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Calgary Transit riders sweltering in hot CTrain cars pumping in heat during heat wave

Heat generated from braking is pumped into the old CTrain cars.

A file photo of one of Calgary Transit's older cars.

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A file photo of one of Calgary Transit's older cars.

Transit riders who just couldn’t take the heat took to Twitter Thursday after riding a stuffy old CTrain during off-peak hours.

The old CTrain cars, some of which have been in service since 1980, are being phased out this fall, but will be riding the rails for some time, according to Transit, while they are retired.

One of the charms of the old light-rail vehicles is that the heat generated from braking is pumped into the cars, which a tweet from Calgary Transit admitted is “great in the winter but not the best for summer.”

The Twitter discussion about hot cars came just as a 48-hour heat advisory from Alberta Health Services for the City of Calgary was winding down.

Due to extreme temperatures, AHS was advising folks to reschedule outdoor activities, take frequent breaks in air conditioned buildings, stay hydrated and check themselves and others for signs of heat stroke.

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