GO Transit Series I Bilevel cars

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GO Transit 2000-2079 are Hawker Siddeley Canada Bilevel coaches built between 1976 and 1978 at a cost of $35 million ($437,500 a piece) (1976 $CDN). The 80 cars of this order was at the time GO's largest single order of equipment. When delivered, starting in March 1977, they were used predominantly on the Lakeshore Corridor but soon made it to other lines as services were added and ridership increased.

The BiLevel design (as it is now known) was arrived at expressly at GO Transit's behest. In the early 1970s, 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 design would be the best way to attack the problem.

In the late-1990s, in the midst of a funding cutback and ridership slump, GO would sell 16 coaches to TRE, along with F59 locomotives 565-568. A year later, GO exchanged 5 of the coaches for two cab cars, 223 and 224. One other car, 2010, would be bought outright by GO.

Refurbishment

These cars underwent their first refurbishment starting in 1998, giving them more modern features and interior. A portion were refurbished by CAD Railway Services and the remaining portion were done by GEC Alsthom. Refurbished coaches have the following features:

  • Updated seats with improved ergonomics and taller headrests
  • New flooring
  • Ten coaches were fitted with power outlets, tables (since removed), and black-based cloth seats (since reupholstered in the current blue-based fabric) to solicit customer input
  • Coach 2036 received an updated bulkhead wall styling in a mottled lavender pattern, with the end doors painted lavender

As of the second half of 2015, the Series I Bilevels are undergoing a second refurbishment. The contract, which included the Series V coaches, was awarded to CAD Railway Services. Refurbished coaches have the following features added:

  • Replacement of seat cushions to pale green fabric and taller warm grey vinyl headrests
  • New grey ceilings and side walls, with the end walls in a multi-toned grey mottled pattern and inter-car doors in flat grey
  • Addition of LED exterior step lights and closing chimes

Interior photos

Coaches

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date Serial
number
Status/Disposal Livery Notes
2000 1976 77-85-0911 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1997

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png First unit built.
2001 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1997

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2002 GO Transit 2002-b.jpg 1976-78 77-85-0913 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in October 2016.
2003 GO Transit 2003-a.jpg 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2018.
2004 1976-78 77-85-0915 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2005 1976-78 77-85-0916 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2018.
2006 GO Transit 2006-b.jpg 1976-78 77-85-0917 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2018.
2007 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2018.
2008 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in January 2018.
2009 1976-78 77-85-0920 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Rebuilt by CAD-Lachine.
  • Equipped with electrical outlets.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2017.
2010 1976-78 77-85-0921 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Sold to TRE in 1998.
  • Re-purchased by GO in 1999.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in December 2018.
2011 GO Transit 2011-a.jpg 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Sold to TRE in 1998.
  • Traded back for 223 and 224 in 1999.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2018.
2012 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Sold to TRE in 1998.
  • Traded back for 223 and 224 in 1999.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in January 2018.
2013 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2014 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2015 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Sold to TRE in 1998.
  • Traded back for 223 and 224 in 1999.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2018.
2016 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2017 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2018 1976-78 77-85-0929 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in January 2017.
2019 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Sold to TRE in 1998.
  • Traded back for 223 and 224 in 1999.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in May 2017.
2020 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2021 1976-78 77-85-0932 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Sold to TRE in 1998.
  • Traded back for 223 and 224 in 1999.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2017.
2022 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2023 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2024 1976-78 Retired

Sold to TRE in 1998

GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2025 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in December 2018.
2026 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2018.
2027 GO Transit 2027-a.jpg 1976-78 77-85-0938 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in May 2019.
2028 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2018.
2029 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2018.
2030 1976-78 77-85-0941 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Wrapped for Ontario Science Centre.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in May 2019.
2031 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in December 2018.
2032 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in September 2017.
2033 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Wrapped for Pan Am Games 2015 (Ontario Yours to Discover)
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in January 2017.
2034 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in December 2017.
2035 GO Transit 2035-a.jpg 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in October 2019.
2036 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in September 2016.
2037 GO Transit 2037-a.jpg 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2018.
2038 1976-78 77-85-0949 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2019.
2039 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2040 1976-78 77-85-0951 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2017.
2041 1976-78 77-85-0952 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2017.
2042 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2017.
2043 GO Transit 2043-a.jpg 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February/March 2019.
2044 1976-78 77-85-0955 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February/March 2019.
2045 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in December 2017.
2046 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in August 2019.
2047 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2017.
2048 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in September 2016.
2049 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2017.
2050 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2017.
2051 GO Transit 2051-a.jpg 1976-78 77-85-0962 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in October 2016.
2052 1976-78 77-85-0963 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2018.
2053 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in May 2018.
2054 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2019.
2055 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2018.
2056 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2018.
2057 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in July 2018.
2058 1976-78 77-85-0969 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2018.
2059 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2018.
2060 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in August 2019.
2061 1976-78 77-85-0972 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in September 2016.
2062 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in July 2019.
2063 1976-78 77-85-0974 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in December 2017.
2064 GO Transit 2064-a.jpg 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in August 2017.
2065 1976-78 77-85-0976 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2019.
2066 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in June 2018.
2067 1976-78 77-85-0978 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in September 2019.
2068 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in January 2018.
2069 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2017.
2070 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery by 2018.
2071 1976-78 77-85-0982 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png *Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2018.
2072 1976-78 77-85-0983 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in July 2019.
2073 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in May 2017.
2074 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in September 2019.
2075 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in July 2019.
2076 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2018.
2077 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in February 2019.
2078 1976-78 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in November 2016.
2079 GO Transit 2079-a.jpg 1978 Active GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in July 2017.

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