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Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Matthyro, May 27, 2001.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    GO commuter trains waiting at the Georgetown terminus for the next morning runs to Toronto.
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  2. Woodie

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    Matt, Kewl looking rollingstock! How long is the run from Georgetown to Toronto? How many cars are usually on each train? Is it a stop all stations run? Express?

    TOOT!
  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Woodie, it takes about 3/4 to 1 hour to make the trip into Toronto. There are anywhere from 8 to 10 cars in a train. Trains stop at 4 stations on the way. No express on this line but there are expresses on the Lakeshore line which goes from Toronto to Hamilton. It is a great service for those who work a regular schedule.
    When I lived in Mississagua I used the Lakeshore line for a number of years as it has trains running from early morning to late at night. Not so to Georgetown though.

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  4. jimmybeersa

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    Robin as suggested I am posting an article I
    wrote for our Clubs newsletter about the "GO"
    CITY TRANSPORT
    As a South African it was real a pleasure to be in a 1st World City,where every thing worked and was on time, and where there was an almost TOTAL respect for the law

    On a recent visit to Canada I experienced what it was like to use an extremely efficient Transport system in the City of Toronto.


    Leaving my daughters house we drove a few kilometres to the local station car park, to catch The "GO" train knowing that when we returned the car would still be there unharmed.


    The " GO"Transit is a municipally funded ,interregional public transport service that serves a population of 4.9 million in the greater Toronto area . It is made up by a combination of trains and bus services, all inter connected. Trains consisting of a F59PH diesel-electric locomotive pulling 10 bi-level railcars seating 162 passengers. Manufactured by General Electric.


    The railcars are actually 3 level cars, with a mezzanine level at each end of the car. The bi-level car was engineered specifically for the " GO " commuter service needs,with passenger comfort a prime feature. Heated, air conditioned with clean washrooms,public cellphones and a passenger alarm system, (much lacking on our trains,as was indicated when a friend of mine was thrown from a moving train during a robbery and her husband had to travel to the next station to seek assistance.)

    Spoornet is looking into using this type of railcar for the proposed high speed link between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

    The diesel units are big ! making our SAR diesels look very small. !7.7m long,3.2m wide and 4.8

    In height. Gross weight 118 tons. The trains are not turned and operate on a Pull - Push arrangement with a drivers cab in the back railcar.


    Arriving in Toronto (on Time !!)we had the option of using the city’s extensive underground or going up onto the street and using the "Trams " or Streetcars as the are known.


    The "GO " system carries on an average weekday 134,000 people ,104,000 by train and 30,000 by bus


    All together an illuminating and pleasant experience.
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks for posting your article Jimmy. I am sure many people will find it very interesting. You seem to have more knowledge and information about the GO service than me even though I was a regular commuter for many years. It just shows how we take something for granted and vistors like you can see it from a very different perspective.

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  6. jimmybeersa

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    Toronto City Transport
    GO trains....subway....and streetcars all
    a fine system


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  7. jimmybeersa

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    oops Heres the picture
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  8. Dan

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    Sorry guys, I'm not getting any photos...what's up with that?

    Also, none of GO's stock is made by GE...the engines are made by EMD in London, and the coaches were built by Can-Car/Bombardier in Thunder Bay.

    Dan
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Many pictures will disappear as host like photopoint start charging and Zing is closing down. There arent many good sites left to post pictures
    Welcome to the Gauge Dan

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  10. Dan

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    Thanx for the welcome! I hope to be enjoying my stay...

    The pics seem to be working now...nice pic of an ALRV. The only thing missing is a bashed safety skirt!!!

    Dan