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  1. NS VIA Fan

    VIA: Temporary Covid-19 .PDF Timetable Posted

    Boy that didn't take long to change! Starting Tuesday Mar 31 there will now only be one round-trip per day between corridor city pairs.
  2. NS VIA Fan

    VIA: Temporary Covid-19 .PDF Timetable Posted

    I was wondering about that too. I have one left.....also expiring the end of April. I'm going to call VIA but I'm guessing they will be extended. (VIA is very good about things like that)
  3. NS VIA Fan

    VIA: Temporary Covid-19 .PDF Timetable Posted

    And VIA has just updated their web page (as of 3:30 today 3/28) to include that all passengers will now be checked before boarding as per the Prime Minister's address today on domestic travel: "A series of health checks will be conducted by VIA Rail employees with customers before boarding our...
  4. NS VIA Fan

    VIA: Temporary Covid-19 .PDF Timetable Posted

    VIA has posted a temporary .PDF Timetable on their web page showing what services are still running....and very little during the Covid-19 Pandemic. https://www.viarail.ca/sites/all/files/media/pdfs/schedules/VIARail_Timetable_TEMP.pdf In the corridor for example...there's two trains a day...
  5. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    CN 6712 in my photo is one of the original GE units from 1918.
  6. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    Thanks....and it certainly was the 'Great White North' in Quebec.....but things are starting to green-up a bit here now although there is some wet snow forecast for tonight. At least we can get out and start doing some work around the yard now......but going into town.....we're pretty well...
  7. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    Go for it!.....I think you might really enjoy this trip. I liked the winter ride but summer and especially the fall colours would be nice. One coach on each train has a serving pantry and the 'Corridor Menu' is offered...
  8. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    I also took a short ferry ride across the St. Lawrence that offers a great view of the city: https://www.amtraktrains.com/threads/ferries-ferries-and-still-more-ferries.56250/page-16#post-837335 Then it was time to make my way back to Gare du Palais and a Business Class ride on VIA #29...
  9. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    The iconic Canadian Pacific Railway's Chateau Frontenac Hotel.....now a Fairmont (and not it's usual photogenic self with the scaffolding covering the face during a major renovation) .......sits high on a cliff along the boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence. Now a walk through the...
  10. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    I could have stayed over until VIA returned to Montreal on Sunday.....but on Saturday morning I took a bus to Quebec City. 'Intercar' has 4 buses each way daily that take about 3 hrs down the #175 Freeway. In Quebec City.....buses share VIA's beautifully restored 'Gare du Palais'...
  11. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    I sat with a couple that were heading in for a two week stay. Here's their cabin.......it's off-grid but they have solar power and there's wood for heat and cooking. (and now.....a good place to be during Covid-19 !) At Lac Brochette we're out of the woods......the roads reappear and we're...
  12. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    We followed along a river for miles through beautiful, rugged country. Winter lasts 4 months here but summers are warm with swimming and boating on the many lakes and the fall colours can be especially nice for a train ride. There were numerous stops in the next 100 miles where the train...
  13. NS VIA Fan

    By Train into the Wilds.......

    There's been a lot of VIA passenger trains that have disappeared over the last four decades including such notables as the Super Continental, Cavalier and Atlantic.....but a pair of nondescript locals that have survived are the remote services between Montreal and Jonquiere/Senneterre. It's been...
  14. NS VIA Fan

    Backing the Ocean from Sainte-Foy to Joffre

    Thanks all! ...…. and I'll be posting a report shortly for a trip between Montreal and Jonquiere I took a couple of weeks ago.
  15. NS VIA Fan

    Backing the Ocean from Sainte-Foy to Joffre

    The Durmmondville Sub......the route the Ocean currently follows is fast and it takes 3 1/2 hrs between Ste-Foy and Montreal (corridor trains can do it in 2 3/4 hrs) To continue on beyond Sainte-Foy on the north shore......the track to Hervey Jct (70 miles) is in place but out of service. At...
  16. NS VIA Fan

    Backing the Ocean from Sainte-Foy to Joffre

    We continue backing around the wye and into Joffre Yard. Now we accelerate forward.....passing the east leg of the wye we just used......then on through West Junction....across the Chaudiere River with the tops of the bridges and skyline of Quebec in the distance.... and onto Montreal.
  17. NS VIA Fan

    Backing the Ocean from Sainte-Foy to Joffre

    Now to return to CN's Halifax-Montreal mainline on the southshore of the St. Lawrence.....we have to back-up 3 1/2 miles to Joffre Yard. Here a crew member takes a rear seat in the Park Car's Bullet-Lounge for the move: At Charny we take the east leg of the wye. The track on the...
  18. NS VIA Fan

    Backing the Ocean from Sainte-Foy to Joffre

    As a follow-on to my recent post here on the Ferry and Station at Levis, Quebec...... Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries VIA's Ocean now crosses the St. Lawrence River on the historic Pont de Quebec to serve Quebec City at the suburban Sainte-Foy Station...
  19. NS VIA Fan

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    If they can get to the Border.....they can't be denied entry (same for Americans in the opposite direction) but they could be put in isolation for 14 days once back in the country.
  20. NS VIA Fan

    VIA suspends overnight trains

    Besides the cancellation of the Canadian and Ocean.....VIA has now cancelled approximately 50% of Corridor Trains and implemented a modified Meal Service. Coach Passengers will now have a 'Complementary' snack and water provided and Business Class will see a light meal offering. Certainly being...
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