GO Transit restores cab car to mark 50th anniversary

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TORONTO — GO Transit has restored a single level cab car from the 1960s to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Cab car No. 104 was built in 1967 by Hawker Siddeley Canada, one of 123 single level cars — 32 coaches, eight cab cars, and nine self-propelled cars — ordered for the launch of service. The interior of the cars was a departure from existing commuter cars, and used bucket seats that emulated those in automobiles arranged back-to-back.

During its service life, the car carried several numbers, including C754, 9854, and 104. In the late 1990s it was sold to Agence métropolitaine de transport in Montreal and used on commuter trains there until it was sold to short line Société de chemin de fer de la Gaspésie for use on its L’Amiral tourist train in eastern Quebec. It was acquired in January 2017 for GO Transit’s 50th anniversary celebrations, restored and moved to the Toronto Railway Museum on the night of May 12.

GO Transit is a regional public transit system in southern Ontario. Its hub is Toronto Union Station with operations that extend as far south as Niagara Falls, Waterloo to the west, Peterborough to the east and Barrie to the north. GO Transit carried 69.5 million passengers in 2015.

GO Transit began regular passenger service on May 23, 1967 as a part of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Since then, it has grown from a single line to seven, and expanded to include complementing bus service. Today it is an operating division of Metrolinx, an agency with responsibility for transportation planning within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

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