GO Transit Series V Bilevel cars

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Interior of the upper level.

GO Transit 2400-2455 and 2499 are Can-Car Rail Bilevel coaches built in 1989 and 1990. Collectively, they are known as the Series V Bilevel cars.

The Bilevel design (as it is now known) was arrived at expressly at GO Transit's behest. In the early 1970ies, 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.

This order was originally for 60 cars, to be numbered 2400-2459. Tri-Rail however approached GO and Can-Car Rail and requested a number of cars to allow them to increase service in the wake of sections of Interstate 95 being narrowed for major construction. 3 cars from GO's order, which were to be numbered 2456-2458, were instead delivered to Tri-Rail.

As well, UTDC and Lavalin Industries saw that while the existing BiLevel design still had much life left, that it could use a bit of an update. The car that would have been numbered 2459 was designated to become the next generation prototype, and incorporated a host of improvements, such as welded sides, larger windows and a new modular door mechanism. It was numbered 2499, and also was unique in that as well as having the first generation bathroom on the intermediate level at the "A" end, it also featured a bathroom on the lower level at the "B" end which would be included in the new standard.

In July 2013, one side of car 2445 was experimentally repainted into the new "Metrolinx" two-tone green, white and black livery that future cars would be delivered in.

Refurbishment

The Series V Bilevels are being refurbished by CAD Railway Services as of 2012. Under the same contract, the Series I will be refurbished after these coaches. Refurbished coaches will have the following features:

  • Updated seats with improved ergonomics upholstered in a blue-based fabric and taller blue vinyl headrests
  • 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 LED exterior step lights and door closing chimes
  • More recent coaches have been painted in the two-tone green livery

The contract for the refurbishment was awarded to CAD Railway Industries on June 24, 2011 and signed July 13.[1] CAD's bid came in lower than Ontario Northland and Bombardier at $120,590,647.70. Politicians and workers in North Bay were upset by the decision. Mayor Al McDonald claimed had work been kept between the two Crown agencies, there would be more than $8.2 million in employer health and payroll taxes, plus HST, OHIP premiums and pension contributions in Ontario.[2] In September 2011, NDP provincal leader Andrea Horwath vowed to cancel the contract with CAD and give the work to Ontario Northland.[3]

Coaches

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial number Livery Notes
2400 1990 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • First unit built
  • Wrap car - currently wrapped with multiple advertisements.
2401 GO Transit 2401-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Wrap car - currently wrapped for Cuba Tourism.
2402 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2403 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2404 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2405 1990-91 89-85-1874 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in 2015.
2406 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2407 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2408 GO Transit 2408-b.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2409 GO Transit 2409-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Wrap car - currently wrapped for Showcase Television.
2410 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2411 1990-91 89-85-1880 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2412 GO Transit 2412-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2413 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2414 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2415 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2416 GO Transit 2416-a.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1885 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2417 1990-91 89-85-1885 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in 2015.
2418 1990-91 89-85-1887 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2419 GO Transit 2419-b.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1888 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Wrap car - currently wrapped for Air New Zealand
2420 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2421 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Wrap car
2422 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2423 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Loaned to ONT begining end of November 2011 for consideration of use on Polar Bear Express
2424 GO Transit 2424-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2425 1990-91 89-85-1894 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2426 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2427 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2428 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in 2015.
2429 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2430 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2431 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in May 2016.
2432 1990-91 89-85-1901 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in 2015.
2433 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2434 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2435 1990-91 89-85-1904 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2436 GO Transit 2436-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2437 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in July 2016.
2438 GO Transit 2438-a.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1907 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Formerly wrapped for Art Train
2439 GO Transit 2439-a.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1908 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2440 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in 2015.
2441 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2442 1990-91 89-85-1911 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2443 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2444 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2445 GO Transit 2445-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2446 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2447 1990-91 89-85-1916 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2448 1990-91 89-85-1917 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in April 2016.
2449 GO Transit 2449-a.jpg 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2450 1990-91 89-85-1919 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2451 GO Transit 2451-a.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1920 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2452 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2453 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2454 1990-91 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2455 GO Transit 2455-a.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1924 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.
2499 GO Transit 2499-a.jpg 1990-91 89-85-1928 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
  • Prototype "next generation" Bombardier BiLevel car. Received modern "tall window" doors in 2003.
  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in March 2016.

References

  1. Global Railway Industries Ltd. Reports Q2 2011 Results, globalrailway.com, retrieved on 2011-09-18
  2. Leaders battle to protect jobs, nugget.ca, retrieved on 2011-09-18
  3. Horwath wants to scrap GO Transit deal with Quebec firm favour of Ontario firm, thestar.com, retrieved on 2011-09-18

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