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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">HAPPENING NOW! Pull-through Test to Conestoga. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wrLRT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wrLRT</a> <a href="https://t.co/oW32qV9Yd9">pic.twitter.com/oW32qV9Yd9</a></p>&mdash; ? Iain Hendry ? (@Canardiain) <a href="https://twitter.com/Canardiain/status/951483672364027906?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2018</a></blockquote>
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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(01-10-2018, 10:19 AM)JCnb Wrote: Have crews been working on clearing the guideway of snow? Sometime yesterday the line along Northfeild was clear, including the station area. Is this part of overall work or perhaps a sign of upcoming testing?

I saw crews on Charles, Victoria and King clearing the tracks last night. They were using little Kobota looking tractors with snow blower attachments on the front and then giant snowblowers that were putting the snow into dump trucks. Looked like an expensive procedure in terms of staff and equipment.
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Ion vehicle to be towed along entire route today

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/ion-vehicle-to-be-towed-along-entire-route-1.3755159
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https://twitter.com/rideIONrt/status/951495024952328192
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The region has issued a press release. Let the towing begin  Big Grin

http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/newsli...eQuAleQuAl

Quote:January 11, 2018

Waterloo Region – Testing of the ION system is expected to progress to all areas of the ION route, beginning on Thursday, January 11.

Weather dependent, this will begin with un-powered testing – system testing with an ION light rail vehicle being towed – along the Northfield Drive /King Street section of the ION route in Waterloo. Testing is then expected to advance to all areas of the route over the subsequent days.

This is the first time ION light rail vehicles will be travelling alongside cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles in the community. Motorists are reminded to never stop or park their vehicles on light rail tracks. Any vehicle stopped or parked on the tracks will be ticketed or towed. 

While vehicles are in testing phase, they will not run on a schedule and will be moving slowly at times. There may also be unexpected signal changes and unusual signal sequencing at intersections. Residents may also see flaggers or paid duty officers assisting crews at intersections.

Testing will advance throughout winter and spring and will continue until service starts. As testing progresses, the speed of the light rail vehicles will increase until they begin to test at operational speeds.

System and light rail vehicle testing advanced throughout 2017 with freight track testing taking place on the ION test track in December, followed by powered testing at the Operations Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF) on Dutton Drive.

Testing across the entire light rail transit route is a significant milestone and moves the Region of Waterloo closer to the commencement of light rail service.

For further information on ION safety and ION testing, please visit www.grt.ca/ION
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Headline isn’t correct - it’s just to Conestoga today.

Pics and videos to come later tonight when I have time to edit.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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If it's being towed, is there a reason they can't strap cameras in each end of the train, and one pointed at the train from the tower's perspective? I would *LOVE* to see those strapped into a 3 of 4 quadrant YouTube video for the whole line.
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What’s a 3 or 4 quadrant video?
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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Launch data is slipping later in to spring...
Galloway said he is "cautiously optimistic" the trains will be in full-fare service by June. 
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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Since "late spring" meant "July" for the King Street opening, June still sounds pretty early.
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(01-11-2018, 03:07 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Launch data is slipping later in to spring...
Galloway said he is "cautiously optimistic" the trains will be in full-fare service by June. 

Is this really 'slipping'.  I think "June" might still qualify as "Spring" by regional project completion standards.
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Of course I am hopeful that they will surprise us and keep to the early spring committment, but yes it still feels optimistic.

It was just the first time I've seen/heard a councilor/the region/grandlinq say something other than "May 1" or late spring.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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Some video I shot this morning of the first part of the Pull-Through (couldn't stay for the whole thing):



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(01-11-2018, 06:04 PM)Canard Wrote: Some video I shot this morning of the first part of the Pull-Through (couldn't stay for the whole thing):




I like that cute little pedestrian gate  Big Grin
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My wife was heading home along Bearinger this evening and the gates were down and lights flashing. No train or personnel were in evidence. So after four minutes of waiting she pulled a U-turn and went home along Columbia.

I thought the testing was from the OMSF to Conestoga and back, so this was confusing.

I am just glad they're experiencing these bugs in the system before there are passengers aboard the LRVs.
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