Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission Walkley Yard
WWalkley Yard is a rail yard located at 3101 Albion Road North in Ottawa, Ontario. It is used by OC Transpo to store and maintain the trains for the Trillium Line as well as by CN for its local freight service.
Walkley yard was originally constructed in 1955 by the National Capital Commission to allow the Canadian National Railway (CN) to relocate so that the Queensway could be built.
In 1967 the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) occupied the northern half of the yard. Eventually, CP's presence in the Ottawa area dwindled and CP only made limited use of their portion of the yard. Starting in 2001, CP began leasing the storage and maintenance facilities to the City of Ottawa for the O-Train. By 2007 the rails in the northern half of Walkley Yard had been removed.
CN occupies the southern half of the yard. In 1998 CN sold its Ottawa operations to the Ottawa Central Railway which used the yard until 2008 when it was purchased by CN. CN continues to use the yard to this day, however has expressed the possibility of ending its freight service in Ottawa and abandoning the yard.
In 2001, the City leased the maintenance and storage facilities owned by CP to use for the O-Train pilot project. 3 Bombardier Talent trains were stored in the yard and maintained by Bombardier. In 2014 the facilities were upgraded and expanded to accommodate 6 new Alstom Coradia LINT 41 vehicles. The upgrade included new storage tracks as well as a washing bay. Despite the Bombardier Talents being retired in 2015, Bombardier continues to provide the maintenance on the Trillium Line's fleet.
As part of the Stage 2 LRT extension project, the City will not be renewing its lease with CP and will instead build a new facility directly to the West of the current facilities. The new facility will house the 6 LINTs as well as 7 new Stadler FLIRT trains. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in 2019.