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Calgary Transit - Photos, News, and other neat things

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Okay, now since I've seen some TTC posts, I might as well give the prairies the same treatment. This is for Calgary Transit, the transit system in Calgary, Canada. I might refer Calgary Transit as CT (not to be confused with Community Transit). I was born in Edmonton, but don't remember as much from there, but I might do one for Edmonton as well if I can (and some help from the Edmonton locals here on the forums!)


Calgary Transit serves the city of Calgary and is operated by the transportation department in Calgary. The system is made up of bus, light rail transit, and BRT. The bus fleet consists of 945 buses (not including shuttle buses) which also includes BRT. The LRT or known locally as the C-Train (not to be confused with the C Train Line in NYC), spans 2 lines of 58.7 km or 36.5 mi of track. Power is drawn from overhead lines (panto-graphs) and most of the line is separated via right of way. The C-Train is the only system in North America to be 100% powered by wind-energy, making it the greenest LRT in North America. 2 more C-Train lines are in planning, including the North-Central LRT, and the SE LRT (or SE Transitway currently). 


Now for some images of the system (images were taken by me):




The oldest C-Train car, the Siemens-Duewag U2, built in 1983-1985, from West-Germany. This model is also used in Edmonton, Frankfurt, and formerly, San Diego.




The more newer cars, the Siemens SD-160, built in 1999-2001, from California. This model is only found in Calgary. The low-floor equivalent, the SD-100 can be found in San Diego. The updated look is shown below.




The updated SD-160, built 2008, from California. This variant can be found in Calgary and Edmonton. A low-floor model, the S70, can be found in San Diego.




7th Avenue, dedicated to transit. The C-Train runs on the road in downtown, giving it a sort of streetcar vibe. It makes the C-Train quite interesting.




An SD-160 at one of the downtown stations. The platforms are raised, not low-floor. 7th Avenue is a good place for rail fanning really close to the trains.




Shuttle bus.




Nova Bus LFS, delivered in 2010.




One of the newer New Flyer XD40s, built in 2013/2014.




Not uncommon to see buses running on 7th Avenue. Buses and trains share the road. It's quite awkward when you think a train is coming, but it ends up being a bus.




One of the numerous New Flyer D40LFs. Calgary, along with Edmonton, has a majority of New Flyer buses in their fleets (especially Edmonton).




This is the right of way for the C-Train in action. The middle car is a Siemens U2AC. The U2s have DC motors while the U2ACs and SD-160s have AC motors. This car along with another like this make up the only 2 Siemens U2 AC cars in existence.




An interior shot of a Siemens-Duewag U2 #2011.



More photos will come soon!

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My goodness... Some of those trains are so old looking! Even the interior of the 2011 looks outdated!


The U2s are pretty much unloved. Calgary Transit just keeps them running and operational, the interiors are old and smelly too. Edmonton's U2s were recently refurbished by Bombardier, I can try to get a photo of the interior if I can (I'm heading to Edmonton next week). We are getting new LRT cars in the fall which will replace most of the U2 fleet.

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I've been to Montréal several times, but I never used public transit there.  We always walked or were in a car.  Calgary seems to have a Euro look like Montréal.

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Here are some images from last year:




This is #1046. The last remaining GM Fishbowl that was in service. It was last used in 2012 when the entire fishbowl fleet was retired and scrapped. #1046 is painted in the early Calgary Transit livery (prior to the red strip/coca-cola livery and the 3 stripe livery). This is the last one on transit property and is under preservation for news events and Doors Open (a weekend to see behind the scenes of city facilities not open to the public, call it a transit behind the scenes tour).




The GMC plate on #1046.




Interior of #1046. 




One of the newest buses in our fleet, the XD40 fleet which replaced all the high floor buses. Prior to the arrival of these buses, our fleet included GM Fishbowls and MCI Classics.

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Well, they were in pretty good condition when they retired. Personally, I like them better than the XD40s. The fishbowl was an iconic bus, and I'm glad it was operating until 2013. It surpassed generations to bring back the past.

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Some recent images taken:




Siemens SD-160 #2323




Siemens-Duewag U2 #2022


And as a direct comparison to the Siemens-Duewag U2 in Edmonton:




ETS Siemens-Duewag #1019. Refurbished by Bombardier in 2012.

(An Edmonton Transit System Thread will be up soon!)

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