GO Coach Behind ON Train

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by RobertInOntario, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I usually drive under two train bridges on the Don Valley Parkway each morning as I drive to work. One is a CP line and on the other I occasionally see Ontario Northland (ON) trains. I'm often treated with the sight of an ON passenger train or a CP freight (still have to keep my eyes on the traffic though!!).

    Well, yesterday morning, an ON passenger train suddenly appeared with its usual 3-4 ON passengers coaches behind it ... But the very last coach this time was a green & white GO Transit coach!

    I was a little surprised to see this. I know that mixing stock has always been common, but the GO coach really stood out because of its different colours and totally different size -- it's so much taller and larger than the silver ON coaches.

    Is this common? Just curious!

  2. galt904

    galt904 Member

    GO gets a lot of its equipment fixed by ON in North Bay, since both are owned by the provincial government.
  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Chad. So maybe this coach had just been repaired and was being returned to service? Rob
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Rob: even more interesting, the ON coaches are probably ex-GO single-deckers.
  5. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Well, I guess there was more of a connection than I thought. So it's probably not such an unusual sight but it still looked out of place that morning! Rob
  6. cpr_paul

    cpr_paul Member

    I thought ONR had been sold off by the province. Doesn't CN own it now?

    I know at one time ON considered buying the Bombardier Bi-levels as passenger equipment. I think they instead opted to convert the old GO single level equipment.
  7. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Paul. I'm not sure if CN owns ON or not -- be interesting to find out! I usually see an ON passenger train (with single level coaches) crossing this Don Valley bridge, usually about once a week.

    It does sound as if ON is using GO's older single level equipment though.

    Cheers, Rob
  8. galt904

    galt904 Member

    No, still government owned (thankfully). The province backed out of selling after after seeing some of the political problems of the CN takeover of BC Rail around the same time.

    Interesting thing is ON owns/operates a big chunk of ex-CN between Cochrane and Hearst. And CN still gets into Hearst after they took over Wisconsin Central who owned the Algoma Central from Sault Ste Marie to Hearst.

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