GO Transit Series II Bilevel cars

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GO Transit 2100-2155 and 200-214 are Hawker Siddeley Canada Bilevel coaches and cab cars built in 1983-1984.

The Bilevel design (as it is now known) was arrived at expressly at GO Transit's behest. In the early 1970's, GO quickly found out that the single-level cars then being used were simply not able to provide the capacity required within the track time that they were been alloted by CN. After tests with leased "Gallery-style" equipment from C&NW and later CPR, it was decided that an entirely new car style would be the best way to attack the problem.

This was the first order of Bilevel cars that include some cars equipped with cabs. The cab is situated where the washroom is located in the coaches - as a result, the number of seats was reduced by 1.

Refurbishment

The Series II Bilevels underwent refurbishment from 2002 to 2004, and received features matching those in the Series VI cars. Refurbishment was split between Bombardier in Thunder Bay and Alstom in Montréal. Features of the refurbished coaches include:

  • Repainting of the ceiling and walls to a cream colour (much like the original colour)
  • Updated seats with improved ergonomics. Seat and back were reupholstered in a blue fabric with small light blue and yellow stitches, and the new headrests which wrap around back-to-back seats was done in a light blue vinyl.
  • Cabs were expanded to the full width of the coach. Seats were rearranged, a partition and door added, and a second end window added
  • Cars refurbished by Bombardier were delivered with tables and electrical outlets; tables were removed by 2004. These features were not a part of coaches refurbished by Alstom.

On August 7, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced that Ontario Northland will be refurbishing the 15 Series II cab cars at their Remanufacturing and Repair Centre in North Bay.[1] A contract for the refurbishment of the 56 remaining Series II Bilevel cars was awarded to Ontario Northland in April 2022.[2]

The first cab car, 206, returned from refurbishment in November 2022. These cars have had their cabs reactivated and have received the same livery as the CEM cab cars.

Coaches

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date Serial
number
Livery Notes
2100 GO Transit 2100-b.jpg 1983 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png First unit built.
2101 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2102 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2103 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2104 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2105 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2106 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2107 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2108 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2109 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First Series II BiLevel rebuilt, equipped with tables and electrical outlets.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2110 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2111 1983-84 82-85-1383 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2112 GO Transit 2112-b.jpg 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2113 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2114 GO Transit 2114-b.jpg 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2115 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2116 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2117 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2118 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2119 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2120 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2121 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2122 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2123 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2124 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2125 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2126 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2127 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2128 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2129 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2130 GO Transit 2130-a.jpg 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2131 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2132 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2133 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2134 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2135 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2136 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2137 GO Transit 2137-b.jpg 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2138 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2139 GO Transit 2139-b.jpg 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2140 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2141 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2142 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2143 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2144 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2145 GO Transit 2145-a.jpg 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2146 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2147 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2148 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2149 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2150 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2151 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2152 1983-84 82-85-1438 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
2153 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2154 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2155 1983-84 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png

Cab Cars

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Date Serial
#
Livery Notes
200 GO Transit 200-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First cab car unit built.
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in November 2016.
201 GO Transit 201-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in May 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by January 2024.
202 GO Transit 202-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by January 2024.
203 GO Transit 203-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by November 2023.
204 GO Transit 204-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in May 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by March 2023.
205 GO Transit 205-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in May 2016.
206 GO Transit 206-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Prototype for second refurbishment at Ontario Northland
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by November 2022
207 GO Transit 207-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in May 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by May 2023.
208 GO Transit 208-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in May 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by June 2023.
209 GO Transit 209-a.jpeg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by November 2023.
210 GO Transit 210-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
211 GO Transit 211-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • First cab car rebuilt.
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in May 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by October 2023.
212 GO Transit 212-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Equipped with tables and electrical outlets when rebuilt.
  • Tables removed in 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by February 2023.
213 GO Transit 213-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in July 2016.
214 GO Transit 214-a.jpg 1984 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
  • Refurbished and reactivated as cab by August 2023.

References

  1. Ontario Northland Gets Ready for Metrolinx Refurbishment Work. Press release. 07 August 2019. Ontario Northland Transportation Commission.
  2. Ontario Supporting Manufacturing Jobs in North Bay. Press release. 08 April 2022. Government of Ontario.


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