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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:36 pm

Here are some videos I've taken at, or near, the Vendôme train station:

AMT commuter trains at Vendôme train station (August & September 2014) - Part 1 : http://youtu.be/W618ruAb6OY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AMT commuter trains at Vendôme train station (August & September 2014) - Part 2 : http://youtu.be/T_dIqhS5fmo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:09 pm

Here are some recent videos I've taken:

AMT commuter trains in Montreal's north borough - September & October 2014 : http://youtu.be/tRubUT9UlFI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

CN freight train in Montreal - October 2014 : http://youtu.be/1Y3QHg78OoI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For the second video, I was waiting at Via Rail's station for an AMT test train on the Mascouche line to appear, but it didn't... However, I had the chance to capture a CN freight train.

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:01 pm

Some exclusivity ahead of the AMT's new Mascouche commuter train line's opening on December 1st. I had the chance to catch this test consist of Bombardier multi-level passenger cars, pulled by an ALP-45DP locomotive in electric mode, emerging from the Mount-Royal tunnel at Canora train station. Quick video, so check it out!

Exclusive - AMT ALP-45DP in electric mode exiting the Mount-Royal tunnel : http://youtu.be/RMQU09QH6Ic" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:16 am

Yesterday I had the chance to ride aboard one of the trains on the new Mascouche line from Downtown Montreal to Mascouche. It has been a very nice trip, especially aboard the Multi-level cars.

A ride aboard a train on the AMT Mascouche line - December 2014 : http://youtu.be/OW2M27SqgZI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There are some other videos available from some riders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo_gkif36K0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This a video taken when the train passes across the bridge on Rivière-des-Prairies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTRBbHgpL8A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is a view on the protective wall near the explosives factory in Repentigny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lWEOkzqo-I" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

When the train arrives in the middle of highway 640: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui9SNGvLRUI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A ride in the middle of the highway. There are some drivers who are trying to exceed the train on the highway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKH0UjSPSqE" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

In this video, who can hear a man saying that the train runs at 122 km/h (76 mph) when it's in the middle of the highway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDpjRLyaau4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:14 pm

Here are the longer versions of my videos showing my trip aboard an AMT train on the new Mascouche line. It took me some time in order to edit it but here there are:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/F7gndrM59bA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Part 2: http://youtu.be/gQaiBQG6CmI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Part 3: http://youtu.be/8bHb5IGqjW4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Part 4: http://youtu.be/TZz-js64hqE" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

At the same time, here's a beautiful picture taken by Nicolas Houde of an AMT train heading towards Mascouche circulating on the Deux-Montagnes subdivision between Canora and Mount-Royal stations:

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 1905_o.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Here's a picture of a freshly repainted AMT F59PHI by Canadian Allied Diesel and with an AMT logo on the long hood for the first time. Picture taken by Michael Berry:

ImageFreshly repainted - with an AMT logo on the long hood by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:03 pm

Here are some other videos I've taken between the Mount-Royal and Canora stations of the AMT trains operated on the Mascouche and Deux-Montagnes lines. We can also see, in these videos, when the ALP-45DP locomotive is switching modes (from diesel to electric and vice-versa) at Mount-Royal stations before entering, after exiting, the Mount-Royal tunnel:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/Ik5gnYgnFKs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Part 2: http://youtu.be/k7D50hKQ-Y8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by Ken V » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:31 pm

AMTFan1 wrote:Here are some other videos I've taken between the Mount-Royal and Canora stations of the AMT trains operated on the Mascouche and Deux-Montagnes lines.
Thanks for sharing. Any idea why the MR90 train exiting the tunnel at the end of part 1 was using the west track rather than the normal east track?

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by ChrisU » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:52 am

Awesome videos! Do the Mascouche trains have to change modes at a certain station on the Deux-Montagnes line or is it at the engineer's discretion? Also are there any crossings on the Deux-Montagnes line where trains sound the horn or is it all in a quiet zone?

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by Ken V » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:58 pm

There are only two stations where the change of mode can take place, Canora and Mount Royal. The convention seems to be Mount Royal which makes sense since that makes the most use of electric power versus diesel.

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by ChrisU » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:17 am

Thanks! Does AMT still use F40s?

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by jwhite07 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:22 pm

Thanks! Does AMT still use F40s?
I don't think there are many left, if any. MBTA is in process of leasing several F40s which were once in AMT service.

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sat May 09, 2015 9:33 am

Ken V wrote:Thanks for sharing. Any idea why the MR90 train exiting the tunnel at the end of part 1 was using the west track rather than the normal east track?
The MR-90 was using the west track because it was used by some workers and engineers to inspect the Mount-Royal tunnel rather than regular service. You can see those workers and engineers on the background.
ChrisU wrote:Awesome videos! Do the Mascouche trains have to change modes at a certain station on the Deux-Montagnes line or is it at the engineer's discretion? Also are there any crossings on the Deux-Montagnes line where trains sound the horn or is it all in a quiet zone?
Thanks! The Mascouche trains should be changing modes at the Ahuntsic train station rather than Mount-Royal or Canora station. They have also electrified part of the CN subdivision until Ahuntsic. But they have been experiencing some problems with the catenary when the Mascouche line opened last December. Plus, there's still some construction work around the Ahunstic station. So they have to switch modes at Mount-Royal for the time being. But this can cause some problems on the schedule of the trains since the mode switching can take around 3-4 minutes and another train heading toward Deux-Montagnes arrives like 6-7 minutes after the Mascouche train during the rush hour and has to wait behind until this train finishes switching modes at Mount-Royal.

The entire AMT Deux-Montagnes subdivision is a quiet zone. In fact most of the AMT lines are all quiet zones. There might be some places like between Hudson ans Vaudreuil on the Vaudreuil/Hudson line, or between Saint-Jérôme and Blainville, on the Saint-Jérôme line, where the trains are allowed to sound the horn.

Here's my latest video. I filmed it yesterday afternoon on the Deux-Montagnes sudivision between Canora and Mount-Royal station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZY9Z2G5rrs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sat May 09, 2015 9:38 am

ChrisU wrote:Thanks! Does AMT still use F40s?
The AMT no longer use any F40. They were all replaced by the ALP-45DP on the Mont-Saint-Hilaire line although they are being used in 100% pure diesel mode. The only electrified or partially electrified train lines in Montreal are the Mascouche and Deux-Montagnes line. But most of the fleet of the 20 ALP-45DP locomotives are being used on pure diesel mode. Many people are now criticizing the AMT and the government for having bought those very expensive locomotives.

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Fri May 22, 2015 10:58 pm

Hi!

As many of you may already know, the Two-Mountains train line (Deux-Montagnes train line) is the busiest commuter train line in Montreal and serves many of the West Island and north boroughs of Montreal.

Many problems have been affecting this train line for almost 10 years and the AMT and the Quebec Government have refused to realize many projects on this line, as the deployment of double decker train cars, in order to improve service despite the fact that more than 40% of the train network's users come from this line.

A group of citizens and train users have launched a petition on the Quebec's National Assembly website in order to put pressure on the AMT and the government to improve the service ( http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2015/0 ... e-pression" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; )

The link to their facebook page is available here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMTDeux ... allygroup/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The link to the petition is available here until July 24th 2015: https://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/exprimez-vo ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Please sign it! Thanks!

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Re: AMT Montreal commuter trains

Post by AMTFan1 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:59 am

Yesterday afternoon I made a trip aboard one of the AMT commuter trains on the Mont-St-Hilaire line.

On the first video, we can have a cab view from the back when the train is leaving Central Station and when it is crossing the Victoria Bridge until Saint-Lambert station.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/7PVe2s9qr9Y" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Part 2: https://youtu.be/zfR30287zI8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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