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  1. jiml

    4 underused U.S. rail lines that should be revived

    Fascinating, and likely not a complete list.
  2. jiml

    CPKC and Amtrak. A possibility?

    CP is milking this for all it's worth and it certainly can't hurt their needed approvals. Their current management seems unusually "passenger friendly", not only in the US but with a couple of pending projects this side of the border.
  3. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    I'd venture to say federal politicians on either side couldn't care less whether trains cross the border. They're the ones that have influence over customs officials. New York State, Michigan and Ontario on the other hand are very supportive but the process is out of their hands. I've ridden...
  4. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    @neroden answered a good part of your question, but also at the time of the International there was only the one route (Port Huron) which happened to be served by two of Amtrak's and VIA's lowest priority "stop everywhere" trains - now the Blue Water and VIA's Sarnia service. The International...
  5. jiml

    VIA Service Cuts 2022 version

    VIA Rail has dropped Business Class from its corridor services and reduced the number of trains in response to the pandemic. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/via-rail-temporarily-cuts-service-between-ontario-and-quebec-1.6314864 Alcohol service had already been suspended on most trains...
  6. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    Thanks for the added detail. To your last point I concur, however if you apply your same detailed analysis to the CP line - particularly between Toronto and London via Cambridge, it does not shout speed and efficiency either. GO serves the route as far as Milton, ON, with plans to extend to...
  7. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    Thank you very much for posting and clarifying. I used a hastily created Google map as opposed to the detailed one I have to avoid copyright issues.
  8. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    Further complicating things, a new player has entered the market replacing Greyhound: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/new-onex-bus-service-eyes-january-launch-date-for-windsor-to-london-ont-routes/ar-AASHa0l?li=AAggNb9
  9. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    There are technically two sets of Essex Terminal tracks that could be used, and ironically both were constructed to serve Ford engine plants. One exits from the CN line near "Windsor Transload" in the upper right of the map, the other just left of the Windsor Engine Plant near the center. They...
  10. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    Correct - exactly the two options I was referring to. 1B requires some track upgrades and 1A requires interchange switches. Also correct. It wasn't just Customs delays that killed the International, but also VIA's choice to use it as the "milk run" on the northern route between London and...
  11. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    @fdaley raises an interesting situation. If either Amtrak or VIA wanted to serve both Detroit MC station and the existing VIA station without building a new station, the ideal solution would be a push-pull trainset (such as Siemens' latest) that ran to VIA's present station on CN, reversed...
  12. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    There are a few options. The closest is a yard track that runs through the Ford engine plant. It looked a little rough in aerial photographs a few years ago, but nothing money couldn't fix. Several miles east of Windsor the two lines cross at grade with no switches, then there's London - approx...
  13. jiml

    VIA New Corridor Trains - 2021 Update

    New Fleet News – presented by Bruno Cacciola - YouTube
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    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    Getting between Eastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario by rail - a brief summary: There used to be 4 (or more accurately 3 1/2) routes. Starting from the north is the CN main line from London, ON, via Sarnia, ON, and Port Huron, MI. It is CN's primary route for freight and is mostly...
  15. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    As I mentioned earlier, there is likely no market for a Windsor to Chicago train. Windsor is not a big place that attracts a lot of visitors and Windsor residents have other options to get to the US. There is also no existing Windsor station on the CP line and a circuitous path to get from it to...
  16. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    You sure about that? I think you're remembering that Amtrak had to do some rewiring on locomotives they acquired from GO Transit - not VIA. Amtrak and VIA equipment have operated together on many occasions. From an occasional VIA P42 subbing for an Amtrak unit on the Maple Leaf pre-pandemic to...
  17. jiml

    Funding, Border Inspection and Operation of Cross Border Services

    This would be the model for St. Lambert (suburban Montreal stop on the Adirondack) if the Montreal pre-clearance ever came to be.
  18. jiml

    Agreement between CP and Amtrak about Detroit River Tunnel

    The Ontario Provincial Government was committed to making this work prior to the pandemic. I was on a "mailing list" at the time and received material on the subject. There was concern that they would attempt to operate GO-style bilevels on the route, which has partly come to fruition with...
  19. jiml

    Funding, Border Inspection and Operation of Cross Border Services

    Each passenger rail crossing of the US-Canada border is unique in how it is handled by authorities on both sides. I'm most familiar with the Maple Leaf, which prior to its suspension was handled as described in the post immediately above (although 90 minutes was more typical) at the Niagara...
  20. jiml

    Funding, Border Inspection and Operation of Cross Border Services

    Not a chance. There are currently no examples where Canadian border officers operate in other countries. This differs from the US where officers do pre-clearance in places like Canada, Aruba and Ireland. AFAIK, provision was made for a Canadian "office" in the Niagara Falls, NY, Amtrak station...
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