Canada Line Train Catches Fire

The fire was on the Canada Line, which isn’t SkyTrain. For those who are not in the know, the SkyTrain system cars are powered by Linear Induction Motors or LIM’s and the Canada Line cars are powered by “squirrel cage” electric motors.

Much of Canada Line down

By DAN FUMANO, The Province December 20, 2014

Much of the Canada Line is down after a SkyTrain caught fire.

Photograph by: Submitted, Robin Leung

Electrical problems on the Canada Line caused sparks, smoke and delays Saturday afternoon in Richmond.

TransLink released a statement around 3:30 p.m., advising there was no train service between Richmond-Brighouse Station and Aberdeen Station due to a ai???problem train.ai???

By the time of the announcement, shuttle buses were in place, running between Brighouse and Bridgeport Stations.

An hour later, an update from TransLink said: ai???An investigation is ongoing. Early findings indicate that there was an electrical fault. We will know more after a full investigation.ai???

Videos and photos taken at the scene showed smoke rising from the train and bright sparks shooting from the track underneath, while it appears passengers move around the train cars.

Canada Line passenger Kevin Snaden said the ai???train smelled like smokeai??? when he and other passengers were told to disembark at Aberdeen Station.

Snaden, a 29-year-old visiting from Calgary, said: ai???Two fire trucks, ambulance and police cars were there very quickly.ai???

Canada Line service was operating as usual between the Airport and Waterfront Stations.

TransLinkai??i??s statement said: ai???We advise customers to plan for extra travel time this afternoon and we thank everyone for their patience.ai???

- Were you aboard this Canada Line train Saturday afternoon? The Province would like to hear from you ai??i?? please reach us at provweb@theprovince.com

(Video courtesy of Twitter user @markrobinsonyvr)

dfumano@theprovince.com

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