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  1. NS VIA Fan

    Canadian border to open in November

    A least a first step to the return of Amtrak!!......but probably at least a couple of months away before crews are requalified etc. Also the logistic of verifying vaccine status/negative test at origin so someone is not denied entry at the border and no train back until the next day. For...
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    Getting from Seattle to Vancouver

    Although Greyhound Canada has ceased operations.....US Greyhound has said they will still serve the Seattle <> Vancouver run once the border fully reopens. And I don't think there will be any cruises until the border is fully open and that will probably around the same time Amtrak resumes...
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    Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries

    The pedestrian tunnel opened in 2015 so the ferry is now mainly used by airport vehicles and those that have authority to cross. No public/passenger vehicles. Pedestrians are allowed but most are just dropped off on the mainland side.....take the elevator down to the tunnel and walk over to the...
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    Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries

    Yup.....take the Ferry or just walk under the Harbour Channel.
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    Did Amtrak ever use mail hooks?

    Union Pacific ordered 9 Stainless Steel RPO's from Budd in 1963 complete with the mail bag hook attachment on the door....... but I don't think they made it to Amtrak 8 years later in May '71. http://rrpicturearchives.net/pictures%5C56011%5C286a%20UP%205908.jpg Six of the cars went to VIA and...
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    Did Amtrak remove the bathrooms from the Viewliner train roomettes?

    It should have been without asking but it wasn't!
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    VIA New Corridor Trains - 2021 Update

    Reported across Toronto this morning and now out on the Kingston Subdivision. Should be in Montreal late this afternoon!
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    A Winter Ride On VIAs Canadian (with photos)

    I'm guessing those photos are of the platform track in front of the Niagara Falls ON Station? There's only one GO Train a day using it (4 GO on weekends) and I don't think anything (freight) is crossing the Whirlpool Bridge right now into Niagara Falls, NY. The main track of CN's Grimsby...
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    VIA New Corridor Trains - 2021 Update

    Thanks to a heads up from a member over at the CanPassRail Forum......here's a link to a video posted by YouTuber Rojo Railfan showing UP 8488 underway with the first VIA Siemens 5-car set including the Cab Car along with two VIA Locos 2200 & 2201.
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    Did Amtrak remove the bathrooms from the Viewliner train roomettes?

    In my younger days when I 'graduated' from a coach seat to a lower berth then into a Roomette (old style) with an in-room toilet and sink.....I thought they were the greatest! Even those tiny Slumbercoach single and double rooms had a private toilet right in the room with you. So compact! Then...
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    Canadian New Years Eve…what can I expect?

    Here's a couple views of a Cabin for 1 (or old style Roomette) Her purse is on the toilet.....so you can easily use it as a foot rest.
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    Watching the Weather from a train

    Here's a link to a ride through a snow storm on the Ocean https://www.amtraktrains.com/threads/dashing-thru-the-snow.76865/
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    Canadian New Years Eve…what can I expect?

    As I've posted before.....here's a link in the Trip Report forum to a 'Winter Ride on the Canadian' I took several years ago and IMHO....the best time to ride! https://www.amtraktrains.com/threads/a-winter-ride-on-vias-canadian-with-photos.58023/
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    Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries

    Thanks for posting. I've been across there a few times. That's the MV Trans St-Laurent....and nearly 60 years old! Built in 1963 but you'd never know as its up-to-date and very well maintained. And yes.....it's a big river and getting wide: 23km here. The last 'bridged' crossing of the St...
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    The Canadian's Dome are now Open!

    VIA has just updated this page on their Web Site to show that access to the Park Car and Skyline will now be accessible to passengers based on limited capacity. It also appears all meals are now served in the Dining car including Lunch....not just Breakfast and Dinner. It's the Covid menu but...
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    A Covid 'Atlantic Bubble' Road Trip (& some Trains too!)

    Thanks for posting the pictures.....I know the area well! Easy to follow the old CN right-of-way in those views. To bad it's been mostly obliterated with the construction of the divided Trans Canada Highway.
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    Hurricane Ida - 08/2021

    We're starting to feel the effects of the remnants of Ida in the Maritimes now. Heaviest rain will be along New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy coast and through the Moncton area. VIA's 'Ocean' went through Moncton last evening....but there is no eastbound train today.
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    The 'Ocean'......First Run! (with photos)

    And I'll keep this post updated with Ocean info as it becomes available. PS.....have you visited the CN Caribou....a.k.a the Newfie Bullet equipment display in Corner Brook? I did last year. A Covid 'Atlantic Bubble' Road Trip (& some Trains too!) | Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum...
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    Timetables returning in September?

    What a resource! Thanks for that :)
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    The 'Ocean'......First Run! (with photos)

    It's usually 'Manor' Sleepers that are found on the Canadian as they offer more Cabins for 2 (Double Bedrooms) and the larger Cabins for 1 (Roomettes). They were refurbished to match the new interior scheme when 'Prestige Class' was launched. The Canadian does occasionally have a Chateau and...
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