Sunday, May 23, 2010

PDP #224: Ready to GO

GO Transit operates one of the largest commuter rail networks in North America. Unsurprisingly, it takes a great many trains to service that network. This past Friday, while on my way to Harbourfront, I found a veritable army of GO rolling stock camped out at the North Bathurst Yard under Spadina Avenue, waiting for the afternoon and evening trips to Richmond Hill, Barrie, Stouffville, and so on. It really made me appreciate the scale of the operation; when all you usually see is one train pushing into or out of a station, it's easier to take it for granted.

Fun fact: there are eighty seventy Bombardier Bi-Level Coaches in this photograph - more than the total inventory of any single agency operating them, save GO Transit itself and Metrolink in Los Angeles.

EDIT: I miscounted - one of the trains was counted twice. Still, the fun fact holds: the third-largest inventory of Bi-Levels is held by Sounder Commuter Rail in Seattle, which operates fifty-eight of them.

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