MONTREAL COMMUTER NEWS
AMT Agence Metropolitaine de Transport
AMT News Editor Jean-Francois Turcotte
is proceeding with overhaul of ten GMD-built F59PH locomotives (nos. 1340-1349
inclusive), acquired from GO Transit in 2011. These 23-year old units have
travelled between 700 000 and 900 000 miles over their passenger service career
in Toronto and Montreal, The
work is being done by Brookville Equipment Corporation over a two years period,
in their Brookville, PA shop. Units 1340, 1343, 1346, 1347, 1348 and 1349 will
be done first. Units 1341, 1342, 1344 and 1345 are currently in service, and
will be done later. At
press time, AMXX 1347 and 1349 had departed Montreal.
AMT ALP45-DP 1365 with BBRX reporting marks (Bombardier) was photographed on a
CN WB at Blair Street in Oshawa on April 1st, and was sitting at GO
Mimico yard April 3rd. The loco is destined to CRCR, a rebuilding
outfit located in TMC. They are a certified Bombardier warranty facility. It
evidently needed some repair work. The AMT Dual-Mode locomotive will also be
used to publicize a planned electric transit service to Toronto Pearson
International Airport. The line will not be using ALP45-DP’s of course and will
likely use EMU sets.
Contrary to earlier reports, the planned introduction of the ALP-45DP on the
Deux-Montagnes line, which was expected to occur sometime in Fall 2013, has been
postponed to early 2014 at best, the reason being that the units have not yet
been sufficiently tested and not enough crew have been familiarized with their
operation in electric mode so far. AMT and CN expect to proceed with those
tests once the Jct de l’Est grade separation is completed.
Ken Goslett photographed ALP45-DP
at Maurice Richard May 15th.
The Jct de l’Est grade separation is proceeding swiftly, with an expected
completion date in September 2013. As of May 24th 2013, the
depressed roadbed for the Deux-Montagnes subdivision has been fully graded and
construction crew were sinking the bases for the new catenary poles.
Meanwhile,the elevated fill carrying the St-Laurent subdivision over the
Deux-Montagnes subdivision is almost complete as well, save for a small section
which will be filled during a weekend maintenance blitz which will mark the end
of the work there.
Link to AMT pictures of the Jct de l’Est grade separation:
Mascouche line work progress
As of May 25th 2013, work on AMT’s new flagship is about 70%
A fully graded roadbed between Mascouche and Repentigny, with rails and ties
currently being installed in the median of highway 640. Links:
New CTC signals installed but not yet in service between Repentigny (Le Gardeur)
and the begin/end 2MT switch at Pointe aux Trembles.
A second main track between Pointe aux Trembles and Montréal Nord.
High level platform at Repentigny station:
Work in progress at Anjou, St-Léonard, Ahuntsic, Sauvé, Rivière des Prairies and
Following an announced service increase on the St-Jérôme line by August 2013,
AMT expects a shortage of rolling stock to occur at the beginning of 2014, when
a significant amount of Multilevel cars and dual-mode ALP-45DP’s will be
diverted to the Deux-Montagne and Mascouche lines. Twenty-four single-level
Bombardier coaches (700’s) will be deployed on the Candiac line later this
year, releasing 20 Multilevel cars, but this will not be sufficient to meet
demand on all lines. AMT is requesting funding to proceed with the acquisition
of 24 additionnal Bombardier Multilevel cars (3000’s) to ease the crunch and
allow service expansion on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line by 2015, when the
rebuilding of the Turcot highway interchange will be in full swing.
Quebec’s Minister of Transportation has announced a feasability study to
implement a new commuter rail line serving St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Much awaited
in St-Jean, the new line would either run on CP’s Adirondack subdivision as an
extension of the existing Candiac line, or would run on CN’s Rouses Point
subdivision to link with the planned Champlain Bridge LRT line near the existing
Chevrier terminal. It is however unlikely that CN would agree running the
St-Jean trains all the way to Central Station because of ongoing capacity
concerns on the Victoria Bridge.
Link (in French):
AMT is currently negotiating with CN to purchase the Deux-Montagnes subdivision
between Central Station and the end of the track in St-Eustache Nord. CN will
retain trackage rights between Jct de l’Est and Val Royal to reach its isolated
Doney Spur, itself also being eyed by AMT for a future LRT to Fairview. This
move would allow AMT to further increase service on the Deux-Montagnes line and
reduce operating cost.
AMT will implement the first phase of several safety improvements in the Mount
Royal tunnel by the end of 2013. These measures are deemed essential by Service
de Sécurité Incendie de Montréal (SIM) to allow the safe passage of diesel-ladden
ALP-45DP locomotives in the old tunnel, which currently has no emergency exit,
sprinkler or ventilation system of any sort. AMT will build a sidewalk along
the track in the tunnel and install a new communication system, and provide a
mobile ventilation system at Central Station should a fire occur.
The second round of improvements, which shall include blue-lighted safety
stations (much like their counterparts in STM’s Metro), a permanent ventilation
system, as well as smoke and heat detectors.
Link (in French):
STM Cote des Neiges LRT
On April 24th 2013, the city of Montreal finally released a
long-awaited, yet previously hidden report detailing the planned implementation
of its first modern streetcar line that will run on Chemin de la Cote des Neiges
from Jean-Talon to downtown, including a loop line around the historic
neighborhood on Boul. Rene Levesque, Berri, de la Commune and Peel streets.
Link to the report, (documents in French):
In short, the 13.2 km line would have 32 stations and run on dedicated r.o.w
over its whole length (with road and parking space being shrunken to make way
for the rails and stations). A maintenance and overnight parking facility would
be built near the intersection of Jean-Talon and de la Savane. Ridership is
estimated at 26.6M of daily riders, providing a 88% cost recovery ratio. Total
cost is estimated at 849M$, which amounts to 64.3M$ per km.
Since no funding mechanism has been identified so far, the new line would enter
service in 2021 at earliest.
The line on Cote des Neiges would be the first of a planned light rail network
that would also see a new line built on Park Avenue and along the CP r.o.w. to
Marche Central, as well as possible future extensions further East on
Notre-Dame, Pie IX and Henri-Bourassa, and further West to Lachine along the
Municipal party Project Montreal is also suggesting building new light rail
lines on Boul. St-Laurent, Mount Royal Avenue, Masson St and within Centre St on
Montreal Commuter Vignette
Glenn Courtney photographed CN
train #955 with a pair of CN Box Cab electrics are stopped at the station in Val
Royal, QC while the switch is thrown which will allow it to go around the
loop, and head back to Central Station in downtown Montreal.
In May, the Ontario Provincial Government and GO Transit announced a new GO
Transit bus storage and maintenance facility is to be built in East Gwillimbury,
ON. This storage and maintenance facility will allow easy access to Highway 404
to meet increased demand for GO express service. It will include indoor bus
storage for up to 36 buses and outdoor storage for four buses; indoor service
bays for fuelling, bus wash, inspection, cleaning and running repairs; building
service support areas including equipment and storage rooms; and staff
facilities and parking.
The facility will aim to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification through the use of energy efficient systems, such as bus wash
water recycling and other green initiatives. It will also feature an on-site
fuelling station that will result in less travelling for buses not in service,
saving money, time and reducing gas emissions. The expected completion date for
this project is June
2014. The total cost of the project is estimated at $20.5
million. The Government of Canada and
the Government of Ontario are each contributing up to $9.05
million, funded through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a $500-million joint
investment announced by the federal and provincial governments. The
Government of Ontario through Metrolinx is contributing the remaining amount.
GO Transit is Metrolinx's regional public transit system linking Toronto with
the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area. Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, has developed a
25-year, integrated, regional transportation plan, The Big Move, which
identifies York Region as an area that will see significant growth in the future
and that will require infrastructure investments. GO currently carries about 65
million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services that
spans more than 11,000 square kilometres. For more information on Metrolinx, The
Big Move or
GO Transit, visit www.metrolinx.com.
Big Move or GO Transit, visit www.metrolinx.com.
GO is offering later service on the bus routes. Operation until at least 2am will
be implemented on train-bus runs on most of its corridors. Further details and
schedules are outlined on GO's site.
Construction on the multilevel parking garage at Clarkson GO station is
Bloor GO Station is currently undergoing renovations in preparation for
increased service on the Kitchener corridor and for the upcoming implementation
of the Union-Pearson Airport express trains. The south track (west) platform has
already been demolished, with the north track (east) platform to follow.
Photos on Metrolix's Facebook page:
New Toronto Rocket set 5721-5726 is the latest
new TR in service.
While a few remain in service at this writing,
the mid-70's vintage H5 subway cars continue to
be retired and trucked off-site, now to Buffalo
NY for EKO Rail to refurbish them for the Lagos
(Nigeria) light rail project.
No further happenings with the new LRT/streetcars
have been noted.
The West Coast Express runs between Mission, BC (MP 87.0 CP Cascade Sub) and
Vancouver's Waterfront Station (MP 129.1 CP Cascade Sub Monday to Friday. There
are five trains that travel West from Mission in the morning and the five trains
return to Mission in the Evening.
For further information and schedules please check out the West Coast Express
In last month’s report I covered the Eastern most West Coast Express
station in Mission, BC.
In this month’s report, we’ve moved west to the Port Haney Station at MP 103 on
CP’s Cascade Sub.
The Port Haney Station is located in the City of Maple Ridge, BC on the North
side of the tracks next to the Fraser River.
The Historic “Billy Miner Pub” is located a short block East on River Road from
PORT HANEY WEST COAST EXPRESS STATION (MP 103.0 CASCADE SUB)
A photo of the Port Haney station platform looking westward.
A photo of the Port Haney station platform looking eastward.
The next photo is an elevated view from the sidewalk along River Road.
In this photo you can see the Fraser River along side the CP mainline.
In the distance is the Port Hammond Lumber Mill along the river. It’s located
at about 10 o’clock from the boat in the river.
The next two photos are of the main structure of the Port Haney Station.
Last, we have a photo of a westbound morning train heading for Vancouver with
WCE #902 pushing from the rear of the train. At this point the train is slowing
to a stop at the Port Haney Station. This photo was taken back in July 2006.
If our readers have any West Coast Express photos that you’d like to share on
the CRO, please send them to me, and we’ll post them in a future CRO report.
AMTRAK IN CANADA
Edited By Terry Muirhead
Amtrak 470 (EMD F59PHI), in the “King Tut” wrap passed by in the early morning
of May 1st at Mile 147.0 on the CN New Westminster Sub. The King Tut
exhibition was finished January 6th in Seattle.
WA so one wonders how long this locomotive will be decorated like this. As the
forecast was for clear skies, and Andy Cassidy figured he’d get up early and
head over to the Lake City Spur on the CN New Westminster Sub and catch him
there. I figured he’d be coming into the sunlit corridor there, but that was not
quite the case when I got there as the sun was still below the tree line. He was
hoping he’d be on the West Track to allow me a decent distance to get a good
side shot of the wrap. The scanner chat indicated a CN Transfer was heading
North just near the time he figured Amtrak 513 would be passing by him heading
South. Fortunately the CN train came by pulling hard on the West (far), track
with AMTK 470 on the point of the Talgo trainset) and AMTK 90252 NPCU (Non
Powered Control Unit, Ex EMD F40PHR), as he went by and under the Highway 1