GO Transit Series IV Bilevel cars

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GO Transit 2300-2341 and 224-241 are Can-Car Rail Bilevel coaches and cab cars built in 1989-1990.

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 allotted 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 third order of BiLevel cars that include some cars equipped with cabs. The cab is situated where the washroom is located in the coaches, but is larger than the cab in the Series II cars - as a result, the number of seats was reduced by 2.

These coaches were originally delivered as 2254-2295, but were renumbered into the 2300's prior to entering service.

In 1995, all of the coaches were modified for accessible service by installing flip-up benches in the lower level and doorway controls at the "A" end doorway, with a loss of 20 seats. With the arrival of the Series VI and Series VII accessible coaches, all of the Series IV accessible cars have been converted back into non-accesssible cars, but with only 156 seats as the fixed seats were spaced the same as the flip-up seats. Some cars from this series had remained in their accessible configuration (including retaining their flip-up seats and accessible ramps) until refurbishment in the mid-late 2000's (although they rarely if ever saw use as accessible cars).

Refurbishment

Both the Series III and Series IV Bilevels have undergone refurbishment from 2005 until July 2011. Refurbishment was done at Ontario Northland's shops in North Bay. Initial rebuilds were brought up to Series VII styling, which includes the following features:

  • Replacement of seat cushions to a blue and mottled yellow pattern, with blue vinyl headrests that wrap around back-to-back seats
  • Repainted creme ceilings and side walls with the end walls in a multi-toned grey mottled pattern and inter-car doors in flat grey
  • Addition of incandescent exterior doorway lights and door closing chimes
  • Cabs were expanded to the full width of the coach through rearranging the seats, adding a partition and door and adding a second end window

Cars rebuilt since late 2009 have had the following additional features that bring them up to the more recent Series VIII styling:

  • Headrests are taller and of a more square design
  • Exterior doorway lights and door closing indicators are LED
  • Exterior numbers are of a new, thinner font

This contract was seen as something as a coup for Ontario Northland, as all previous contracts to rebuilt equipment had gone to well-established companies with long records of contract rebuilding, such as Bombardier, Alstom and CLC-Capreol. ONR was not initially equipped to handle such a large-scale refurbishment, and delays have resulted in the contract's end date being pushed back from 2009 until July 2011.

Interior photos

Coaches

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date Serial
no.
Livery Notes
2300 GO Transit 2300-a.jpg 1989 88-85-1827 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First unit built.
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in December 2007.
2301 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in October 2007.
2302 1989-90 88-85-1829 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in September 2008.
2303 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in May 2008.
2304 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in December 2009.
2305 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in January 2010.
2306 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in March 2008.
2307 GO Transit 2307-b.jpg 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in October 2006.
2308 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in March 2007.
2309 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2310 1989-90 88-85-1837 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in December 2008.
2311 1989-90 88-85-1838 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt in 2007.
2312 1989-90 88-85-1838 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Former wrap car.
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in May 2007.
2313 GO Transit 2313-a.jpg 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Wrap car - currently wrapped for BMO-Bank of Montreal.
2314 GO Transit 2314-a.jpeg 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in September 2007.
2315 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in May 2008.
2316 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Former wrap car.
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in November 2008.
2317 1989-90 88-85-1844 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in May 2008.
2318 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in September 2007.
2319 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in January 2008.
2320 1989-90 88-85-1847 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2321 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Former wrap car.
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in September 2007.
2322 1989-90 88-85-1849 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Former wrap car.
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in December 2007.
2323 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2324 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2325 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in June 2009.
2326 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in July 2009.
2327 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in June 2009.
2328 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2329 GO Transit 2329-a.jpeg 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2330 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2331 1989-90 88-85-1858 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2332 1989-90 88-85-1859 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2333 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2334 GO Transit 2334-a.jpg 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2335 GO Transit 2335-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1862 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2336 GO Transit 2336-b.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1863 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2337 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2338 GO Transit 2338-b.jpg 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2339 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt in 2007.
2340 1989-90 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2341 1989-90 88-85-1868 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png

Cab cars

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date Serial
#
Status/Disposal Livery Notes
224 1989-90
Retired
1999
GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Traded to TRE 1999 along with 223 for 5 BiLevel coaches previously sold to them.
225 GO Transit 225-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1810 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in October 2016.
226 GO Transit 226-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in December 2007.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in July 2016.
227 GO Transit 227-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First cab car rebuilt by ONR.
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in August 2006.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in July 2016.
228 GO Transit 228-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1813 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in October 2009.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in June 2016.
229 GO Transit 229-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in March 2008.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2016.
230 GO Transit 230-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Had a collision with a truck near Dixie Go Station on Jan. 21, 2014.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in July 2016.
231 GO Transit 231-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in October 2009.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2016.
232 GO Transit 232-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1817 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in May 2009.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2016.
233 GO Transit 233-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1818 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in September 2008.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in July 2016.
234 GO Transit 234-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1819 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2016.
235 GO Transit 235-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in July 2016.
236 GO Transit 236-b.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in October 2007.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2016.
237 GO Transit 237-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1822 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in December 2007.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2016.
238 1989-90 88-85-1823 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in July 2008.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2016.
239 GO Transit 239-a.jpg 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service in 2008.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2016.
240 1989-90 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in October 2016.
241 GO Transit 241-a.jpg 1989-90 88-85-1826 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car rebuilt and returned to service summer 2010.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in March 2017.

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