GO Transit Series VII Bilevel cars

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GO Transit 2522-2544, 2600-2661 and 242-250 are Bombardier Bilevel coaches built between 2003 and 2008. Collectively, they are known as the Series VII Bilevel cars.

The two orders in this series has increase the number of accessible cars beyond the number of Series IV cars. This has allowed GO to convert the rest of the 2300-series cars back to non-accessible cars as well as allow for additional trainsets to be put together. The additional orders also includes several new cab cars. These cab cars are the first with GO to be delivered with new full-width cabs and a accessible washroom on the lower level.

This series of cars are the third ordered by GO of the second-generation BiLevel design, of which 2499 was a prototype. They have a number of improvements over the previous cars, such as a larger accessible washroom on the first level of the car, larger side windows, welded aluminum exterior, and more easily accessible HVAC and doorway equipment. GO ordered them with a number of additional options, such as exterior step lights, operators' control at one of the doorways, and larger windows in the side doors.

Cars built from 2003 to late 2006 have the same interior scheme as the Series VI cars. Cars built late 2006 and onwards have seats upholstered in a different fabric with a more compact pile and mottled pattern. Cars 2654 onwards have more passenger amenities similar to those in the Series VIII cars, such as taller headrests on the seats and powered end doors for easier car-to-car access.

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 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.

Interior photos

Order history

Delivery period Regular coaches Accessible coaches Cab cars
2003-04 2522-2541 (20)
2004 2600-2609 (10) 242-245 (4)
2005 2610-2619 (10)
2006 2620-2629 (10)
2006-07 2630-2641 (12) 2542-2544 (3) 246-250 (5)
2007-08 2641-2661 (21)

Refurbishment

At the end of November 2021, Metrolinx announced that they have awarded Alstom a contract to refurbish the Series VII Bilevel cars. The refurbishment is key to ensuring the GO Transit fleet can support the coming service expansion. The work will take place in Thunder Bay between 2022 and 2024, with the first cars set for delivery in spring 2023.[1]

Regular Coaches

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial # Livery Notes
2600 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2601 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2602 August 2004 153049 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2603 GO Transit 2603-a.jpg August 2004 153050 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2604 August 2004 153051 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2605 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2606 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2607 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2608 October 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2609 GO Transit 2609-b.jpg November 2004 153056 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2610 September 2005 153057 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2611 September 2005 153058 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2612 2005 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2613 2005 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2614 2005 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2615 2005 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2616 November 2005 153065 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2617 December 2005 153066 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2618 GO Transit 2618-a.jpg December 2005 153067 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2619 December 2005 153068 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2620 December 2005 153069 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Involved in sideswipe incident. Repaired and repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in January 2018.
2621 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2622 January 2006 153069 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2623 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2624 January 2006 153076 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2625 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2626 GO Transit 2626-a.jpeg 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2627 GO Transit 2627-a.jpg 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2628 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2629 2006 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2630 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2631 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2632 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2633 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2634 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2635 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2636 November 2006 153091 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2637 December 2006 153092 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2638 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2639 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2640 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2641 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2642 GO Transit 2642-a.jpeg 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2643 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2644 October 2007 153099 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2645 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2646 GO Transit 2646-a.jpg 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2647 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2648 November 2007 153103 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2649 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2650 December 2007 153105 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2651 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2652 GO Transit 2652-a.jpg 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2653 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2654 GO Transit 2654-a.jpg 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2655 GO Transit 2655-a.jpg 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2656 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2657 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2658 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2659 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2660 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.
2661 2007-08 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Equipped with LED exterior platform lights, higher headrests on seats, and powered end doors.

Accessible Coaches

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial # Livery Notes
2522 2003 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First unit built.
Wc15.JPG
2523 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2524 GO Transit 2524-a.jpg November 2003 153037 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2525 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2526 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2527 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2528 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2529 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2530 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2531 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2532 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2533 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2534 GO Transit 2534-b.jpg 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2535 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2536 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2537 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2538 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2539 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2540 GO Transit 2540-a.jpg 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2541 2003-04 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2542 GO Transit 2542-a.jpg 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2543 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG
2544 GO Transit 2544-a.jpg 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png Wc15.JPG

Cab Cars

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial # Livery Notes
242 GO Transit 242-a.jpg April 2004 153043 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First Second Generation cab car unit built.
  • Sent back to Bombardier in July 2004 for warranty repairs.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in August 2017.
243 GO Transit 243-a.jpg 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Sent to AMT for crew training in late 2004.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2017.
244 GO Transit 244-a.jpg 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2017.
245 GO Transit 245-a.jpg 2004 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Leased to AMT as part of 8-car train Oct.-Nov. 2006 to deal with increased ridership after De la Concorde overpass collapse.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2017.
246 GO Transit 246-b.jpg 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Right side
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2017.
247 GO Transit 247-a.jpg 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in January 2017.
  • Converted back into a cab car in May 2017.
  • Converted back into a commuter coach in September 2017.
248 GO Transit 248-a.jpg 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2017.
249 GO Transit 249-a.jpg 2006-07 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in October 2017.
250 GO Transit 250-a.jpg September 2006 153081 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in September 2017.

References

  1. Sunshine, Fannie. "Alstom Thunder Bay plant to refurbish 94 GO Transit bi-level train coaches." Metrolinx Blog, 30 November 2021.
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