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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
(02-07-2018, 06:15 PM)Canard Wrote:
(02-07-2018, 01:50 PM)ijmorlan Wrote: Thanks! Interesting that it looks as if most of the former siding is still there and connected to test track for something that needs to be able to take tight corners - ICTS?

The sharp S-Curves just north of the assembly hall are the original test curves for the CLRV/ALRV test and development programme.

As a refresher, here's a map I put together showing the (current!) test track configuration:



This is going to change dramatically in the next couple of years (!), starting with the new TTC-gauge test track, which will be South of (and parallel to) the Monorail test track.

(02-07-2018, 01:51 PM)jamincan Wrote: I wonder why they're doing the clearance test under it's own power now, while before they were doing a pull-through test without power.

I wonder this too!  I was of the impression that every centimetre of track would have to see an LRV being towed through it, first, prior to running under its own power.  I don't know if that's something I just assumed based on historically how I've seen other systems commissioned, or some "rule" I fabricated on my own.  Either way, it sounds like it will significantly reduce the commissioning time if it's not an absolute requirement.

Kevin - as always, you are the man!!

Thanks very much, this is extremely helpful!

Do you know the gauge of the CLRV/ALRV test track? I can imagine it being TTC-gauge because the TTC was the main customer, but I can also see it being standard-gauge because they intended to sell those vehicles to lots of systems.

Also do you know if the test tracks will connect directly to the assembly halls? It seems like it would be convenient to be able to just drive a vehicle out of the assembly building and onto the test track, then later over to a loading platform and straight onto a flat car (with no special ramp like they use here).
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Where is the assembly hall? I assumed it was the large building near the tracks, but now I see that Google has that labeled as some other company.
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(02-07-2018, 09:41 PM)jamincan Wrote: Where is the assembly hall? I assumed it was the large building near the tracks, but now I see that Google has that labeled as some other company.

It's this:

   

The building was much smaller before, and the expansion for the FLEXITY programme meant building an entire new hall out back with several parallel bays (I can't remember how many, I think it's 6).  The original hall out front is connected to the ICTS test loop and was part of the original facility when it was built in the 70's.  It's a bit hard to see from the road, but here's a shot from my last visit, where you can see one of our LRV's, being stored out front of the original building:

   

(Sorry, I just spent probably entirely too long trying to search through my photos and I don't seem to have anything that shows the new hall out back. It's silver, though, and the roofline is different. Any of the shots you've seen recently in the media are generally from the new hall. It's white and very well illuminated (compared to the dark and dingy Thunder Bay).
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Grandlinq Transit Safety and WRPS setup and waiting at Waterloo Public Square for NB track testing south of Erb & Caroline
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"We've never had a tram fail in service." - Paul Grocott, Program Manager, for Blackpool City Council





(The FLEXITY 2 is the platform that FLEXITY Freedom is based upon, and shares many similarities)
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(02-08-2018, 07:38 PM)Canard Wrote: "We've never had a tram fail in service."

Neither have we Big Grin
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Wondering if I contacted the region/grt if they'd be game for me to hope on during testing for a short video to be posted on YouTube. By that, I mean a camera facing forward, so like a drivers viewpoint.
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You’d have to get in a (very long) line of those of us who would do anything to be given that same opportunity, friend. Big Grin
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I heard bells this morning on my way past UW, and saw that 504 was out for a test run. Here's a brief video I took:



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(02-09-2018, 02:11 PM)timc Wrote: I heard bells this morning on my way past UW, and saw that 504 was out for a test run. Here's a brief video I took:




Nice! the motion stabilizer feature of your phone makes it feel as if it was underwater... it's trippy

also, can someone remind me what the B stands for on the vehicle numbering?
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(02-09-2018, 02:15 PM)urbd Wrote: also, can someone remind me what the B stands for on the vehicle numbering?

The letters are for the vehicle's modules. Front and back are A and B, the middle ones are C,D,E.
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(02-09-2018, 02:18 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(02-09-2018, 02:15 PM)urbd Wrote: also, can someone remind me what the B stands for on the vehicle numbering?

The letters are for the vehicle's modules. Front and back are A and B, the middle ones are C,D,E.

Oh! I hadn't noticed the A part on the opposite side of the vehicles we've seen so far. Thanks!
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(02-09-2018, 02:11 PM)timc Wrote: I heard bells this morning on my way past UW, and saw that 504 was out for a test run. Here's a brief video I took:




Thanks Tim, great to see.  And it looked the pedestrian signals and the ones at Columbia went up decently quick after it had passed them, awesome!
...K
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It didn't look to me like the gates on Columbia went down for the train, but I didn't look too closely. The ones near the UW platform did seem to work though.
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(02-09-2018, 04:54 PM)timc Wrote: It didn't look to me like the gates on Columbia went down for the train, but I didn't look too closely. The ones near the UW platform did seem to work though.

The white lunar aspects on the grade crossing signals indicate the state of the grade crossing. Off means the crossing protection is not engaged or not engaging. Flashing indicates the crossing protection is engaging or disengaging. Solid indicates the crossing protection is fully engaged. By the looks of the video Columbia was fully engaged when the LRV was crossing.
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