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VIA having major problems with metal fatigue in their LRC car axles in the spring of 1992 resulted in some unusual passenger lashups. A broken axle on March 17th was the fourth such incident recently and resulted in all LRC coaches being removed for service and axles replaced. Pressed into service as replacements were some CP stainless steel cars, some CN blue and some GO bi-levels.  On this particular day train #73, rolling west at Dundas approaching mile 5 has VIA 6408, three GO bi's, GO 907 (perhaps as a steam jenny unit) and VIA 6446 trailing.
The LRC cars were all refitted with new axles and back into service by June/92.
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Caption: VIA having major problems with metal fatigue in their LRC car axles in the spring of 1992 resulted in some unusual passenger lashups. A broken axle on March 17th was the fourth such incident recently and resulted in all LRC coaches being removed for service and axles replaced. Pressed into service as replacements were some CP stainless steel cars, some CN blue and some GO bi-levels. On this particular day train #73, rolling west at Dundas approaching mile 5 has VIA 6408, three GO bi's, GO 907 (perhaps as a steam jenny unit) and VIA 6446 trailing. The LRC cars were all refitted with new axles and back into service by June/92.

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A.W.Mooney [1485] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/08/1992 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA (search)
Train Symbol: #73 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Dundas sub. (search)
City/Town: Dundas (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Thanks. I was unaware. So much to know so little space left to retain it. :o )

  2. f.y.i. The HEP is different between GO and VIA equipment. GO operates on 600vac and VIA operates on the North American standard 480vac.

  3. Thank you for setting me straight. The only notes I had on the subject was as to why the LRC cars were pulled in the first place.
    We tend to be disorganized around here and I have forgotten a lot of what I used to know.

  4. Very unique consist. The bi-level cars did not require steam for heat and GO 907 was not equipped with a steam generator after it was rebuilt as an APCU from ONT FP7A 1504. It was likely for HEP, or because they didn’t want to break up the consist. Its function in GO service was as a auxilliary power cab unit (APCU).

  5. Thanks.
    After 20 years it is still hard to imagine being worked up waiting for VIA to pass by. :o )
    Nowadays watching them is mostly to pass the time.

  6. That’s cool to see this situation! Great shot

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