1. Starts with "B."
2. A Favorite
For the letter of the week for this round I am going to go with all things TTC, Toronto Transit Corporation.
A fun song showing the building of the subway 1949-1954
Letter B BAY Station
It is located in heart of the Yorkville district just north of Bloor Street West on the west side of Bay Street.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates its lost articles office at this station, where forgotten objects on the city's buses and trains are held until reclaimed or sold by auction.
Below the main platform for Bay station is an abandoned platform, which was used for only six months in 1966 when the TTC experimentally ran trains whose routes included portions of both the Yonge–University and Bloor–Danforth lines. This abandoned platform is sometimes referred to as "Lower Bay" by the general public or "Bay Lower" by the TTC.
The "secret" door to the lower platform, this was the exit during Doors Open.
The platform was in service from February to September 1966 as part of an interlining experiment, in which the TTC ran trains along three routes, with one matching the subsequent Bloor–Danforth line, and the other two combining parts of the Bloor–Danforth line with the Yonge–University line. The experiment was deemed a failure, largely because delays anywhere quickly cascaded to affect the entire system. Also, as the stations had not been laid out effectively for cross-platform interchange, trains travelling east from St. George and west from Yonge alternated between the two levels, leading passengers to wait on the stairs in-between the levels, since they were unable to tell which platform would receive the next train.
A piece of Canadian trivia/gossip, the host on this video is Ben Muloney, the oldest son of former prime minister Bill Mulroney. And he is married to Jessica Brownstein, daughter of Brown's Shoes founder. She happens to be a close friend of Megan Merkle, Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle). In 2018, she and her husband attended Markle's wedding to Prince Harry, and their children participated as page boys and flower girl.
Bay station has several exits and entrances on Cumberland, Bellair, and Bay, and this beauty store location is right next to the entrance on Bellair.
Andrew at High Riser Blog will get a kick out of this.
A pet peeve of mine - the delay of our new streetcars from the Quebec company Bombardier. They had not delivered their contractual agreement and now have recalled most of the cars they did deliver.
A friend of mine recently said they should be paying us to have their logo on our cars.
As I took my seat the other day on the subway, someone had left this newspaper with this heading.
Biblio-Mat and Books
A book collector's dream, The Monkey's Paw in Toronto has the world's first "Biblio-Mat", a random book vending machine on Bloor St. West.
You insert a coin, obtained from the cash, and you get a book!
I'm continuing with my box collection.
This one is from Ireland, a typical country pub.