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Old April 8th, 2007, 12:08 PM   #1561
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Great info thanks do u have so more flix of the trains ??
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Old April 8th, 2007, 08:45 PM   #1562
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Hey good job! Thanks for putting it all together like this! Makes for a great overview of the system.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 10:14 PM   #1563
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Great info thanks do u have so more flix of the trains ??
Nope, not at the moment. But more pictures of both the interior and exterior will be released when the train is officially unveiled in the coming weeks or months.
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Recent construction pictures:



Looking west at the completed Middle Arm Bridge Structure. In late April or early May 2007 launching Gantry LG1 will complete the erection of the beams on the east side of the bridge and then walk over the bridge to complete the erection of the beams on the west side of the bridge.





Looking north towards the completed Middle Arm Bridge




Excavation of Vancouver City Centre Station looking North - February 2007





Cut & cover roll over structure on Cambie Street between 20th Ave and King Edward. The two guideway tunnels transition from being side by side to one above the other. This photo was taken near King Edward and the tunnels are almost on above the other.





The transition from cut and cover tunnel to elevated guideway at 63rd Ave on Cambie Street.





The elevated guideway structure being constructed under the Oak Street Bridge, looking towards the Bridgeport Operations & Maintenance Centre.






Launching Grantry L2 has been relocated from the airport to the north end of No. 3 Road and is erecting beems heading south to Richmond Centre.






Launching Gantry LG1 just south of Bridgeport Station being positioned to erect the Airport single track guideway up and over the guideway the goes to Richmond Centre.





The completed cut & cover tunnel near 33rd Avenue.






The elevated guideway moving south towards Richmond City Centre.







Completed guideway at Vancouver International Airport at Sea Island.






Looking west towards the Templeton Station site from the last elevated span between the bridge and Templeton Station. Templeton Station is located on an At-Grade section of guideway.





Bridgeport guideway







Special precast box beam structure over Railway Tracks and Bridgeport Guideway & Station Structure. Below, cleared land, is the future Operations & Maintenance Centre.









Yaletown-Roundhouse Station Excavation - February 2007

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Old April 8th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #1565
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Tunnel Boring Machine at Olympic Village Station Entrance pit - June 10, 2006.

The dark circles are tunnels that have been mined to the south to provide room to manoeuvre the work trains that service the TBM.





Commemorative Starting of the Tunnel Boring Machine





Close up shot - Tunnel Boring Machine cutting face.




The Head Unit of the Tunnel Boring Machine is now fully into the Ground.






Bored Tunnel Entrance. The 83 metre long Tunnel Boring Machine is now completely underground.




Concrete segment being put in place at the bored tunnel.




Tunnel under False Creek - The large black duct at the top carries fresh air into the tunnel. The pipes and cables carry services to the Tunnel Boring Machine.





The Bored Tunnel Under Davie Street






March 1, 2007 - The Tunnel Boring Machine breaking through at the Vancouver City Centre Station Site (Granville Street between Robson and Georgia (VIDEO OF BREAKTHROUGH: http://canadaline.ca/videos.asp)




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A big boring Canada Line milestone
Apr, 08 2007 - 9:40 AM

VANCOUVER - A milestone has been reached in construction of the Canada Line.

Premier Gordon Campbell and other dignitaries were on hand as the giant tunnel boring machine broke through the ground on Granville Street near Hastings - the future site of the Canada Line Waterfront Station.
The tunnel which starts at 2nd Avenue near False Creek, is 2.5 kilometers in length and took ten months to complete.

Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan was mesmorized watching history unfold and says "it's just incredible to see it in front of my eyes" given the technology used to move such a large amount of earth.

Campbell says the project will reduce up to 14,000 tonnes of green house gas emission by the year 2020.

When the line is finished, it will take 25 minutes to get from the Airport to Vancouver.

The boring machine will now be disassembled and transported back to the 2nd avenue worksite to start a second tunnel.






An engineering Goliath helps build the Canada Line





Apr 07 2007

An engineering Goliath crossed a major north Richmond intersection this week.

The LG2, Canada Line project’s overhead crane that lays sections of guideway along concrete columns, began moving across the No. 3 Road and Sea Island Way intersection early in the week.

By Thursday afternoon, a completed guideway section hovered over the intersection, along with the massive crane.

Three-metre guideway segments are pre-cast, brought to the site by truck and lifted into place with the crane. The segments are fixed together to form a completed section.

Usual vehicle and pedestrian traffic was disrupted during the work.

The 19-kilometre, $2.05-billion rapid transit project, connecting Lulu Island with the airport and Vancouver, is scheduled to be complete by December 2009.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 11:23 PM   #1567
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Thanks for putting this together!

The stations are ultra-bland, I think this may be the dullest Olympic games ever in terms of architecture.
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Thanks for putting this together!

The stations are ultra-bland, I think this may be the dullest Olympic games ever in terms of architecture.
it's sort of like the Expo Line, since all of the stations have the exact same design.
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Old April 9th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #1569
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Do you know if there will be any sidings in the tunnel sections? So far the only one I can see will be just east of Bridgeport Station.
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Old April 9th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #1570
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it's sort of like the Expo Line, since all of the stations have the exact same design.

I thought that there are several different architects that are designing a cluster of stations at a time.
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I thought that there are several different architects that are designing a cluster of stations at a time.
Yea, there are.....so i guess the Canada Line is like the Expo Line but not nearly as bad lol.

Design clusters:

- Waterfront, Vancouver City Centre, Yaletown-Roundhouse

- Olympic Village, Broadway-City Hall

- King Edward, Oakridge-41st, Langara-49th

- Marine Drive

- Bridgeport

- Templeton, Sea Island Centre, YVR-Airport

- Aberdeen, Lansdowne, Richmond Centre-Brighouse
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Do you know if there will be any sidings in the tunnel sections? So far the only one I can see will be just east of Bridgeport Station.
I don't recall any sidings in the tunnel. Waterfront Sation will be a centre platform, so off peak, they could store a train on one side and use the other for service. Not sure if the other termini with single track will have overrun past the platforms where they could store a train. Presumably, it's cheaper to build sidings at the OMC than in a tunnel. Not sure about the requency of crossovers.
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Old April 9th, 2007, 04:01 PM   #1573
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It is really a great news that we can take a train from the airport to downtown in the future!
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For Immediate Release
April 7, 2007

Office of the Premier - Government of British Columbia - Ministry of Transportation
CANADA LINE REACHES LANDMARK BREAKTHROUGH

VANCOUVER – Canada Line’s tunnel boring machine (TBM) achieved a milestone today when it broke through the ground north of Pender Street at Granville, the future site of the Canada Line Waterfront Station.

“This is an important breakthrough for us all,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “The city, the region and the province will all benefit. It shows the power of partnership in opening the Pacific Gateway while we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic growth. Compact and healthy urban development helps make public transit work and it’s estimated that this one project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14,000 tons by 2021.”

The arrival of the TBM into the Waterfront Station excavation pit signifies the completion of the first of two bored tunnels beneath downtown Vancouver. Premier Campbell noted that the work has been accomplished with no lost time injuries as he presented a certificate recognizing that achievement to Andrea Ciamei, project manager for the SLCP-SELI Joint Venture, which is building the bored tunnels.

“This tunnel breakthrough means we are one step closer to connecting Greater Vancouver’s main business districts, which will support the growth and continued prosperity of the region,” said Ed Fast, MP for Abbotsford. “Canada’s New Government is proud to be involved in Canada’s largest transportation infrastructure project, which will contribute to a healthy environment within the Greater Vancouver area.”

“Like the launch of the TBM from its starting place at Olympic Village* Station last June, the completion of the first tunnel is a milestone for the construction project,” said TransLink chair Malcolm Brodie. “Looking forward, the Canada Line will ensure a more convenient and sustainable transportation option for people in the important north-south corridor that connects Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver International Airport.”

“The completion of this tunnel marks another milestone in a project that will change the face of transportation in the region, and provide an efficient and sustainable transportation option for airport employees and passengers,” added Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Berg. “The Canada Line will add to the status of YVR as being one of the world’s top airports.”

The TBM machine will now be disassembled and transported back to the 2nd Ave worksite near False Creek to start the second tunnel, which will be completed in the spring of 2008.

The tunnel is 2.5 km in length and has taken 10 months to complete. Approximately 10,000 pre-fabricated concrete lining segments have been used to make the tunnel walls. The tunnel is 5.3 metres in internal diameter and varies in depth between 10 and 30 metres.

The Canada Line rapid transit system will run fully separate from traffic between the transportation hub at Waterfront Centre in Vancouver, the heart of Richmond’s civic precinct, and Vancouver International Airport. With 16 stations, two bridges, over nine km of tunnel, parking and bus facilities, and transit capacity equivalent to 10 road lanes, the Canada Line will be an important new link in the regional transportation network.

The Government of Canada and the government of British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink), and Vancouver International Airport Authority are funding the Canada Line, which is also supported by the Cities of Vancouver and Richmond. The project is overseen by Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. (CLCO), a subsidiary of TransLink. The line is being designed, built, operated, maintained and partially financed by InTransitBC.
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* Use of “Olympic Village” as a station name is subject to an acceptable license agreement being concluded between the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and TransLink and the approval of such license by the International Olympic Committee.
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North Arm Fraser River Canada Line Bridge Crossing construction progress - April 2007




Main Structural Supports for YVR-Airport Station - April 2007




An older photo of the cut & cover tunnel at 33rd Avenue:
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New pics from the Canada Line website:

The elevated guideway structure being constructed under the Oak Street Bridge.


Launching Girder LG1 erecting fly over west of Bridgeport Station (this is the inbound track from YVR to Bridgeport Station, the track below is the double track to/from Richmond Centre)


Elevated Guideway under Oak Street Bridge


Guideway through Operation and Maintenance Centre


Operation and Maintenance Centre Building


North Arm Bridge Tower N1


North Arm Bridge Tower S1


Track fasteners placed on Airport at-grade Guideway


Crossover track installation on Airport Elevated Guideway
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Templeton Station and Sea Island Centre Station diagrams have been added to their station posts.
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Great shots there! Thanks for posting them.

Pity about the short platforms though - does seem a little short-sighted. Also, why is it called the Canada Line? Couldn't something more original be used?

Sorry, not meaning to be critical.
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Great shots there! Thanks for posting them.

Pity about the short platforms though - does seem a little short-sighted.
At first I thought Canada Line's 40m platforms (some will be 50m) will be the shortest in the world but then I found out through http://www.urbanrail.net/index.html that Lille, Toulouse and Rennes in France have metros with 26m platforms (some are 52m and others can be extended to 52m). But the difference between those cities and Vancouver is that they have metro area populations of just over 1 million or less, Vancouver's metro population is over 2 million.
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Great shots there! Thanks for posting them.

Pity about the short platforms though - does seem a little short-sighted. Also, why is it called the Canada Line? Couldn't something more original be used?

Sorry, not meaning to be critical.
Unfortunately, it's part of the contract the project team had with the federal government in exchange for their $400 million contribution, thus "Canada Line". It's quite unnecessary, I think the government would have funded the project with or without the name since afterall, it's their duty. And since this is the Line to the airport, therefore it's the line to the rest of Canada.

The other name that was considered was "Olympic Line"....but project planners didn't want people to think this was an Olympic project.

It's a pretty bad name....like "China Line" or "Australia Line" or "America Line".
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