Trolley # 1 is ready to roll, and is due to start testing within the next 2 weeks. Testing will, we were told today, first be the trolley being pulled/pushed along the route to test clearances and basic safety. Following that, power will be applied and the trolleys themselves will be tested, at first slowly, then at full operating speeds – 25 mph! All the switches and signals will also be tested, and the trolleys will complete 300 miles of live testing before being open to the public – so we can expect to get familiar with the clang, clang, clang of the trolley very soon!
Today’s press conference was my first opportunity to actually get onto a Trolley, and the inside is really smart. I was interested to see that the seat backs move back and forward, so one can face in either direction. Participating in the today’s event were, among others, Joe Edwards, U City Mayor Shelley Welsch, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, Alderman Frank Watson, along with Loop Trolley personnel and interested parties from the Loop, Forest Park Forever, and Skinker DeBaliviere.
Well, after nearly 2 months of proofing, editing, reviewing, and polishing December 1 mean that the publication of Being Tony has finally taken place!!! I’m still waiting the first proper print run to arrive here, but due to the miracle of technology, the book is already available online, and I was amazed to see that it pops up all over the world. Here’s the list that I have:
Australia – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01MRRCHN2
Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MRRCHN2/
France – https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01MRRCHN2/
Germany – https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01MRRCHN2/
Netherlands – https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B01MRRCHN2/
(I did actually have one of my books purchased from Japan, so maybe they will like this one too!)
Watch out for more details and updates when I get my books here!!!
Junction of DeBaliviere and Delmar:
Seen in the parking lot that was being used by the Loop Trolley construction team.