First ION train shipping from Thunder Bay tomorrow

Posted on Monday February 13, 2017

First ION train shipping from Thunder Bay tomorrow

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo’s first ION light rail transit vehicle will be shipped from Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant tomorrow. Delivery is expected to take 10 to 12 days.

“This is an important milestone for ION and the Region,” said Councillor Tom Galloway, Chair of the Planning and Works Committee. “Getting the trains into our community moves us one step closer to launching ION service next year. We still have a lot of work to do, with 13 more vehicles expected to arrive before the end of the year, but we’re pleased and will continue to monitor Bombardier closely as we move forward.”

The first train will be delivered to the ION Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility. Once onsite, it will be brought inside where Bombardier and GrandLinq staff will spend several weeks preparing the vehicle for a wide-range of tests.

Testing of the first ION train is expected to begin sometime in the spring and will initially take place along the ION test track, which runs from the Northfield ION stop to north of the Caroline/Erb intersection in Waterloo. 

“As ION moves people within the Region, it is shaping the community for the future,” said Regional Chair, Ken Seiling. “ION and an improved transit system will help us protect our farm and rural land and concentrate development in our urban areas. Daily, we’re seeing this transformation already taking place. It’s an exciting time for our community.”

Residents will be able to see the first ION train at the Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility in April, when it will be unveiled at a community event. Further details about this event will be released in March. 

The second ION LRT vehicle will be shipped from Bombardier’s Kingston plant in June or July.

To track the daily progress of the first ION train as it’s delivered to Waterloo Region, please visit:



For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Moser, ION Manager of Community Relations, 519-575-4757 ext. 3461 or

Linda Zavarella, Corporate Communications Specialist, 519-575-4008 or

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