Friday, April 19, 2019

On Board the 660

On Friday April 19, 2019 I was given the opportunity to take a look at the interior of one of Ontario Northland's newly built accessibility coaches numbered as the 660 series at Cochrane Shops. 2 in total were built. Today we look at the 660.
The cars are absolutely spacious, maintaining that quality design of the 650 series coaches, but with newly implemented elements that will accommodate anyone with mobility issues.
On the top left is one of the features of the car which is a wheelchair lock down with a permanent table.

In the October 2018 issue of the ON News, a write up on the 660 reads that this newly built car was designed based on the Canadian Transportation Authority Code of Practice - Rail Car Accessibility and Terms and Conditions of Carriage by Rail of Persons with Disabilities, and CSA Standards.
On the middle left is the newly designed accessible washroom with a ton of space and a power assisted door. The photo doesn't do this washroom justice because it is huge! On the other end of the coach is the regular, smaller washroom.

There are also more specialized storage areas that are exclusive of the 660 series coaches.
As you can see on the bottom left, the safety features and emergency exits are similar to all other 650 series coaches and are supplied in seat pockets at every seat. These same guides are also posted on the walls at each end of the car.
Today, both the 660 and the 661 are busily working the 421-622 Polar Bear Express with one of these cars always included in the consist.


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