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  1. jiml

    KCS accepts CN's merger offer...What does this mean for Amtrak?

    Mods may want to consider merging this thread with the primary discussion of the KCS situation under Freight Railroads? There's a lot of common ground. Suggested title: KCS Merger Discussion and Possible Implications for Amtrak?
  2. jiml

    KCS accepts CN's merger offer...What does this mean for Amtrak?

    Dead On Arrival Department Of Justice Surface Transportation Board The latter has to approve the merger, taking into consideration various factors (which can be Googled). The DOJ has picked up on something they don't like - likely competition-related and has strongly suggested that the STB not...
  3. jiml

    Texas Eagle Sightseer lounge discontinued

    That's the word I find most concerning, repeated in the phrase "decision to retire". That sounds more like the thin edge of the wedge rather than a "one-of" situation. If they said there was a shortage on other routes and equipment had to be redeployed, then say that. People will not be any...
  4. jiml

    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/canadian-pacific-railway-big-decision-171148791.html
  5. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    One has to wonder how these cars would have fared in a warmer, more hospitable climate.
  6. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    I actually really like the green. It's the best looking VIA locomotive scheme ever.
  7. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    They're actually really comfortable inside and, as @NS VIA Fan has suggested, very smooth-riding at high speed - something a Budd car is not. The track between Windsor and Toronto is not the smoothest in the country and the Renaissance coach/VIA 1 cars used to be regulars on that route before...
  8. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    Agree on all points, but my understanding was that weather-related problems were still the root cause of VIA's decision to scrap them. Something to do with freeze-thaw cycles and corrosion as a result, weakening the overall structure. IIRC in 2017 they had a third-party company do a study into...
  9. jiml

    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    These are two bratty kids who don't get along in their home sandbox. ;) I see it going one of two ways. Either CP will raise their offer (doesn't have to be quite as high as CN's) and use their existing approval to proceed or one of the two will partner with a US Class 1 to share. Now it's just...
  10. jiml

    Greyhound Canada to cease operations

    Both names were used and I believe it ran with only a number for awhile.
  11. jiml

    Riding Sunrail for the first time...

    GO does that too with same explanation in those older cab cars on non-rush hour trains.
  12. jiml

    KCS accepts CN's merger offer...What does this mean for Amtrak?

    This was a predictable outcome.
  13. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    I had thought they were once the flip style, but lost that ability when the airline style tables were added to the seatbacks. I'd doubt there's room for the traditional pivoting seat sets found in the full-width coaches. Anyway, I plan to find out in-person as soon as the Ocean resumes. ;)
  14. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    I haven't been in a Skyline in 20 years, but have a vague recollection that they lost the "flipover" seats in the dome during one of the refurbs which would make them somewhat "unidirectional" as well. Not sure the dome would have the same novelty running backwards for anyone but railfans. (I'd...
  15. jiml

    Greyhound Canada to cease operations

    Megabus has introduced service between Toronto and Ottawa, partially filling the void: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/megabus-coming-to-ottawa-following-greyhound-shutdown-1.5428439
  16. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    They're alive and well (and accessible). Prior to the pandemic shutdown there were two consists on the Ocean - one was a hybrid mix of Budds and Renaissance, the other an all-Renaissance with a Park car bringing up the rear. The bad sentiments about the cars have overshadowed the fact that they...
  17. jiml

    What's VIA's plan for the Renaissance cars?

    There is at least one Renaissance consist in corridor service between Ottawa and Quebec City. The coaches and VIA 1 car are very nice from the passenger perspective. If ridership recovers before the Siemens sets arrive, more will have to be deployed to get even close to the pre-Covid schedule...
  18. jiml

    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    Right on both counts.
  19. jiml

    KCS accepts CN's merger offer...What does this mean for Amtrak?

    As posted in the original merger thread, CP may not be done yet. https://www.amtraktrains.com/threads/canadian-pacific-buying-kansas-city-southern.78549/post-895553
  20. jiml

    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    CP may not be done yet: https://www.cpr.ca/en/media/canadian-pacific-comments-on-update-from-kansas-city-southern
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