See video as first Crosstown light rail vehicles travel from Laird Station back to their storage facility

Light rail vehicles were recently moving across the Toronto transit route. In a moment that is a glimpse of transit to come, the vehicles were being moved for maintenance – and we have the video and images.

The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) route saw an impressive journey recently.

Six light rail transit vehicles made their way for the first time from Laird Station back to the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility (EMSF), the facility that’s essentially their home base.

Image shows an LRV inside the tunnel.
The lights of the light rail vehicle shine down the Crosstown tunnel at Eglinton Station. (Metrolinx photo)
The LRV is seen close-up as it passes by.
A closer look as the vehicle moved past Eglinton Station. (Metrolinx photo)

The vehicles, the same that have been used for testing along the surface over the summer, headed back to the facility for their regularly scheduled maintenance. With the last piece of track installed earlier in the month, the vehicles were able to make the entire journey along the tracks, under their own power.

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A light rail vehicle left the EMSF earlier in November, carrying the crew who works on the vehicles, heading eastbound about 10 kilometres for Laird Station. This was the recovery train. It travelled very slowly and did clearance testing along the way, ensuring that the vehicle and systems were working properly.

Image shows the train moving down the track, next to the Oakwood sign.
The light rail cars move past Oakwood Station. (Metrolinx photo)
The train pulls past Leaside Station.
And now into Leaside Station. Notice the construction lights at the platform – which will be long gone when the first passengers arrive. (Metrolinx photo)

The recovery train arrived at Laird and the vehicle team split up among the three coupled trains – six cars in total – that were already at the station. The three trains went back one by one across the alignment westward. Once one train reached Fairbank Station, and cleared the area with limited power, the next train could leave Laird Station.

Later that same day, two new coupled trains were moved back to Laird Station from the EMSF to continue testing work in that area. Three new coupled trains will be traveling along Eglinton Avenue East to continue vehicle testing into the winter.

It was a lot of movement, heading to the future.

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Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx Senior Advisor, Rapid Transit