound that can become infected and often leads to death. The jumping ability of adult sea lampreys is limited, so barriers function to block adult access to spawning habitat and, therefore, reduce the amount of habitat that sea lampreys can infest. I'm linking to Lesley's Signs, Signs.

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