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O Train Shares Tracks with Freight Trains

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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2009

This short video shows that the Ottawa O Train "Does" share a portion of its track with Freight Trains during its daytime operation. This occurs at the southern section of the north-south line between the Walkley Yard and Greenboro station. During the day freight trains from Ottawa Central and Canadian National use this part of the line to pick up and deliver railway cars at the NRC Centre for Surface Transportation Technology (Uplands) on 2320 Lester Road.

During the day these delivery runs are done between the regular scheduled runs of the O Train. Since there is approximately 15 minute service between O Trains, there is more than enough time to have a crew go ahead of the freight train to unlock and raise the extenders so that the freight train can pass safely by.

All O Train platforms are also designed to allow wider freight trains to pass by without coming into contact with the sides of the platform by the use of flip up extenders.

These flip up extenders are placed opposite the three doors on the O Train and allow people to safely access the train. However, when wider freight trains need to use the track, these extenders are locked in the upright position. The video shows the extenders in both the lowered and upright position

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