British Columbia Rapid Transit Company 1100/1200 series

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Bombardier ART Mark II
1100/1200 Series
In service August 31, 2002–present
Manufacturer Bombardier Inc.
Model ART Mark II
Constructed 2000–2001
Built at Burnaby, British Columbia (OMC2)
Kingston, Ontario
Fleet numbers 201–260
Formation 2 cars per set (Millennium Line)
4 cars per set (Expo Line)
2 cars per unit set (semi-permanent)
Owner TransLink
Operator British Columbia
Rapid Transit Company
Depots OMC1
OMC3
Lines served Expo Line Logo and Symbol-a.png
Millennium Line Logo and Symbol-a.png
Specifications
Length 17.35 m
Width 2.65 m
Weight 21.5 t
Doors 3 per side
Seating capacity 42 seats
Top speed 90 km/h (design)
80 km/h (service)
Electrification 650 V DC
Propulsion Linear Motors
Traction Toshiba IGBT-VVVF[1]
Safety system Thales SelTrac S40 (ATC)

SkyTrain 201–260 are Bombardier ART Mark II units built between 2000 and 2001 that run on both the Expo Line in 4 car sets and Millennium Line in 2 car sets. They were built by Bombardier in Burnaby, British Columbia at "OMC2", which is the plant across Southridge Drive from the main Operations and Maintenance Centre and in Kingston, Ontario. They were delivered as part of fleet expansion for the opening of the Millennium Line.

Features

Interior layout of Mark II 1100/1200 series cars.

These were the first cars in the fleet to be connected with an articulated joint, allowing access for passengers between the 2-car sets. The Mark IIs are also characterized by their fronts, each with a "captain" chair. They are also distinguished (in comparison to the Mark Is) with their wider and longer bodies, as well as wider doors.

In the past, these cars were never used for any external advertisement campaigns such as ad-wraps. In special circumstances such as the SkyTrain 20th and 25th Anniversary wraps and occasional Christmas wraps, these cars are used. Since 2016, these cars are now used for various external advertisements such as banner ads and ad-wraps.

History

The order for these trains were placed in 1998, with 50 cars to be built in Burnaby and 10 in Kingston.[2][3] Initially, it was planned that these trains would not have air conditioning as it was seen as an necessary expense.[4] The province spent $1.5 million to have air conditioning installed, which worked out to about $25,000 per car.[4] The overall construction of these cars cost $165 million, or $2.75 million per car and the goal was to have one car made every four days at the Burnaby plant.[4] The shell of the first set completed and shipped from Kingston arrived in March 2000.[4]

Testing for the first two cars began in November 2000.[5] The plan for fleet allocation once all cars were complete were to have 20 on the Expo Line and the remaining 40 run on the Millennium Line.[5]

When ordered, the seat moquette was wool fabric as it was far more more resistant to be slashed.[6] However, this was later changed to a variation of two types of material: a dark blue cushion pad insert with a fabric back support insert, which used the same blue and black pattern and fabric on surburban buses at the time. However, by 2008 and 2009, the back support insert was replaced with the same dark blue cushion pad insert due to sanitary and maintenance reasons.

It was planned that the cars entered service by the early 2001[5] but various glitches and technical problems delayed the launch to October 2001 and again to 2002, which made the trains miss the Millennium Line opening to Braid Station,[7] which was already delayed from June 2001.[7] Various technical problems included door glitches and lighting. CTV News claimed that the trains did not fit on the tracks, could not be powered properly, and doors had to be resized to fit at stations, all of which were claimed to be false by TransLink and Rapid Transit Project 2000, the organization that built the Millennium Line.[7] John Doyle, spokesman for Rapid Transit Project 2000, commented that these reports and claims were false[8] and that "there are some very passionate anti-SkyTrain types...and they never stop fermenting these stories."[8] All trains were ready and in service by the launch for the remainder of the Millennium Line to Commercial Drive.

Starting in 2016, the articulation joints on several sets were replaced due to age. By March 2018, a majority of the fleet's articulation joints were replaced.

During the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, security cameras were installed but were removed after the end of the games. However, one set retains its security cameras.

Formation

On the Millennium Line, these trains run in 2-car sets. However, these cars occasionally show up on the Expo Line running in 4-car sets, or 2 groups of 2-car sets. For weekday AM shuttle service between Commercial–Broadway and Waterfront, these trains run in 2-car sets. It is more common to find these trains on the Millennium Line than the Expo Line.

Details

Set Fleet number Thumbnail Paint Date Notes
1 201 SkyTrain Bombardier 201-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
  • Wrapped for SkyTrain 25th Anniverary
202 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
2 203 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
204 SkyTrain Bombardier 204-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
3 205 SkyTrain Bombardier 205-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
206 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
4 207 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
  • Wrapped for SkyTrain 20th Anniversary
208 SkyTrain Bombardier 208-b.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
5 209 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
210 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2000
6 211 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
212 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
7 213 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
214 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
8 215 SkyTrain Bombardier 210-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
216 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
9 217 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
218 SkyTrain Bombardier 218-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
10 219 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
220 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
11 221 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
222 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
12 223 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
224 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
13 225 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
226 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
14 227 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
228 SkyTrain Bombardier 228-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
15 229 SkyTrain Bombardier 229-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
230 SkyTrain Bombardier 230-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
16 231 SkyTrain Bombardier 231-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
232 SkyTrain Bombardier 232-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
17 233 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
  • Refitted with LED headlights
234 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
18 235 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
236 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
19 237 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
  • One of the first sets to be delivered
238 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
20 239 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
240 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
21 241 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
242 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
22 243 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
244 SkyTrain Bombardier 244-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
23 245 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
246 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
24 247 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
248 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
25 249 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
250 SkyTrain Bombardier 250-a.jpg Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
26 251 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
252 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
27 253 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
  • Used for a wedding in August 2016
254 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
28 255 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
256 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
29 257 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
258 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
30 259 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001
260 Translink Sweep paint scheme 2001

References

  1. Transportation System History List, toshiba.co.jp, retrieved 03-10-2021
  2. Sankar, C. (1999, January 18). Burnaby wins new SkyTrain plant, The Vancouver Sun, B1.
  3. The Vancouver Sun (2002, August 30). Millennium Moments: A brief history of the new SkyTrain line: The project was announced in 1995 by then-premier Mike Harcourt, The Vancouver Sun, B6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Munro, H. (2000, March 4). New skytrain cars to get air conditioning 'for 3 days a year': The $1.5-million feature has proven popular in humid Kuala Lumpur, the only other place the cars are in service, The Vancouver Sun, A1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Vancouver Sun, (2000, October 31). New SkyTrain cars to be tested in Burnaby, The Vancouver Sun, B7.
  6. Luba, F. (2001, January 31). Vinyl out, wool in for SkyTrain cars, The Province, A7.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Proctor, J. (2002, January 3). 'Glitches' delay launch of new SkyTrain cars, 'The Province, A3.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Anderson, C. (2002, January 4). Glitches yes, but SkyTrain cars will be on track soon, The Province, A6.
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Operations
Lines Canada Line Logo-a.png Expo Line Logo-a.png Millennium Line Logo-a.png Millennium Line Evergreen Extension Logo-b.png
Rolling stock Expo Line 1984 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1985 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1991 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1995 Bombardier ICTS Mark IExpo LineMillennium Line 2001 Bombardier ART Mark IICanada Line 2008 Hyundai Rotem EMUExpo Line 2009 Bombardier ART Mark IIExpo Line 2015 Bombardier Innovia Metro Mark IIIExpo Line 2018 Bombardier Innovia Metro Mark IIICanada Line 2019 Hyundai Rotem EMU
Yards Expo LineMillennium Line Operations and Maintenance CentreMillennium Line Coquitlam Maintenance CentreCanada Line Canada Line Operations and Maintenance Centre
Stations
Canada Line Logo-a.png Expo LineSeaBusTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR5 Hastings St WaterfrontVancouver City CentreYaletown–RoundhouseOlympic Village99 B-Line Broadway–City HallKing EdwardR4 41st Ave Oakridge–41st AvenueLangara–49th AvenueMarine DriveCanada Line BridgeportCapstan WayAberdeenLansdowneRichmond–Brighouse
Airport branch ← Towards Waterfront Canada Line BridgeportTempletonSea Island CentreYVR–Airport
Expo Line Logo-a.png Canada LineSeaBusTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR5 Hastings St WaterfrontR5 Hastings St BurrardGranvilleStadium–ChinatownMain Street–Science WorldMillennium Line99 B-Line Commercial–BroadwayNanaimo29th AvenueR4 41st Ave Joyce–CollingwoodPattersonMetrotownRoyal OakEdmonds22nd StreetNew WestminsterExpo Line ColumbiaR6 Scott Rd Scott RoadGatewayR1 King George Blvd Surrey CentralR1 King George Blvd King George
Production Way branch ← Towards Waterfront Expo Line ColumbiaSappertonBraidMillennium Line Lougheed Town CentreMillennium Line Production Way–University
Millennium Line Logo-a.png ArbutusSouth GranvilleOak–VGHCanada Line99 B-Line Broadway–City HallMount PleasantGreat Northern Way–Emily CarrVCC–ClarkExpo Line99 B-Line Commercial–BroadwayRenfrewRupertGilmoreBrentwood Town CentreHoldomSperling–Burnaby LakeLake City WayExpo Line Production Way–UniversityExpo Line Lougheed Town CentreBurquitlamTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Moody CentreInlet CentreTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR3 Lougheed Hwy Coquitlam CentralLincolnLafarge Lake–Douglas