British Columbia Rapid Transit Company 500/600 series
|Model||ICTS Mark I|
|Built at||Kingston, Ontario|
|Formation||6 cars per set (occasionally 4 per set)|
2 cars per unit set (semi-permanent)
BC Transit (1991–1999)
Rapid Transit Company
|Doors||2 per side|
|Top speed||90 km/h (design)|
80 km/h (service)
|Electrification||650 V DC|
|Traction motor||3 phase AC linear motors|
|Safety system||Thales SelTrac S40 (ATC)|
SkyTrain cars 121-136 are 16 UTDC ICTS Mark I units built in 1991 in Kingston, Ontario. They run exclusively on the Expo Line in 6 car sets and may be coupled with other Mark I cars from other build years.
They are distinguished by a large front window in place of a door in addition to minor interior differences from their 1984-85 counterparts. They originally featured door buttons, but were removed shortly upon delivery. The button locations were of buttons were covered up with a plate or disconnected.
This batch was originally intended for Milan, Italy in time for a new line serving a stadium that was to be a venue for the World Cup of Soccer. After UTDC refused to install traditional motors on the chassis, they were sold to BC Transit at a discount price. The cars were subsequently placed into service following the extension of the SkyTrain to Scott Road Station.
Following a tradition of other railroads around the world, cars were named after cities, towns, and geographical locations in British Columbia "to foster goodwill throughout BC towards our ALRT system... a symbol of British Columbian excellence". The names were removed upon handover of ownership to TransLink.
As of 2017, these cars became the last vehicles in TransLink's fleet to remain in BC Transit colours. However, the livery is usually covered by ads as these cars are frequently used for ad-wraps.
Other than minor interior and exterior works, these cars have yet to be refurbished and are not part of the current refurbishment project that is currently ongoing for the 1984 and 1985 Mark I cars. These cars also did not have their interior lights retrofitted in 2011 to LEDs as part of an initial refurbishment project.
As these cars did not undergo any major refurbishments, it is speculated that this batch along with the Mark I cars ordered in 1995 may be retired between 2021 and 2024, when a new order of Mark III cars meant to replace some Mark I cars arrive. However, there are no confirmed reports as to which Mark I cars will be retired first.
Trains operate in 6 car sets, or 3 groups of 2 car semi-permanent married sets. Sets can be coupled with other Mark I pairs from other build years.
|121-136||28 - American Seating Innovator 850|
5 - Fold down
- The Province - It's SkyTrain translink.ca, retrieved 24-02-2017