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In 2001 GO Transit borrowed (leased) equipment from Miami area's Florida Tri-Rail and Vancouver's West Coast Express. 
A train of this leased equipment was photographed the week after "9-11" heading north along the west bank of the lower Don River. Vantage point was Eastern Avenue bridge. It had departed Union Station eastward a few minutes earlier and would make station stops terminating at Richmond Hill. 
Florida Tri-Rail was equipped with bi-level coaches in the same colour scheme as GO Transit except for Tri-Rail emblems. Potentially this made it easier to sell the coaches (to GO) if the South Florida commuter train service was not viable. However Tri-Rail's 480 Volt HEP (matching Amtrak, VIA, etc) is incompatible with GO's 575 Volt system.
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Caption: In 2001 GO Transit borrowed (leased) equipment from Miami area's Florida Tri-Rail and Vancouver's West Coast Express.
A train of this leased equipment was photographed the week after "9-11" heading north along the west bank of the lower Don River. Vantage point was Eastern Avenue bridge. It had departed Union Station eastward a few minutes earlier and would make station stops terminating at Richmond Hill.

Florida Tri-Rail was equipped with bi-level coaches in the same colour scheme as GO Transit except for Tri-Rail emblems. Potentially this made it easier to sell the coaches (to GO) if the South Florida commuter train service was not viable. However Tri-Rail's 480 Volt HEP (matching Amtrak, VIA, etc) is incompatible with GO's 575 Volt system.

Photographer:
John Pittman [217] (more) (contact)
Date: 2001-09-17 (search)
Railway: GO Transit (search)
Reporting Marks: TRCX 811 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Bala Sub ~ mp 2 (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. There were also three cars that were supposed to have been GO cars (“GO 2456-2458″, that never were) that were instead diverted to Tri-Rail as their 1013-1015 due to their need for more cars. GO experimental car 2499 was supposed to have been 2459, and the serial numbers of all four line up with the end of GO’s 2400-series order.

  2. Thanks for the positive feedback. I went to this area to catch the afternoon-evening rush hours in good light, which included Northlander southbound and n/b. Back then my weekday commute was Clarkson to Yonge&Eglinton using GO & TTC. For trains after work, I bicycled from home to downtown (no bikes on GO or TTC in rush hours). After work cycled Yonge St to Beltline trail and hung out on Queen St Don bridge (mostly).

  3. Very nice! Hard to believe it was that long ago already. I remember photographing it in Mimico.

  4. thats my childhood right there thanks for sharing

  5. Very nice.

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