A Tribute to North America's Standard Commuter Railroad
The post this week is dedicated to the Government of Ontario Transit, better known as GO Transit, for their 45 years of ever improving commuter rail service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This story of this standard setting railroad began as a trial on May 23, 1967 alongshore the great Lake Ontario.
|Looks of the very first GO Trains, the GP40TC, TC for Toronto Commuter, and Hawker Siddeley Canada single level coaches. GO had not operated these coaches for quite some time but they could still be seen, after retiring from GO, on other railroad passenger and commuter trains|
|I cannot find more information on this little guy, but what appears to be Hawker Siddeley DMUs have also used in the infant days of the GO Train|
|The hunger for GO kept on growing. F40PHs and Non-powered Controlled Units modified from F units were also added to GO's fleet before the debut of Cab Cars made from bilevel coaches|
|This is GO today. MP40PH-3C, the flagship, and GO Transit only, of Wabtec's MPXpress commuter locomotives will replace all veteran F59PHs and bring Toronto Commuters into a new era of convinent and green transportation. With possible future upgrades with EPA Tier 4 compliant diesel engines, GO Trains chug on at the leading edge for commuter railroading.|
|The GO Train System Map as of 2012|