GO Niagara – 4 Years Ahead of Schedule.

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GO Niagara – 4 Years Ahead of Schedule.

Post by NS VIA FAN » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:18 am

GO's plan was to implement weekday GO Train service between Toronto and Niagara Falls in about 4 years time.......but now beginning on January 7/19 an existing Toronto – Hamilton train will be extended to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

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The new train leaves Toronto in the evening and returns from Niagara Falls in the morning....running opposite to the VIA (Amtrak) Maple Leaf and similar to an old schedule VIA discontinued in 2012.

GO does plan to implement additional frequent train service...... but for now. there's hourly GO Buses from Niagara Falls connecting with Go Trains in Burlington.

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Re: GO Niagara – 4 Years Ahead of Schedule.

Post by dowlingm » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:33 am

One train per day and has to reverse into Hamilton West Harbour until the through track is constructed (as it is an extension of a timetabled West Harbour train). It might be ahead of schedule but I don't think it's what people out there were expecting

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Re: GO Niagara – 4 Years Ahead of Schedule.

Post by briann » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:27 pm

Where will the reversing occur? I'm not aware that Amtrak's Maple Leaf has to reverse anywhere on its route between Niagara Falls and Toronto, which I assumed was a straight run from Niagara Falls through Hamilton West Harbour to Aldershot (although I could be wrong).
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Re: GO Niagara – 4 Years Ahead of Schedule.

Post by marquisofmississauga » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:01 pm

briann wrote:Where will the reversing occur? I'm not aware that Amtrak's Maple Leaf has to reverse anywhere on its route between Niagara Falls and Toronto, which I assumed was a straight run from Niagara Falls through Hamilton West Harbour to Aldershot (although I could be wrong).
That is correct. The Maple Leaf and the summer week-end GO trains go straight through Hamilton. They do not use the station at West Harbour which has its tracks off the main line.

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Re: GO Niagara – 4 Years Ahead of Schedule.

Post by NS VIA FAN » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:22 pm

dowlingm wrote:One train per day and has to reverse into Hamilton West Harbour until the through track is constructed (as it is an extension of a timetabled West Harbour train). It might be ahead of schedule but I don't think it's what people out there were expecting
It's the start for an eventual all-day rail service that wasn't to begin for at least another 4 years....and returns a morning train to Toronto and an evening run back to Niagara Falls that disapeared with the VIA cuts in 2012. I'll take it!...and certainly won't complain about a back-up move that will be eliminated.

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