GO Transit has been carrying commuters to and from Toronto since 1967. GO's unique green & white paint scheme and large Government of Ontario logo (letters G and O, plus a thin letter "T for Toronto" hidden in between) are instantly recognizable, and GO's distinctive bilevel cars originally built by Hawker-Siddeley in Ontario are in service with commuter agencies around North America.
Chris Mears, Trackside Treasure blog partner and keeper of GO's most easterly destination in Charlottetown, is a GO Transit fan. Recently on his blog, Prince Street Terminal , Chris blogged about some 1981 GO consists he discovered while exploring Trackside with VIA: The First 35 Years . This post includes those trains. On a weekend trip to Bayview Junction in Hamilton, I photographed some inside the 'triangle' at the junction of the Dundas and Oakville Subs, an area no longer accessible to railfans.
On the evening of June 22, a Hamilton-bound train passes the assembled railfans at 1810 (above) 502-2054-2006-2023-2068-2036-2039-2044-2041-2007-2057-507 . A few minutes later, the push-pull consist returns to Toronto, now led by 507:
An hour later, another Steel City-bound train passes: 103-2046-2001-2035-2030-2000-2002-2012-2065-515 .
GO F40PH is in push mode:
This consist also then heads back toward Toronto:
Early next morning, June 23 two trains head into Toronto from Hamilton. At 0639: 902-2058-2040-2019-2078-2077-2015-2076-2059-706-709 .
On the tailend, 706-709 pushing, with red marker lights illuminated:
Within the hour, a second train passes the Junction, at the Royal Botanical Gardens walkway: 507-2057-2007-2029-2044-2039-2036-2068-2023-2006-2054-502.
While on a visit to Spadina roundhouse , a short train heads east: 515-2058-2066-2031-2020-107. Those are flags on a background building, not some sort of Pennsy-like antennae on 515:
On a daytime layover waiting for VIA train No 3 out of Toronto on August 22, I was able to see a plethora of trains from the Spadina Street bridge. At 1347, a westbound GO train negotiates crossovers at 1414:
GO APCU 907 leads bilevels toward Union Station: 907-2034-2071-2020-2073-2032-2016-2056-2070-2079-707-710 .
A westbound train passes the under-construction flyunder west of Spadina Avenue, with Spadina coach yard's wash rack and Tempo cars in the background at 1447: 501-2008-2035-2074-2051-2018-2048-2067-2053-2066-2037-514 .
7, 8, 44...VIA's F40PH-2 fleet as of early January with unrebuilt, undergoing Renaissance rebuilding, and rebuilt units respectively. Yellow noses are now few and far between. As Bruce Springsteen sang, "Baby we were born to Ren."
6427, 6451...VIA train No 1 had these two unrebuilt units on the head-end ex Toronto January 9. Thanks to Brian Schuff of Winnipeg for this OS. Could this be the last time the Vancouver sun rose on such a power consist on the Canadian? Prairie Oyster's Canadian Sunrise with Winnipeger Randy Bachman on guitar comes to mind.
Freestylin', mega-pick, junk-drunk, bundling...some of the terms used by Mike and Frank on American Pickers weekly on the History Television. My favourite show; these two characters unearth history one piece at a time, finding themselves in some unpredictable and unusual locations, "Yo, Danny D give us the co-ordinates."