GO customers sitting in a train car during the 1960s

Test your train might by taking the HistoricGO quiz – How well do you know your GO?

Even during the historic disruption caused by COVID-19, we know you’ve been enjoying our past stories exploring the changes GO Transit has seen over the decades. Well, now it’s time to see how closely you’ve been paying attention. Test your knowledge below by taking our latest quiz – one that will take you through GO’s 53-year history. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it almost as much as we have enjoyed digging through boxes and archives to uncover these reminders of yesterday.

We have some history together – including moving through a pandemic together.

You may have also been on the Lakeshore Line GO platform on that first day back in 1967 – or stepped on one of our buses for the first time this week.

Maybe you remember riding the transit rails to your first Blue Jays game at Exhibition Stadium or pulling into the station on a hot summer day for your annual trip to the Canadian National Exhibition.

So it’s no surprise that GO Transit’s colourful history leaves customers with a mountain of memories and questions.  Were the trains always green? When did service start on the Milton line? How long ago did people stop smoking on the trains?

In past months, Metrolinx News dug into old boxes and bins, and pulled out vintage images, brochures and buttons. We see how well read those ‘HistoricGO’ stories are.

So whether you’re a rookie rider or a veteran GO customer – even if you’re not yet back using the transit system – we think you’ll enjoy challenging your transit know-how with our HistoricGO quiz.

As you head into the weekend, it’s a good time to look back and see how closely you’ve been paying attention.

What does the GO in GO Transit stand for? 
A GO train pulls out of Union Station in downtown Toronto (Metrolinx photo)
Government of Ontario
As it’s a government agency. (Correct. You know us so well)

Get On
The service was a child of the 60s culture, and the saying was thought to be hip. (Bummer man, that’s wrong) 

Geoffrey Obergeist
the owner of the Canadian steel company that made the original rails. (Sorry, your answer is, well, off the rails)
GO Transit started as… 
One of the first bi-level GO coaches is delivered by trucks in the 1970s (Metrolinx photo)
A three-year experiment with single deck coaches 
Yep, that’s us as a baby transit agency 

A response to the war effort in moving troops in and out of Toronto
A romantic notion, but very wrong

An Ontario highway project that ran into difficulty with funding, so the original road was turned into the first GO rail line.
  Interesting, but untrue

When was the inaugural train on the Richmond Hill GO line?
A vintage train was used to carry the message that GO was operating on the Richmond Hill line. (Metrolinx photo)
April 29, 1978
You got it, that was the day of the first run.

June 9, 1970
Nope, nice try.

July 4, 1912
Nice try, but no.

What GO Station did a local school take a historic class trip to in 1966 as the sod was being turned?
Students gather on a nearby roadway, during the sod turning ceremony. (Metrolinx photo)
Rouge Hill 


How much did Rouge Hill Station cost to build?
What the Rouge Hill GO station would look like, according to the September 1966 edition of Canadian Rail magazine. (Photo courtesy Canadian Rail magazine)
Correct. Have you been training for this quiz?

This was the 1960’s, come on.

Nope, you’re way off.
When was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the start of Milton Line GO service?
Engine 910 makes short work of a ribbon, opening the Milton line. As well as customers on the platform, notice the train engineer taking a look out of the window. (Metrolinx photo)
October 25, 1981
You got it.

 October 31, 1991
No, that would be too spooky.

September 10, 1971
That’s a hard no.
What station was added to the Milton Line in the 2000’s, long after service started in the 1980’s? 
A keepsake button from the day. How may are still tucked at the back of junk drawers in Ontario? (Metrolinx photo)
Lisgar GO
Great answer, you rock!

Malton GO
Nope, we can’t support you with this answer.

Port Credit GO
It’s a bright idea, but no.

What year was smoking outlawed on GO vehicles?
GO passengers in the 1960s exercising their right to smoke on the train. (Metrolinx photo)
Correct. That’s when the ‘clean air era’ started.

Wrong, it is smoky in here?

It was never allowed.
Yikes, you’re seriously incorrect.

What colours were GO’s first bi-level train cars? 
Customers sit on a GO train in the 1960s (Metrolinx photo)
Brown and yellow
Sadly, yes. We’re still trying to move on

Green and white
Nope, tricked you.

Black and white

Where can you find one of GO’s original train cars from 1967?
Customers boarding a GO train in the 1960s when GO trains were still single level (Metrolinx photo)
The Toronto Railway Museum
That’s right, you can check out anytime, right outside the Rogers Centre

Union Station
Nope. you won’t find any relics there

The Smithsonian Museum
GO isn’t that famous, yet…

Story by: Scott Money, Metrolinx social media advisor