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GO Transit Celebrates their 50th Anniversary - Part 2

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As mentioned in our prior News Post, GO Transit cab car #104 will shortly be on display at the Toronto Railway Museum.The image above, by TRHA volunteer Dan Garcia, captures this specific cab car in service.

Derek Boles, our TRHA Historian, offers the following history of the car:

"GO Transit cab car No. 104 was built as C754 in 1967 at the Hawker Siddely plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, now a part of Bombardier Transportation. GO Transit initiated Canada’s first specially designed commuter train operation that began service on May 23, 1967 between Oakville and Pickering. 

A cab car is a railway coach with full engineer controls at one end of the car and is placed on the opposite end of the train from the locomotive so the train can be operated in both directions without turning it around.  

The single-level car No. 104 was retired by GO in 1994, replaced by the new bi-level cars with much greater passenger capacity, and then sold to the "Agence métropolitaine de transport" for commuter operations in the Montreal area. The AMC removed the car from service in 2010 and it was purchased by the "Société de chemin de fer de la Gaspésie" for passenger service in Eastern Quebec province. No. 104 was reacquired by Metrolinx in January 2017 and restored to its GO Transit operational appearance in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the provincial commuter agency and the permanent display of the car at the Toronto Railway Museum."

The image below captures the refurbished GO Cab Car #104 waiting in the Mimico Yards on Friday, May 12th to be transported overnight to the Toronto Railway Museum. 

Click here to read Part 3 of this series!

Posting by Russ Milland

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