Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Defective Wheel Bearing on the Ocean

VIA 615 (Halifax-Montreal) was terminated at Campbellton last night / this morning due to a defective wheel bearing. It was taken to the Eastern Railway Services (ERS) shops to be repaired this evening.

Michel Boudreau reports that they stopped at the Nepisiguit sub switch as usual, to reline it for the mainline after the ore train went through. There or shortly afterward, they received a hot wheel bearing warning, did an inspection, then proceeded to Bathurst. At Bathurst they decided to continue to Campbellton, and then the decision was made to stop there. The passengers were loaded onto buses to continue on to their destinations.

Apparently VIA 7217 (a coach) was the problem car. Michel posted a video of VIA 615 arriving and departing Bathurst. At the end of the video you can hear a report on the hot wheel.


drc35ca said...

Do the passenger cars carry onboard detectors? If so why was it not pulled out of revenue and put aside in Cambellton with the rest to continue? they used to keep extra coaches and sleepers there but this was before NBEC took over!

Canadian Train Geek said...

Yes, the Renaissance cars have onboard detectors.

The problem is that the Renaissance cars have nonstandard couplers and are difficult to separate, so they generally have to be taken out of service as a set.