GO Transit fleet

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GO Transit, the interregional public transit system in Southern Ontario, has a number of various road and rail vehicles. This includes 57 locomotives, 495 train coaches, and 401 buses.

Rail[edit]

Locomotives[edit]

Active

The vast majority of GO Transit's active locomotive fleet consists of MP40PH-3C diesel-electric locomotives manufactured by MotivePower in Boise, Idaho. These replaced most of the older EMD F59PH over a 4-year transition program in early 2011. The new MP 40 locomotives are significantly more powerful with 4000 bhp vs the F59's 3000 bhp, allowing them to pull 12 coaches instead of 10.[1]

The remaining F59s are due to be retired in 2018 in favor of a more powerful version of the MP 40, the MP54AC. As of 2017, one MP 40 unit, number 647, has been converted to the MP 54 specification and is in service; though GO Transit had originally planned to convert additional existing MP 40 locomotives, it has decided to purchase brand-new ones instead to replace its oldest models and modernize its fleet.[citation needed]

MP40-3C 602 at Oshawa preparing for turn around service in the morning rush hour.
Year Manufacturer Model Numbers Notes
1990 EMD F59PH III 557-561 Rebuilt 2011 for continued service
1990 EMD F59PH IV 562-564 Rebuilt 2011 for continued service
2008–2009 MPI MP40PH-3C 600-626
2010 627-629
630-647
2010-11 648-656 Delivery complete[2]
2013-14 657-666 Delivery complete[3] EPA Tier 3 compliant
2015 MPI MP54AC 647 First unit built from existing MP40PH-3C locomotive. 647 in service, 16 more ordered.
All F59PH models were replaced in 2011.
Retired
Year Manufacturer Model Numbers Notes
1967 Hawker Siddeley Canada Hawker Siddeley RTC-85SP/D (Single-level self-propelled unit) Built as D700-D701, D702-D708
Renumbered to 9825-9826, 9827-9833; total order 117
Diesel multiple units. Cars built on original 1967 car order by HSC in Thunder Bay, Ontario and based on the Hawker-Siddeley H-Series subway car. Converted to cab cars by 1975. Some cars leased to MARC. Cars sold to ONR (16) and AMT (92) in the 1980s. 2 cars went to Pandrol-Jackson (Electric Tamper and Equipment Company) as crew-cars for railgrinding operations; 7 cars scrapped. Car 104 was restored by GO Transit in 2017, and is displayed at the Toronto Railway Museum in downtown Toronto. [4] [5]
1973, 1976; 1982 General Motors Diesel Division EMD FP7A & F7B locomotives 900-911; 9858-9862 16 FP7A ex-ONR / - used as power cars; sold to various operators after 1980s
1966 General Motors Diesel Division GP40TC locomotive 500-507 All sold to Amtrak in 1988. Rebuilt by Norfolk Southern and now classed as GP38H-3s.
1973, 1975 General Motors Diesel Division GP40-2L locomotive 700-710 11 purchase; 10 sold to CNR (9668-9677) and 1 sold to Tri-Rail in 1991
1978 General Motors Division F40PH locomotive 510-515 Sold to Amtrak 1990. All retired in 2003.
1967 General Motors Diesel Division GP40U locomotive 720-726 bought from Chrome Crankshaft in 1982. Upgraded to GP40-2M by Chrome Crankshaft/CRI&P; traded to GMDD for F59PHs 561-568 in 1994
1988 EMD F59PH I 520-535 All are owned by RBX Leasing.
1989–1990 EMD F59PH II 536-539 Sold 2010
1990 EMD F59PH IV 565-568 Sold to Trinity Railway Express in Irving, Texas, USA.
1990 EMD F59PH II 540-547
1990 EMD F59PH III 548-556

Coaches[edit]

All GO Trains use bilevel rail cars entirely

GO's railcar fleet is composed exclusively of Bombardier BiLevel Coaches manufactured by Bombardier Transportation or its predecessors in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In November 2011, the fleet comprised a total of 565 railcars, including cab car variants.[6]

On June 1, 2012, Metrolinx contracted Bombardier to manufacture an additional 60 bilevel cars of an updated design incorporating crash energy mangement features and improved ergonomics. Deliveries of these models have been ongoing since 2015.[7]

Manufacturer Model Built Numbers Handicapped/disabled access Notes
Pullman-Standard Gallery coach/cab car 1960s No leased from C&NW, 1976.
Canadian Vickers Gallery coach/cab car 1974-1989? No leased from CPR Montreal-area commuter service (STCUM-AMT), 1974.
HSC Bi-Level I coach 1976–1978 2000–2079 No 10 sold to TRE, 1997.
HSC Bi-Level II coach 1983–1984 2100–2155, 200-214 No
UTDC Bi-Level III coach 1987-1989 2200-2253, 215-223 No leased from Tri-Rail, 2002.
UTDC Bi-Level III coach 1989–1990 2300-2341, 224-241 No
UTDC Bi-Level V coach 1990–1991 2400-2455, 2499 No
Bombardier Transportation Bi-Level VI coach 2002 2500–2521 Yes
Bombardier Transportation Bi-Level VII coach 2003-2008 2522-2544, 2600–2661, 242-250 Yes 5 orders
Bombardier Transportation Bi-Level VIII coach 2008–present 2545-2552, 2700-2814, 251-257 Yes 4 orders. 2550-2552, 2771-2814, 255-257 being delivered 2011-2012

Bus[edit]

GO Transit currently operates two types of buses: single-decker highway coaches, constituting 75% of the active fleet; and commuter-type double-decker buses, constituting the remaining 25%. All vehicles run on diesel fuel.

  • The current highway coach fleet consists exclusively of D4500-model coaches built by Motor Coach Industries (numbered from 2100 onwards). The first of these coaches were ordered in 2001 and orders have continued until 2015. They have a length of 45 feet (14 m). All orders since 2005 (from 2267 onwards) are of a facelifted design, designated as D4500CT, and two of these vehicles (3000 and 3001), ordered in 2008, have a hybrid-electric drivetrain and are model D4500CTH. Older vehicles in the fleet are retired after reaching a certain mileage; as of 2017, the oldest vehicles in the active fleet were made in 2004.
  • The double-decker fleet uses Enviro500 vehicles by the British manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited. They come in three distinct configurations, differing mainly in height and distinguishable external appearance:
    • The standard-height version (numbered in the 8000s) are 43 feet (13 m) in length and have a height of 4.2 metres (14 ft). Built in Falkirk, Scotland, they entered service in 2008, but their height prevents them from meeting many height standards set by the provincial Ministry of Transportation, restricting their usage to the Highway 407 and Highway 403 corridors, providing service between Peel and York Regions.
    • The Go-Anywhere version (numbered in the 8100s and 8200s) are the same length, but have a shorter height of 4.1 metres (13 ft). This variant, also made in Falkirk, entered service in 2012, and their lower height allows these buses to meet many more clearance standards as a result and are used on a wider variety of routes, including those that travel on Highway 401 into Durham Region.
    • The Super-Lo version (numbered in the 8300s) are longer than previous orders, at 45 feet (14 m) in length, but have an even shorter height of 3.9 metres (13 ft). Developed specifically for the GO Transit network, it is capable of accessing bus terminals with height restrictions that prevent previous double-deckers accessing them. They are also the first double-decker buses to be manufactured locally (from a newly-established facility in Vaughan). The first of these vehicles entered service in 2016 and orders are ongoing to replace older single-decker coaches. By 2020, Metrolinx estimates that 75% of the active fleet would be composed of double-deckers.

Active[edit]

Year Make Model Length Handicapped/disabled access Engine Numbers
2004 MCI D4500 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Caterpillar C13 EPA 2004 2216–2266
2005 MCI D4500CT 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Caterpillar C13 EPA 2004 2267–2286
2006 MCI D4500CT 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Caterpillar C13 EPA 2004 2287–2317
2007 MCI D4500CT 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Caterpillar C13 EPA 2004 2318–2353
2008 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 42 ft (12.8 m) Yes Cummins ISM EPA 2007 8000-8011
2008 MCI D4500CT 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Caterpillar C13 EPA 2007 2354–2419
2009 MCI D4500CTH (Hybrid) 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Cummins ISL 330HP EPA 2007[8] 3000-3003
2009 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 42 ft (12.8 m) Yes Cummins ISM EPA 2007 8012-8021
2009 MCI D4500CT 45.42 ft (13.84 m) Yes Cummins ISM EPA 2007 2420–2439
2013-2014 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 42 ft (12.8 m) Yes Cummins ISL (EPA 2010) 8101-8205

Retired[edit]

Previously, GO Transit also operated suburban-style transit buses from General Motors, Orion Bus Industries, and New Flyer Industries, and motor coaches by Prevost Car. GM buses were manufactured in London, Ontario and Orion buses in Mississauga, Ontario. All of these older vehicles are now retired.

Year Make Model Length Handicapped/disabled access Engine Numbers
1970 GMDD T8H-5305A 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1000–1019
1973 GMDD T8H-5307A 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1020–1029
1974 GMDD T8H-5307A 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1030–1039, 1120–1123
1975 GMDD T8H-5307A 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1045–1056
1976 GMDD S8H-5304A 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1060–1099
1977 GMDD T8H-5307A 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1100–1119
1985 Ontario Bus Orion I 01.508 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1125–1129
1987 Ontario Bus Orion I 01.508 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1130–1141
2000 Orion Bus Orion V 05.501 40 ft (12.2 m) Yes Detroit Diesel S50 1150–1163
2002 Orion Bus Orion V 05.501 40 ft (12.2 m) Yes Detroit Diesel S50 1164–1173
1975 MCI MC-8 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1250–1262
1978 MCI MC-8 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1270–1281
1980 MCI MC-9 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1290–1294
1981 MCI MC-9 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 8V71 1300–1324
1986 MCI 102A2 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1400–1416
1987 MCI 102A2 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1417–1425
1988 MCI 102A2 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1426–1435
1989 MCI 102A2 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1436–1445
1990 MCI 102A2 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1446–1458
1991 MCI 102A2 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1459–1468
1990 MCI 102A3 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1500–1514
1993 MCI 102C3 40 ft (12.2 m) No Cummins L10 1520–1531
1999 Prevost LeMirage XL 40 ft (12.2 m) Yes Detroit Diesel Series 60 1600–1609
1991 New Flyer D40S 40 ft (12.2 m) No Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 1900–1950
2000 Orion V 05.501 40.71 ft (12.41 m)[9] Yes Detroit Diesel Series 50 2000–2007
2001 Orion V 05.501 40.71 ft (12.41 m) Yes Detroit Diesel Series 50 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

Support vehicles[edit]

A GO Transit Safety Special Constable Dodge Charger.
Year Make Model Notes
Ford Ranger Support
2008 Ford E-150 Station Operations
Ford F-250 Station Operations
2000–2006 Dodge Sprinter Station Operations
2002–2008 Dodge RAM Super Duty 4X4 Maintenance
2002–2005 Ford Ford Ranger Bus Operations
1999–2001 Chevrolet Chevy Trailblazer Supervisor
2003–present Chevrolet Chevy Express/Savanna 2500 Rail Operations
2005 Dodge RAM 205 5RM Maintenance
2006 Chevrolet Silverado Maintenance
2006 Chevrolet Sierra Maintenance
2008–present Dodge Grand Caravan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GO News: Winter 2011" (PDF). GO Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fja58IuPuc#t=08m45s
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DPe_TCXnvQ#t=02m00s
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/GOtransit/status/863899254980530176
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/TORailwayMuseum/status/863538209829072897
  6. ^ "Metrolinx orders more Bombardier BiLevels" Railway Gazette 14 March 2011
  7. ^ http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/updated-bilevel-coaches-ordered-for-go-transit.html
  8. ^ MCI Hybrid Commuter Coach Specifications
  9. ^ Orion V, Technical Specifications