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- Aug 24, 2003
The Montrealer had its Canadian C&I done at Cantic QC in the middle of a field essentially! The process was carried out on the train while the train stood at the point just short of where the line from Rouse's Point and St. Albans meet at Cantic. Been there done that several times.Of course Amtrak used to have an extended Vermonter to Montreal once upon a time, called the Montrealer.
U.S. border formalities were completed at the station stop nearest the border in St. Albans, VT, though, not Montreal.
(And yes the tracks between there and Montreal were horrible.)
As you say the US C&I on the southbound took place at St. Albans.
At that time the Adirondack also had its Canadian C&I at Cantic. After the Montrealer was discontinued the Canadian C&I for the Adirondack was move closer to the border at LaColle and the adjacent road checkpoint so that it could be staffed out of without requiring a longish drive to the middle of nowhere.
One significant difference between the erstwhile Montrealer and the current Vermonter is that the Montrealer was an overnight train through Vermont, whereas the Vermonet is a daytime train. It is unlikely that the timetable will get flipped for it when (if) it gets extended to Montreal. I suspect it will still be a Vermont State funded train.