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The Olympic torch runs through Aberdeen Station

The Olympic torchbearer heads up the escalator onto the train. Photo by <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/theducks/4344758411/in/set-72157623395553502/>Alex Dawson</a>

The Olympic torchbearer heads up the escalator onto the train. Photo by Alex Dawson.

Alex Dawson managed to catch some shots of the Olympic torch as it ran through Aberdeen Station yesterday!

Here’s his story (and a few more photos from his Flickr set). Many thanks for sharing, Alex!

My wife Elizabeth and I are from Australia, and living in Richmond while we’re over here on a working holiday. We commute to opposite sides of town – me on the 480 to UBC, her by train or bus to New West. On Monday night, we were txting each other status updates from our commute home. There were lineups for all trains from Waterfront, so Elizabeth got on a crowded train destined for YVR, and was going to get off at Bridgeport to change to the Richmond train. I was on the 480, about to get into Bridgeport Interchange. Changing from the 480 to the train at Bridgeport can save a few minutes, so I decided to get off and meet up with her there.

After meeting up, we decided to go out to dinner near Aberdeen, and when we got to Aberdeen, we saw preparations for the torch relay. We had no idea it was going to be there until we had arrived at the station, and we don’t usually meet up either, so it was really quite a collection of co-incidences that led to us seeing it. And a lot less stressful than it would have been if we had planned to, I’m sure!

We were standing next to a lady who said she was a friend of the torchbearer inbound to Aberdeen, and said that it had been a late substitution and her friend had only found out that morning that she was going to be in the relay.

We love it here in Vancouver. All the preparations going on for the Olympics are amazing, and it’s great to see the flame in our local neighbourhood, and how excited everyone is to be around it.

The Olympic flame at Aberdeen Station on Canada Line! Photo by <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/theducks/4345498518/>Alex Dawson</a>.

The Olympic flame at Aberdeen Station on Canada Line! Photo by Alex Dawson.

The Olympic torch passes by on the way to Aberdeen Station. Photo by <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/theducks/4344757855/in/set-72157623395553502/>Alex Dawson</a>

The Olympic torch passes by on the way to Aberdeen Station. Photo by Alex Dawson

Thanks again Alex! If anyone else has more Olympics + transit stories to share, feel free to e-mail me :)


7 Comments

  • By ;-), February 10, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Hey Jhenifer, don’t you have the authority to pull the Aberdeen and Lansdowne security camera footage? It’s been less than 24hrs.

    I’m very curious to see how the flame traveled. Does the Canada Line have in vehicle camera footage?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 10, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Oh, if only I had the power to pull the tapes :)

    I am not sure exactly how the flame travelled on the train… the ProTrans BC folks have declined to elaborate on it. If anyone else can share what they saw, that would be great!

  • By zack, February 10, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    So is this the first time the Olympic flame has travelled on a transit vehicle? The TTC streetcar attempt failed due to protesters.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 10, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    I don’t know! Olympic trivia experts out there will have to fill us in.

  • By ;-), March 23, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    Now that the event is cover…. can Translink release the super secret Canada Line footage from the security tapes?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 24, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    Sadly I don’t think so! We at TransLink do not have access to those tapes and as I mentioned, Canada Line has declined to elaborate on this.

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