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Old September 10th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #1921
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YVR Station pictures - September 9th 2007

I was out at YVR this morning and I brought along my camera.

YVR LINK Building and the YVR Canada Line station under construction. One can begin to see where the pedestrian concourse will be located to connect the station to the Link building.

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Zoom of the Link Building.

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Single track section of the guideway leading to the YVR station.

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YVR Canada Line station and the Link Building from the other side.

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Interior of the Link Building, concourse area.

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Old September 10th, 2007, 04:31 AM   #1922
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^ you were at the Link Building and you only took ONE photo????? what's wrong with you?!!!!

j/k!

great pics, thx for sharing. The Link Building looks great, follows the airport design...one thing i did notice are those lights. Everywhere else in the airport they're green, but here it's white. And it does look wider than the existing international check-in, good for movement.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 09:44 AM   #1923
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Old September 11th, 2007, 09:55 AM   #1924
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More pictures from TAFYRN taken on September 7th:

YVR-Airport Station














Sea Island Centre Station (fencing along the at-grade guideway is being installed)




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Old September 11th, 2007, 10:07 AM   #1925
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Yay! Good to see these pics. Thanks. Interesting to see how the seats are oriented - one side pointing in the opposite direction of the other. Is that a permanent open space I see? Or have they simply not installed the seats yet? Perhaps for luggage?
It looks like a permanent open space - for luggage carrying passengers, bikes and wheelchairs. You can see a railing behind the seat in front of it and along the wall. Those do not exist near the other seats.

I also like the seats along the wall near the gangway - nice open spaces.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #1926
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Canada Line tunnelling firm denies union's pay allegations
Contracts front pages were not altered, labour board told

Jonathan Woodward, Vancouver Sun
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The company building the Canada Line said Monday there was no conspiracy to pay 39 Latin American workers labouring on a section of the line less than their Canadian counterparts.

In final arguments before the B.C. Labour Relations Board, lawyers for the SNC Lavalin-Seli Canada joint venture denied allegations that it fraudulently altered the workers' contracts and then covered it up.

"This panel should come to the inescapable conclusion that the union's allegations are based almost entirely on conjecture, innuendo and a genuine dislike for this employer," lawyer Craig Munroe told Labour Relations Board vice-chair Philip Topalian.

The company, boring parallel tunnels under downtown Vancouver, has been under the microscope in a series of complaints to the LRB, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the provincial Employment Standards Branch over its treatment of foreign workers.

The Construction and Specialized Workers Union Local 1611 has alleged the company, which was originally paying the workers $12,000 US per year, unilaterally altered their contract to raise their pay to $20,000 US after they joined the union in mid-2006.

That undermined the union's bargaining powers and let the company set a wage that was below local labour standards, said the union in its filings.

The workers now are netting about $20,000 US per year, roughly $14 an hour, plus room and board -- about three times what they would make in their own countries but $10 per hour less than the $23 to $24 an hour, plus $4-per-hour benefits, being paid to most local union workers, the union says.

In its own final submissions, the union alleged that the first page of each worker's contract was changed to read $20,000, and then company executives stapled and re-stapled the pages to cover their tracks.

In a hearing in May, Local 1611 brought in a retired RCMP document examiner who said the first page was not prepared with the same font, the same printer, or at the same time as the other pages.

The pages are different because a general contract was printed, and then employee-specific information was added to the first page later, said Munroe. "The union has fastened onto any small inconsistency or administrative error as proof of its claim," he said.

The hearing continues today.

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Old September 12th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #1927
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More pictures from TAFYRN taken on September 11th:



Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. Note that the tunnel boring machine has arrived at the station.












Note the pillars on the Yaletown station platform.











Yaletown-Roundhouse Station entrance work








Vancouver City Centre Station (more pillars, also look at renderings/drawings)





What looks like the emergency staircase and tunnel ventilation fan shaft?










Templeton Station platform


If the station is partially hidden to our left, then what is the structure they are building in the middle of the picture?



Fencing along the at-grade guideway











What are these?




Sea Island Centre Station




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Old September 13th, 2007, 03:04 AM   #1928
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Tunnel Boring Machine in Yaletown Station


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I took these while on a walk this afternoon. I am thrilled I was able to catch a glimpse of it before it continues on to the Vancouver City Centre station.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 05:38 AM   #1929
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Sorry, I'm kind of shaking my head looking at the shots here, coz I've a feeling it's all being built without any concession for possible conversion into mass transit. What I'm seeing's mostly sad, no? I imagine Vancouver's growth being kind of boundless, no? I'm thinking of Scarborough's crisis with its now-obsolete network of its own facsimile of this technology being photographed here.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:16 AM   #1930
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I think the feeling here, at least with the Vancouver forumers, is that we're just happy to be getting more rapid transit. The only major complaint is in regards to the short 40 meter platforms. Even so, there's always the option to run another line down another route if it ever comes to that. The technology for this, unlike Skytrain, is not the same as the LRT in Scarborough.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #1931
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I'm thinking of Scarborough's crisis with its now-obsolete network of its own facsimile of this technology being photographed here.
I wonder how things would be if the Scarborough RT had been extended west along Eglinton....perhaps the line would be all the way to airport by now? With the Etobicoke RT under construction or complete as well?

Could Toronto have made the Scarborough RT work?

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Old September 13th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #1932
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Video

A video has been posted on the Canada line website showing the first test of a Canada line vechile in Korea.

http://www.canadaline.ca/videos.asp
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A video has been posted on the Canada line website showing the first test of a Canada line vechile in Korea.

http://www.canadaline.ca/videos.asp
thanks.

i hope that background noise isn't from the train, just static.


after watching that video, it really states the case of why the entire train should be painted.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 09:59 AM   #1934
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thanks.

i hope that background noise isn't from the train, just static.


after watching that video, it really states the case of why the entire train should be painted.
I actually think it's part of the train. Looks like the train's noise is quite similar to the Rotem trains used in Athens Metro. But then I think the sound quality of the video is poor, so the trains should be a bit quieter than that.

But damn, the front part, esp near the bottom, of the train looks so fugly. It's as if that part doesn't match the rest of the train.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npPTF...elated&search=
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I kinda like the look of the train yet at the same time dislike it a bit. Generally, the face looks a little like the MK IIs. But the body should be painted as well, that'd give it a sleek look. People might then make the association between SkyTrain and the Canada Line.
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I'm going to hold off my final judgment until they add the livery to the front of the train and blend it to the base colour.

However am I to understand that the body of the train will be that matte gray metal colour? I took stainless steel to mean a chrome-like finish.

None the less, I like the overall look of the train.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 02:52 AM   #1937
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Rather than only painting the heads of the train, I'd prefer if they didn't paint it at all to give the look of the train more balance (which means not painting the fronts white). But I agree with Vancouverite, i'd like to wait until they unveil it to judge the livery design.

I was also expecting a shiny stainless steel exterior.....what we are seeing seems a bit dull. Something like the new Los Angeles LRT vehicles (note how the trains haven't been painted and sleek they look, plus the shiny stainless steel exterior):
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If they are going to paint the train, paint the entire thing white.....or at least create a livery design that gives balance like the Athens metro trains with a simple orange stripe. How hard/expensive can it be to paint an entire train, especially white?

We would have some of the most beautiful trains around if the vehicles were painted entirely white with the Canada Line logo swoosh (similar to the SkyTrain blue/yellow swoosh).....however, excluding the terrible "Canada Line" font.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 06:25 AM   #1938
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This is interesting, a version of Bombardier's ALRT Mark II cars for the Beijing airport railway which looks like it uses overhead power

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Beijing Capital International Airport Link's ART MK II Vehicles Debut in Changchun





On Sep. 7, the first train, which comprises 4 ART (Advanced Rapid Transit) MK II vehicles, that is to be used for Beijing Capital International Airport Link connecting Dongzhimen Station to the Beijing Capital International Airport using Bombardier's ART technology made its debut in Changchun.

In March 2006, Bombardier received an order from Changchun Railway Vehicles (CRC) as part of a contract awarded to CRC by the Beijing Dongzhimen Airport Express Rail Co. Ltd. for the supply of 40 ART MK II vehicles for the Beijing Capital International Airport Link.

It is known that Bombardier participates in project management and is responsible for vehicle systems engineering and integration, design and manufacture of the bogies as well as the propulsion and braking systems while Changchun Railway Vehicles (CRC) manufactures the 40 ART MK II vehicles.

Once fully operational, the airport link will serve four different stations: Dongzhimen, Sanyuanqiao, Beijing Capital International Airport's Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Passengers will be able to interchange trains conveniently at the Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao Stations, where connections to the 2008 Olympic village will be available.

In addition, a special lounge at the Dongzhimen Station will allow passengers to initiate flight-boarding procedures before arriving at the airport as well.
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That is a very handsome young train.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #1940
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There are some cool YouTube videos of the Canada Line's Operations & Maintenance Centre perimeter security system. They are using what's called the "Optical Fibre Intrusion Detection System" or OFIPDS. I'm not sure how it exactly works, but somehow it detects abnormal fence vibrations and alerts the OMC of a potential intrusion into the facility, and it directs CCTV cameras to the location(s).

I wonder if the system comes with amber lights and sirens. :p


OFIPIDS OMC Security Presentation



OFIPIDS OMC Outdoor Components



OFIPIDS Testing at OMC



OFIPIDS Post-Testing Site Issues at OMC



OMC Site Audit/Description - noise, truck traffic, and vibration issues



According to the last video, there has been one person cutting into the OMC fence and trying to steal aluminum.
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