A couple of months ago, some sort of train that looks similar to a skytrain in Vancouver randomly appeared at the ex BC Rail Yard here in Squamish. I've been meaning to get a picture of it for weeks, but haven't had the camera to get one. So my mom has kindly lent me her camera....Would anyone have any guesses as to where/what this train is for?
No, not Canada Line, those are under the Oak Street Bridge.
it could be BC1, the first SkyTrain car ever built. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's currently in revenue service - I think it may have been retired sometime in the late 90's. It could have possibly been bought by the yard?
Sometimes the West Coast Heritage Railway park will store some of their extra trains/coaches, usually the recently acquired ones in that area. The Heritage Railway park was behind where I was standing from, which is just on the otherside of the road. As it is, you can see the generator coach the Royal Hudson uses to power the passenger train when it's running, just to the right. So perhaps Newflyer is right, and it's actually an original Skytrain. Would anyone possibly have a photo of it?
I'll see if I can go back down to the site later this week after I build the motivation to run down there to get up close to the train.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2008 22:33:28 GMT -8 by Ferryman
It is the very, very first demo car for the Mk 2 series, it's quite old. BC transit ran out of room for it at the SkyTrain Maint facility and then turned it back to Bombardier who at the time had a facility directly across from the SkyTrain Maint facility. When the Mk 2s were done and Bombardier closed shop the car was turned back over to SkyTrain where it was briefly used for training, but space constraints led to it being donated to WCRA.