A wraparound ad on the August 16 issue of 24 Hours extols Siemens new streetcars and refers readers to a website with more information. The layout has the earmarks of an ongoing advertising campaign with cheeky copy:
- Say hello to the streetcar that rings your bell.
- Introducing the Combino Plus.
- Save your stair climbing for the gym.
- Sitting on a stranger’s lap is now optional.
The Siemens page includes an animated look at the Combino Plus car as proposed for Toronto including simulation of the car on the Spadina and Queen lines. There is a link to a data sheet on the Lisbon version of the car as well as a non-functioning [as of noon on August 17] link to a Melbourne presentation.
A Siemens mockup is on view at the CNE grounds on Princes’ Boulevard along with the Bombardier mockup that appeared recently at Dundas Square.
If you get bored with the streetcars, you can watch people getting fired out of a cannon. Whether this will be yet another alternative for transit service remains to be seen.