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    • Good Day.   Furthur from CTV News Ottawa...... https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/lrt-service-could-be-disrupted-until-friday-1.4770368 Quote : Officials said Friday ((sic)) that 80 metres of wire was pulled down just before 11 a.m. on Thursday. Peter Lauch, the head of Rideau Transit Group and Rideau Transit Maintenance, is apologizing for the disruption and says they are still working to find out exactly how the wire broke. Crews are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible. "The system actually did what it's supposed to do," Lauch said. "As soon as the event happened, power was de-energized and there was no live power anywhere. The doors opened under battery power." Lauch said Thursday afternoon that crews had removed the wire. The stalled train was moved out of the way late Thursday afternoon. UnQuote. EnJoy!
    • Good Day. I seem to have been borne out : https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-lrt-confederation-line-wire-broken-1.5429328 LRT could be halted until Friday CBC News · Posted: Jan 16, 2020 12:45 PM ET | Last Updated: a few seconds ago Quote : At around 10:50 a.m., the wire broke and apparently fell onto a train as it entered St-Laurent station, said Troy Charter, the City of Ottawa's director of transit operations, at a press conference Thursday afternoon. EnJoy!
    • CBC Ottawa livestreamed the press conference on their facebook page. You can find it here : https://www.facebook.com/CBCOttawa/videos/1376561322526025/ Peter Lauch says the running theory is that the pantograph of the train might have snagged the catenary wire at the transition point where it changes from flexible wire to rigid. He also said that passengers on the train "wouldn't have been the wiser" as the trains are equipped with battery backup power for 90 minutes, so the lights would have stayed on and the doors would have opened. What is not clear is if the battery backup power can power the traction motors to move the train even at a low or crawl speed to the station. If the pantograph snagged the wire at the entrances of the station tunnel, depending on which direction it was coming from, it would either have needed to slow down or continue at low speed to the platform to disembark passengers then assess the situation. 80 metres of wire fell. The rigid catenary is actually a metal beam with a wire on the underside. So that would explain where the wire that was damaged came from. Not the best scenario for the O-Train to experience but seemingly a good "test" that the train can get people off and not immobilize before reaching the platform in such an incident. So that is good to know. Also it was noted that when the system detected a problem or fluctuation, the power was cut and the system de-energized, so the loose wire was not a risk or live. The plan now is to move the vehicles. There are two trains coupled together, one has the pantograph that is inoperable as the wire is down, but the other vehicle's pantograph is able to reach intact wire and receive power. Once the area is re-energized, they will raise that pantograph and use that train to pull the other train out of the station to clear space to effectuate the repairs. This seems to bring us new information on the capabilities of the trains in that one single train can push or pull another single. More details to come I'm sure.
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