Monday, October 27, 2014

GO Transit Cab Car Cavalcade

GO 200
While spending a couple of enjoyable, sunny September afternoons watching the departure of GO Transit commuter consists west from Toronto Union Station, I was taken by the flat faces and appurtenance-laden GO 200-series cab cars, finding myself inexplicably photographing each one, trying to highlight different details or alternating angles. This post is the result. A cab car cavalcade. Enjoy!
GO 244
GO 248
GO 211 and crew
GO 211
GO 238
GO 219 and crew
GO 219
GO 222
GO 206
GO 238
GO 233 detail
Something different this way GOes...a Bombardier rendering of one of the 65 new cab cars to be built:
And another un-sourced version of a cab car, this one wearing the Metrolinx scheme:

Running extra...

Speaking of appurtenances, did you know that Columbus Castings produces three times more knuckles than couplers? Guess which part breaks more often. Did you know that 90% of Nathan air horn bodies are made of aluminum-alloy? Does this ring a bell? Decide whether you like clapper or electric bells. Can one have too much bell?

Also, did you know there was a transit agency in Cincinnati named SORTA? It's the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. In Kingston, it's Kingston Transit. But imagine if our transit agency was instead called Kingston Intermodal Non-car Development Authority? That would be KINDA, SORTA.

I'm about to start reading astronaut Chris Hadfield's book - An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Then I'll have to find space for it on my bookshelf.


GP9Rm4108 said...

The knuckle should break before a drawbar is pulled. If the drawbar goes first it's a good sign of a weakness in it's connection to the car's body/frame.

The knuckle is the first point of flex!

So it is not surprising that they make more knuckles!

Michael said...

Interesting post, Eric. Speaking of funny transit names, what exactly is the reason that Ottawa's agency is called OC Transpo? Why not Transport, which works in both French and English? After some digging, I found that it's the shortened form of the official name, Ottawa-Carleton (OC) Regional Transportation Commission (Transport + Commission = Transpo).

Eric said...

Thanks for your comments, Chris and Michael. GO is an acronym for Government of Ontario. Perhaps it should now be GOM - GO Transit Metrolinx?

Cab car also reminds me of Can-Car - abbreviation of Canadian Car & Foundry.


Robert in Port Townsend said...

What's in a name? Officially, it's Seattle's South Lake Union Streetcar. But in the neighborhood where the new line runs, it's called the South Lake Union Trolley, resulting in a controversial acronym!

Eric said...

Good one, Robert!

Thanks for your comment,