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Old January 30th, 2014, 04:40 AM   #381
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Old January 30th, 2014, 04:54 AM   #382
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Opinion: News of Via Rail’s death is barely exaggerated
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Old March 12th, 2014, 05:18 AM   #383
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Seen near Montréal, this Canadian National train pulls a heavy axle load car carrying a Francis turbine, bound for LG2 hydroeletric power station in northern Québec. LG2 (short for La Grande 2, on La Grande rivière in James Bay) is worlds largest underground hydroelectric power station. With an installed capacity of 5 616 MW, it is Canada's first and the world's 8th most powerful hydroelectric power station. With the adjacent LG2A power station, the total capacity of the complex exceeds 7 700 MW.

This special railcar was designed and built by Hydro-Québec for the exclusive use of carrying the huge turbines. This turbine was manufactured by Alstom in Sorel.



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Old April 1st, 2014, 07:19 AM   #384
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Union Pearson Express station under construction at Union Station, Toronto.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 12:29 AM   #385
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A aerial view of Toronto's Union Station and its glass atrium under construction by Vik Pahwa
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Old April 6th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #386
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Rail decking for a park a few blocks down can't come soon enough. What an amazing spot that would become for Toronto..... especially when the Jays are playing.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:28 PM   #387
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Rail decking? Must the rail sector's terminology have instantaneously morphed .. .. when we weren't PAYING attention? Soooo, what are you fumblingly sowing in whatcha saying derr, luvvy, or must trains fly only in the centre of the universe derr?
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Old April 9th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #388
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Old April 9th, 2014, 06:47 AM   #389
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Well, since we aren't getting the HSR anytime soon, I'm going to post some miscellaneous.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/4840161331/
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BC Rail Railbus units TU-108 TU109 at Lillooet Station

These two 20 passenger Railbus units operate a daily service 34.9 miles between Darcy and Lillooet. It is sponsored by the Seton Lake Indian Band that manages bookings, revenue, marketing and customer service.

BC rail acquired the the 2 units from the Aluminum Car Company of Sacramento California. They are Ford Fairmont Motor Cars converted into 20 seat passenger cars and were originally to be used for excursions in California


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SLR 394 SLR / SLQ 805 RM-1 Richmond, Quebec Canada 09232005 ©Ian A. McCord

St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad 5 engine diesel electric locomotive freight train heads east / south out of the railway yard. The 805 is a road slug or mate made from ex CSXT EMD GP40 6848, exx CSXT 4093 originally built in 1971 as Chesapeake and Ohio C&O 4093.

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Algoma Central Railway coaches at stop in Agawa Canyon, Ontario.


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A special train for Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada operated over portions of the Canadian Pacific’s system in the summer of 2011. Here, GP38-2 No. 3084 leads the special at Harrogate, British Columbia, on July 16, 2011.


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Canadian train at Jasper, Alberta.

One lucky person actually gets paid to drive this train through the Rockies.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 10:34 AM   #390
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Say! how did those units skirt the must-be-outrageously-heavy-in-case-of-head-on-collision regulation, or must the line it plies have been downgraded to recreational class?
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Old April 15th, 2014, 05:44 AM   #391
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Union Station Revitalization, Toronto.

Apr 2014 - Union Station Revitalization Train Shed by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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Canada announces tank wagon safety changes
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CANADA: On April 23 Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced the federal government’s response to the initial recommendations arising from Transportation Safety Board of Canada's ongoing investigation into the July 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment.

With immediate effect, Transport Canada will:
  • ban DOT-111 tank cars which do not have continuous bottom reinforcement from carrying dangerous goods, although they can be repurposed to transport non-dangerous goods. This affects around 5 000 cars in North America;
  • require DOT-111 tank cars used to transport crude oil and ethanol that do not meet the standards published in January 2014 to be phased out or refitted within three years. New wagons are already being built to these standards and 55 000 have been ordered, representing nearly half of the current DOT-111 fleet used to transport flammable liquids;
  • require Emergency Response Assistance Plans for all trains with one or more wagons carrying crude oil, petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and ethanol;
  • create a task force bringing together municipalities, first responders, railways and shippers to strengthen emergency response capacity;
  • require railways to comply with revised operating practices, including reducing the speed of trains carrying dangerous goods to below 80 km/h.
Transport Canada is to formalise updated standards for DOT-111 cars this summer, and is working with stakeholders including the US regulatory agencies and industry to determine what additional requirements may be needed.

The Railway Association of Canada said it supported the new rules and would work with Transport Canada and other stakeholders to ensure compliance. The announcement was also supported by wagon manufacture The Greenbrier Companies, with CEO William A Furman saying it would offer ‘greater regulatory certainly on tank car standards’.

Canadian Pacific welcomed the rules regarding DOT-111 cars, but expressed ‘disappointment’ with ‘incomplete actions’ addressing human factors. ‘While we will comply with all the orders, I must again re-iterate that reducing train speeds does not address the causes of railway accidents, nor is it a solution to rail safety’, said CP Chief Executive E Hunter Harrison. ‘Human behaviours are a significant factor and should be the focus if the goal is to truly improve safety.’

CP said it would like regulatory changes to support the use of ‘inward facing cameras in locomotives to allow for compliance monitoring’ and a programme to reduce level crossing accidents.
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Radio news has been claiming there also now being a requirement that trains carrying volatile cargo never exceed 50MPH .. such speed is accomplished on the plains, plus I suspect the railway network that serves Lac-Mégantic bears an overall speed restriction set at 20MPH .. her Dishounourable Minister isn't accomplishing much; brake-setting practice remains ignored.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 09:26 AM   #395
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Construction of detour tracks as part of new South Blair St underpass at Whitby. This underpass will remove level crossing on the street, providing benefits both for cars and GO trains on Lakeshore East line. Map link:

1. Construction of the new south detour track is underway; looking west. by Metrolinx, on Flickr

2. Looking east at the new south detour track and track surfacing equipment. by Metrolinx, on Flickr

3. Construction of the new south detour track is underway; looking east. by Metrolinx, on Flickr

4. Installation of spikes in the new south detour track. by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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Old April 26th, 2014, 12:26 PM   #396
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If this is new track being laid why have wooden sleepers been chosen rather than concrete ones?
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If this is new track being laid why have wooden sleepers been chosen rather than concrete ones?
I'd said that this are detour tracks. They are detoured to allow site for clearance. Perhaps after the end of construction of underpass, they will lay concrete sleepers
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Thanks.

I get quite emotional about this issue...
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GO uses wooden sleepers. its entire network is built with them. its a general standard that needs to change, but they show little interest in doing so as they are cheaper and the speeds at which GO operates (90mph maximum) are within the acceptable speed limits of wooden sleepers.

That underpass project is part of the East maintenance facility, which will be a large train yard for train maintenance and storage. Currently GO only has a single yard capable of anything beyond the basics (refuelling, storage), this will be their second one.
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Old April 27th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #400
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But aren't concrete sleepers last longer, and have lower price per year of service?
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