About O-Train Fans

About

O-Train Fans is a railfan operated enthusiast website, with the aim of showcasing the Light Rail Transit network operated in Ottawa, Ontario. The LRT network is both modern and state of the art, in both its execution and design, enabling commuters to travel the city with ease, while lowering the environmental footprint and saving time and money. The O-Train Fans website was born out of a desire to highlight this unique transit network, one that rivals those of other Canadian cities such as Montreal and Toronto. The arrival of the LRT is a significant milestone in the history of Ottawa, and recognizing this fact we felt it was important to showcase the LRT network, so that other interested people can learn more about what makes it special and unique.

O-Train Fans aims to highlight all the unique features of the Light Rail system, from its stations, to the rolling stock and more. We just launched recently, so please check back frequently as new content is added regularily.

O-Train Fans is not affiliated, nor connected to either OC Transpo or the City of Ottawa. Any customer related inquiries should be directed to them and not this site by visiting the OC Transpo or the City of Ottawa websites.

Thank you and enjoy the ride!

Creator and Webmaster of O-Train Fans

Shane Séguin

Born and raised in Ottawa, I have always had a big interest in public infrastructure and transit as well as urban planning and design. As life would have it, my actual work and career are not even close to being related to these areas or fields of interest. Never the less, that has not stopped me from being informed, doing my own research, enjoying and discovering all there is to know.

I am a big fan of the Montreal Metro system and the reality of having something similar here in Ottawa is truly exciting. That is why I made the decision to chronicle its arrival and the future expansions that will soon begin. This is a milestone event in the history of Ottawa, as the O-Train is a big step towards advancing our city in a new direction. The opening of the Confederation Line can't come soon enough.

The photo to the left was me sitting in the drivers cab of the Bombardier Talent during Doors Open Ottawa 2012.



Contributors on O-Train Fans

Charlie Pipe

All my life I have had a fascination for railways around the National Capital Region, and have witnessed them transform from their heyday in the 50s and 60s to their near disappearance in the 90s and early 2000s. Currently, railways in the capital are undergoing a sort of transitional period, and it is all very exciting for me to witness railways once again become a talking point for just regular folks, and also something for politicians to campaign on. I have lived all my life in Ottawa in the (once suburban) Alta Vista. I am currently retired from many years as a consultant, and worked very briefly for OC Transpo doing just that. I have had a passion for trains and transit all my life, and I hope that working on this website will help preserve the history while also being informative to others.

I also have a Flickr account where I post my historical railway photos, some of which you may see scattered around this website in the future: Visit my Flickr account here. I have posted roughly 115 so far, with thousands more to scan and post, so check every couple weeks or so and you'll get a healthy dose of historical railway photos from Ottawa and around Canada. I even have some from the molten ore trains at the old INCO mine in Sudbury.
Derek Ellis

From when I was a just a kid I was somewhat fascinated by trains. I even remember my parents taking me to ride the O-Train when it first opened. Now as a Computer Science student at Carleton University I get to take the Trillium Line to school every day.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the Trillium Line upgraded over the next few years, but I'm equally excited to see what becomes of the Confederation Line as well as the City of Ottawa as a whole in the future!


Contact us

Our goal is to have accurate information. If there is anything we got wrong, or needs to be clarified, please let us know and we would be happy to fix it. For comments, suggestions or letting us know of an error, you can reach Shane Séguin, the webmaster, by email at