Thursday, November 17, 2016

Saying goodbye to Car 2001 – our very first LRV

On September 20, Calgary Transit began the decommissioning process on Car 2001 – the very first Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) to arrive in Calgary.

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.

7 comments:

  1. Can you please describe what happens to the other parts that aren't useful to reuse for other trains? What does everything weigh (reusable, recyclable, waste etc.)?

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    1. Hi there. We will recycle and reuse as much as possible. Some parts cannot be reused or recycled, such as the body which is made of Fibreglass, so it will be scrapped.
      The weight of the reusable, recyclable and waste components is unknown.

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  2. I am also interested in the fait of the remaining LRT parts.
    It would nice to see the shell go to a local business or individual to be converted into a coffee shop or part of a business or even upcycled into the concept of a new public space. Or added to the container park in kensington next ti that station so it may become an art instalation or street art canvas.

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    1. Hi Zach. Calgary Transit would like to keep one of the original CTrain cars and it could potentially be used for some of the purposes you’ve outlined. However, at this time there are no firm plans and there is no funding for this type of project.

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  3. I would like to spearhead a project where i either as an individual or through a not for profit or my business purchase a stripped down car. Could you pleaase advise me as to whom I may make an initial contact with ti action a future reclamation?
    Cheers
    Zach Lowe

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    1. Please give Calgary Transit a call at 403-262-1000. They will get some more info from you and send it to the appropriate people. Thanks for your interest in preserving a piece of Calgary Transit!

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