GO train delays caused by switch problems
Passengers vent frustration as trains delayed, cancelled by broken switch
A broken railway switch caused widespread problems for up to 10,000 GO Transit commuters this morning, as trains across the network were delayed and cancelled.
The problem began when the switch, located west of Scarborough station on the Lakeshore East line, appeared to have frozen up with morning temperatures in the -5 C range, a GO Transit spokeswoman said in the morning.
It later turned out to be a mechanical problem with the switch that was unrelated to the weather, Anne Marie Aikins told CBC News this afternoon.
The broken switch led to delays and cancellations affecting both Lakeshore lines, the Kitchener line and the Stouffville line.
Trains couldn't switch between tracks one and three and weren't able to access the Danforth and Scarborough stations.
"It's the only switch we've had problems with this morning but it's had a huge impact, which we really regret," Aikins said.
Some GO passengers took to Twitter to vent about the delays. Many were frustrated that the first hint of winter weather created such widespread problems.
Really kinda sad that with all improvements over the years that the first little bit of frost STILL causes <a href="https://twitter.com/GOtransit">@GOtransit</a> delays! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CmonMan?src=hash">#CmonMan</a>—@LTZ29
For a rail system operating in Ontatio, Canada (y’know, a place with winter climate) <a href="https://twitter.com/GOtransit">@GOtransit</a> sure has problems when winter happens.—@pvanb
Just after 9:30 a.m., GO Transit tweeted that crews were able to apply a "temporary fix" to the switch and that trains were rolling again.
Aikins said that although it first appeared the problem was weather-related, when crews opened up the mechanics, they confirmed the problem with the switch was caused by wear.
Passengers are being offered refunds because of the delay.