TransLink Canada opened its first SkyTrain line in 1985. SkyTrain is the oldest and one of the longest automated driverless light rapid rail transit systems in the world.
SkyTrain currently has 53 stations serving three lines: Expo, Millennium, and Canada Line’s. The Expo and Millennium SkyTrain Lines connect downtown Vancouver with the cities of Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. The Canada Line connects downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the city of Richmond.
Opened in December 2016, the Evergreen Line expansion to the Millennium Line is an 11-kilometre extension to the SkyTrain providing more direct connections for residents. Delkor Rail supplied 50,000 Alt 1 Baseplates, which is a proven reliable and highly robust elastic bonded rail fastener.
Keeping Vancouver Moving
Metro Vancouver comprises of Vancouver and 23 surrounding cities and towns. It is a city built around its thriving and ever-expanding light-rail system. In April 2018, 146 developments could be counted being built close to a SkyTrain station for future residents to be able to easily move around the Metro Vancouver area.
With such importance being placed on the transit system for the ever-expanding Vancouver population, the city needs a reliable and dependable mass transit rail system. With weather ranges from -20 degrees to +30 degrees, and close to half a million travellers each week, the challenge for TransLink is to ensure little-to-no maintenance requirements to avoid disruptions that can ground the transit system to a halt.
The Delkor Rail Alt. 1 Baseplate is a simple one-piece bonded rail fastener designed to improve noise & vibration performance, reduce maintenance and provide in track durability. In projects in Sydney, Australia, the Alt 1 Baseplate has nearly 30 years proven no maintenance in service.
Sydney based Delkor Rail is working on projects across Canada including the near complete Ottawa LRT, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the new Edmonton LRT.