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UPDATE: Report from the GO Inagural ride today

By shost at 6:47 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2011

First, a photo of the train at Guelph as a bored VIA agent overlooks the GO train:

http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=2034

So my Daughter (her first train ride) and I braved the crowds to ride the inagural GO train ride from Guelph to Kitchener, and was it ever busy. A few hundred people got on at Guelph and with a few hundred at Kitchener, I estimate the train was nearly full as very little seating was available in most cars.

Dignitaries were on board, local MPP’s from both Guelph and Kitchener talking to constituents, GO bear, and a man in a red suit with a white beard, aka Santa Claus handing out candy canes to all the children.

A great show by GO Transit! Operational notes, both Kitchener and Guelph were limited to 5 cars for boarding/disembarking due to construction/station limits, but Guelph platform construction, at least the east end appears nearly completed. The Kitchener station seems only temporary as the¬†accessibility¬†ramp is a wooden ‘porch’ like structure.

Great show to everyone at GO and glad to see so many people on board.

Videos of the event:

From inside and outside the train, shows much of the crowd at both ends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IElzIL8jOdw

At Kitchener: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KQnlRejJ6k

- Steve

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Comment by Steven Petric

December 19, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

I shared the photo on twitter with various blogs/train followers.

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