Thursday, November 17, 2016
Saying goodbye to Car 2001 – our very first LRV
It was made by German manufacturer DUWAG and was delivered to Calgary Transit on April 18, 1980. The grand opening of the CTrain was on May 25, 1981 with Mayor Ralph Klein at the helm of the first train.
Car 2001 was in service for 35 years and has travelled over 2.5 million kilometres during that time. It’s had 44 new tires, 514 routine maintenance and service inspections, the bogies (the framework carrying the wheels and axels) were rebuilt four times and the body was refurbished once in 1998.
Decommissioning the vehicle involves removing the items of value so they can be reused to keep other LRVs running.
Over the next few years more of these original LRV cars will be retired as Calgary Transit increases their inventory of the new Mask CTrain cars. Calgary Transit is still considering whether to keep one of the old cars for historical purposes. That decision will be down the road if funding becomes available.