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VIA Rail
#76
Speaking of VIA has there been any news at all of an additional Kitchener-Toronto run using the refurbished self-propelled trains?
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#77
(05-15-2017, 01:01 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Seems a bit strange that they would introduce alcohol searches for travel FROM Thompson, but apparently not on trains TO Thompson.

There are a number of isolated communities that use VIA to get to/from Thompson for supplies. That's probably why the policy is only for travel from Thompson.
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#78
According to the article it's going to be rolled out nationally, though Manitoba will probably be the focus.

There's been no news of additional service that I've seen, but word is they're buying back a dozen RDCs from Trinity Rail Express in Texas. Considering eight of them have been sitting at Mimico unrestored for years if not decades, I'm not optimistic. The move has raised the ire of Jason Shron from Rapido Trains, who wants the feds to aim a little higher.
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#79
(05-15-2017, 04:34 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: According to the article it's going to be rolled out nationally, though Manitoba will probably be the focus.

There's been no news of additional service that I've seen, but word is they're buying back a dozen RDCs from Trinity Rail Express in Texas. Considering eight of them have been sitting at Mimico unrestored for years if not decades, I'm not optimistic. The move has raised the ire of Jason Shron from Rapido Trains, who wants the feds to aim a little higher.

There was a correction indicating that it is not a national policy for checking baggage.

Which is good, because requiring people to arrive an hour before a train on the corridor would be basically be a guarantee of automatic failure for any and all Via services.

I do hope Via rail service expands soon.
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#80
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#81
(03-04-2016, 07:06 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I was looking for a VIA Rail thread and couldn't find one (which tells you something!).  In any event, an interesting piece in The Record about testing of refurbished, self-propelled railcars from the 1950s for use on a possible third daily run between Kitchener and Toronto.  I seem to recall riding this kind of railcar to get to Toronto years ago.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6377...w-service/
Any update on this?

/s
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#82
My dad was asking me about this the other day, and I sheepishly had to tell him I had no idea what was going on with them. Are they going back and forth between London and Sarnia or something?
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#83
I know there's about half a dozen of them sitting in Mimico waiting to be restored. The rest are probably at the rebuild shop out east. I haven't heard anything about the operating funds being granted.
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#84
Ahhhhhh, so they never actually went into service? The couple of them that passed through here were just on their way to refurb (potentially)?
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#85
Some more perspective on the Budd Cars here:
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/06/23...udd-cars-2
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#86
(09-29-2017, 07:18 PM)Canard Wrote: Ahhhhhh, so they never actually went into service?  The couple of them that passed through here were just on their way to refurb (potentially)?

If they had yellow fronts they wouldn't have been refurbs. Striped, white, or silver fronts would have been. They probably sent them up to the Sudbury-White River run as soon as testing finished. You'd know if you saw the Mimico cars; they weren't even part of the last rebuild in the late 90s, and they show it.
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#87
(05-15-2017, 12:21 PM)Chris Wrote: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/v...-1.4114845

Via Rail searching bags after drinking, assaults on Manitoba trains
Customers asked to arrive an hour early to have carry-on bags checked for alcohol

I know this is an old post in this thread, but I'm typing this while surfing WR Connected on a VIA train, and this is my view....

   

(and yes, the contents of the bag have been added to their coffee! )

Coke
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#88
(10-02-2017, 01:02 PM)Coke6pk Wrote:
(05-15-2017, 12:21 PM)Chris Wrote: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/v...-1.4114845

Via Rail searching bags after drinking, assaults on Manitoba trains
Customers asked to arrive an hour early to have carry-on bags checked for alcohol

I know this is an old post in this thread, but I'm typing this while surfing WR Connected on a VIA train, and this is my view....

(and yes, the contents of the bag have been added to their coffee! )

The attendant checks their bag...
"Yep, that's alcohol. Welcome aboard."
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#89
(10-02-2017, 01:02 PM)Coke6pk Wrote:
(05-15-2017, 12:21 PM)Chris Wrote: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/v...-1.4114845

Via Rail searching bags after drinking, assaults on Manitoba trains
Customers asked to arrive an hour early to have carry-on bags checked for alcohol

I know this is an old post in this thread, but I'm typing this while surfing WR Connected on a VIA train, and this is my view....



(and yes, the contents of the bag have been added to their coffee! )

Coke

Good for them! We're not in Prohibition times... even though sometimes it feels like it.
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#90
/\ Agreed! You can take your own booze/beer on Amtrak trains, why not here? It is behaviour that should (and is) be the subject of rules and enforcement rather than taking some default position that if you're drinking it's automatically assumed you're going to behave like an asshole.

Further, if I want to sit on the beach or in a park and have a beer or bring wine for a picnic, why should that be illegal? So long as I clean up after myself, don't hassle or annoy others, or behave like a drunken oaf, then what's the problem?

Time to modern up.
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