TORONTO GO TRANSIT
Edited by by Daniel Dell’Unto (GO) and J-F Turcotte (AMT)
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MPEX 651 (GO MP40PH-3C) was released from hold at West Toronto ON (on CN) Nov 8th.
Because of delays caused by wet leaves on the tracks, Barrie-line trains 800 and 802 (morning) and 801 and 803 (evening) will be running with F59's on both ends of the train
GO MP40PH-3C 612 is shown on morning Lakeshore West train 910 captured by W.D. Shaw leaving Oakville Station.
Tim Organ brought these images to our attention, showing former GO F59PH's in their new liveries (photographers listed on photo pages):
Note the NC Dot units, which received a number of modifications when rebuilt. Among them are a different style plow and air conditioning unit, as well as relocated number boards, bell, and classification lights. Finally, one more former GO unit - only external change I see is the removal of the green and white class lights:
GO Transit announced in November expansion of the Georgetown corridor to Guelph, including development of stations and facilities for an initial 2 trains each way per day
Doug Stark caught one the new Bombardier "Toronto rocket" TTC Subway cars instrumented for clearance testing at Davisville on Nov. 12th
AMT MONTREAL COMMUTER
( Jean-François Turcotte)
Quebec’s Ministry of Transportation intends to proceed with a 3B$ rebuilding of the Turcot highway interchange, starting in 2012. Located at the junction of highway 20, 15 (Décarie) and 720 (Ville-Marie), the worn-out interchange was built in 1967 and currently handles 280000 vehicles a day.
Back then, CN’s massive Turcot yard required the highway lanes to be built high above the ground. CN closed Turcot in 2001, moving its intermodal terminal to Taschereau and selling the land to MTQ. With the yard gone and concrete structures reaching the end of their useful lives, MTQ elected to replace them with a new, lower-standing interchange. Among other aspects, the plan involves moving the CN main line (3 main tracks plus a service track) closer to the Falaise St-Jacques (i.e. the steep cliff located immediately North of the former yard). The right-of-way will also be widened to house a fourth main track aimed to remove conflicts between slow-moving CN freight trains and VIA Rail’s Ottawa and Toronto service (and paid for by the Federal Government).
The MTQ’s plan also makes room for an eventual light-rail line linking downtown with Lasalle and Lachine, as well as for a new double-track line dedicated to the airport shuttle service along the CN main line. Funding for those transit projects has not been allocated yet.
The rebuilding is expected to last until 2018. To alleviate congestion during such massive roadwork, AMT intends to add up to four inbound morning and four outbound afternoon departures per day on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line, starting in 2012, as reported by the Montreal’s Gazette.
This would represent a 50% increase over current peak service. To handle this increase traffic, AMT is currently rebuilding the antiquated signalling system on CP’s Westmount subdivision and will also add a third main track between the former Glen yards (near Vendôme station) and Montreal West, at a cost of 77M$. No word yet on the rolling stock to be used on these extra runs. While it is implied that this service increase is temporary, every “temporary” AMT service previously introduced since 1997 has been made permanent a few years later. Further expanding service on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line would however require a third main track all-the-way to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, at a cost of at least 600M$.
We also have some Deux-Montagnes Line news to report. AMT has finally received authorization to proceed with the long-awaited double tracking of the Deux-Montagnes subdivision between Val Royal (near the Bois-Franc station) and Roxboro-Pierrefonds. The plan involves building 4.5 miles of electrified second track with CTC, a second passenger platform at Sunnybrooke station in Pierrefonds and a new station near highway 13, with up to 2000 parking spaces. The final plan will be submitted to MTQ within the next months. Among other Deux-Montagnes line-related projects already under way, a new grade separation is being built at Jct de l’Est (as reported 2010 in October CRO issue) and the line will receive three new ALP45DP locomotives and 22 Multilevel cars in 2012.
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© CRO December 2010