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I saw one of the Red "Von Dullen" cars rolling on a test run down St. Charles this weekend with "Desire" line signage. More info here . Looks like there will be enough restored red cars to fully man the Canal line by the end of the year. I wish I would have had my camera with me...
Well the TDi is currently sitting at around 195,000 miles. Earlier this month I replaced the cracked windshield and last week I had the timing belt, serpentine belt, water pump, and front breaks replaced. At some point before it gets cold I will have to replace the glow plugs. It will be time for new tires and new shocks again soon too. The headliner is sagging, the paint is starting to chip off, the glovebox handle has broken off, and there is a nice big dent in the driver's side door thanks to a hit and run while I was running in the Crescent City Classic earlier this year, but the VW takes a licking and still keeps on ticking like clockwork. I'm hoping that I can keep the body together long enough to reach 300,000 miles, which given my current commuting routine will take about 4 years.
I was in Seattle last week and got to check out their new streetcar line: The South Lake Union line. This is technically their second streetcar line, but is currently the only one running, as the George Benson Waterfront line has been out of service since 2005 pending the construction of a new car barn. Regrettably I forgot my camera, which is really too bad because I happened to catch the crew washing one of the cars outside of the barn when I went by. Click below for more information about the line.
This weekend the streetcars finally started rolling down South Carrollton Avenue again for the first time in three years. This completes the saga of the St. Charles line's struggle to return after Hurricane Katrina. All that is left now is for the red Von Dullen cars to be rebuilt and to run on the Canal and Riverfront lines again. HERE is the story from nola.com.
Due to an attempted break-in (which, for those concerned, was unsuccessful (the alarm system did its job (HDANCN?!))) I finally got around to adding a webcam to the back yard. You can find it on the left side of the page right underneath the front yard "hood" cam. I'm not sure yet if I am going to keep it where it is, so the view might change slightly in the next few days.
Two streetcars collide on Canal St.
This happened near the Canal barn, so I imagine either one of the switches there malfunctioned or someone forgot to change one of the switches back to where it was supposed to be during normal operations.