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The Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT continues to march toward the start of service, upwards of two vehicles are testing on the line now at the same time and the expectations are that it will be fully up and running by December according to a recent report from the Region. Imagine walking through the University of Waterloo and finding this rolling down your Streetcar network, because that's exactly what happened on June 7 of this year. This was and still is the GEXR Waterloo spur, a once sleepy, 80lb rail, nothing's really changed since the 1950's branchline, but it has been transformed since ION construction began in late 2014. The Waterloo spur is now a double track, welded rail, electrified speedway for Streetcars. Freights share with the ION LRT right of way for 3 miles, but will be scheduled to run only at night, after 11 PM and before 5 AM (I believe) once operations kick into full gear. Freight Customers on the Waterloo spur include Commonwealth Plywood in Waterloo, Fairway Lumber in St. Jacobs, Sulco and Lanxess in Elmira and most of the traffic is for the latter two customers. No customers exist in the shared LRT portion. Freight service is Monday-Thursday and most often under the cover of darkness.
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Caption: The Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT continues to march toward the start of service, upwards of two vehicles are testing on the line now at the same time and the expectations are that it will be fully up and running by December according to a recent report from the Region. Imagine walking through the University of Waterloo and finding this rolling down your Streetcar network, because that's exactly what happened on June 7 of this year. This was and still is the GEXR Waterloo spur, a once sleepy, 80lb rail, nothing's really changed since the 1950's branchline, but it has been transformed since ION construction began in late 2014. The Waterloo spur is now a double track, welded rail, electrified speedway for Streetcars. Freights share with the ION LRT right of way for 3 miles, but will be scheduled to run only at night, after 11 PM and before 5 AM (I believe) once operations kick into full gear. Freight Customers on the Waterloo spur include Commonwealth Plywood in Waterloo, Fairway Lumber in St. Jacobs, Sulco and Lanxess in Elmira and most of the traffic is for the latter two customers. No customers exist in the shared LRT portion. Freight service is Monday-Thursday and most often under the cover of darkness.

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Stephen C. Host [857] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/7/2018 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: GEXR 2303, 2073 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 584-07 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Waterloo (search)
City/Town: Waterloo (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Nice scene Steve. Soon to be part of history in November.

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