SkyTrain Switch Excuse Grows Very Thin

Like the old fable; “The boy who cried wolf“, the ongoing TransLink excuse for problems on the Skytrain system is growing very thin.

Again, SkyTrain goes kaput on the tail end of the morning rush and again TransLink blames a “switch problem” as the reason.

Sorry, I just do not buy that excuse anymore and from the feedback from transit customers, nor do they.

Zwei thinks TransLink has deferred maintenance to cover financial shortfalls and like all transit systems that defer important maintenance as an economy measure, the results come back to haunt the operator big time,Ai?? just like what happened in Portland!

Vancouver commuters really donai??i??t care for these SkyTrainAi??disruptions

October 28, 2014.


Vancouver commuters faced another obstacle today on TransLinkai??i??s SkyTrain service which has been beset byAi??delays and disruptionsAi??in recent months.

A switch problem caused delays on the line between Joyce Station and Metrotown this morning. TransLink posted on its websiteAi??at 9:59 a.m that a service disruption of minor severity on both the Expo and Millenium Lines was due to a problem train in the Metrotown area thatAi??has since been cleared.

The disruption led to over-flowing crowds at SkytrainAi??stations across Metro Vancouver. Angry commuters vented their frustrations on Twitter.


One Response to “SkyTrain Switch Excuse Grows Very Thin”
  1. Haveacow says:

    What interests me is that they start the statement from the point of view that it’s a problem with a turnout (switch) but then end with the statement that a its a problem train! I have noticed this before when you show off the various technical failures with the Skytrain. Is it a communication/software problem (the operating system can’t move the turnout or has accidently opened or closed a turnout) Or has this switch caused a failure because a train has entered the wrong track and a security/safety feature forces an automatic shutdown? Or just simply the motor on the turnout has burnt out and is non functional causing a situation where the turn out is jammed half opened or just can’t move period? Or has a train passed over a poorly functioning turnout and had a minor derailment? Or is it a combination of one failure leading to another, the lack of real detail is the most annoying thing about this! Since the earliest days of automated rail systems these kind of problems and delays were common because there is no human (an operator) on the train to confirm what has actually happened. Any motorized turnout could be forced open or closed manually by an operator in an emergency, saving much time for the operation and the passengers. Even a single operator can re-rail a train which has suffered a minor derailment, as long as the vehicle has operator controls and a simple but easily used metal device that’s about a 100 or so years old, called a rerailer. Every major freight railroad in North America still uses them and all engineers are qualified to re-rail their trains in an emergency.

    Zwei replies: i am beginning to wonder if the old 6 car MK.1 trains are again having problems. In the 80’s, up to the mid’90’s, the SELTRAC automatic train control treated a 6 car rake of MK.1 as a 4 car train with a 2 car train following very closely. BC Transit could run 5 or 6 – 6 car trains but any more and the computer would have a nervous breakdown and the entire system would stop. Maybe the problem has not been rectified and operators today have forgotton problems of the past.

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