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Metrolinx Emergent Signals Construction

The Project

A&B Rail Services was awarded a multi-year contract by Metrolinx comprised of multiple projects on an emergent basis across Toronto, Ontario.



Castlefield Gate Replacement:

  • Creation of Work Plan Methodologies and Test Plans
  • Procurement of Material
  • Removal of pre-existing crossing gate mechanism
  • Installation of new crossing gate mechanism
  • Commissioning of new crossing gate mechanism

Kingston, Oakville and Newmarket LED Upgrade:

  • Creation of Work Plan Methodologies and Test Plans
  • Procurement of Material
  • Removal of Transport Canada non-compliant lighting assemblies
  • Installation of new compliant 12″ LED assemblies
  • Live circuit changes
  • Commissioning of new systems

Bala and Dixie Wayside Inspection Camera Installations:

  • Installation of new wayside cameras for high level water detection

BIS Cable Testing:

  • Located and identified redundant communications plant for future use
  • Tested cables for integrity
  • Provided testing reports and drawings for junction boxes

Bradford GO Station South Pedestrian Crossing Installation:

  • Procurement of material
  • Work Plan Methodology Creation
  • Shop assembly and wiring of bungalow and gates
  • Field cable installation
  • Directional drilling
  • Factory Acceptance Testing

Oakville Pole Line Removal:

  • Remove and dispose of abandoned pole line infrastructure
  • Site survey of all poles required for removal
  • Development of hazard mitigation procedure for the safe removal of poles

Newmarket Track Circuit Upgrade:

  • Creation of Work Plan Methodologies
  • Installation and replacement of track circuit housings along the Newmarket corridor
  • Setup and adjustments of upgraded track circuits
  • Testing and documentation for newly installed wayside equipment


The Result

A satisfied client and another quality project completed. This time-sensitive and highly involved project is an excellent example of A&B Rail Services’ project management expertise, capabilities, and commitment to Doing It Right. There were a number of challenges that came up throughout the various projects completed for Metrolinx that A&B Rail Services was able to overcome. Some of these included poor access to the work areas, sharing work space with a number of other contractors, maintaining an aggressive time line, and working on live track conditions without disruption to commuter services. As the safety of our team, our client, and the public has always been A&B Rail Services’ number one priority, procedures and systems were put in place to ensure all goals and safety standards were met. For Metrolinx, a contract with A&B Rail Services means guaranteed timely servicing for any future emergent signals systems concerns, increased efficiency in their daily operations, and increased safety for the communities serviced by the Metrolinx system. For A&B Rail Services, it means another satisfied customer in our 50-year journey to become Canada’s largest, most-experienced, and most sought-after rail services company.