Allen Hazen wrote:Whatever the issue was, it seems to have affected more than one train set: VIA has cancelled two successive runs of the westbound Canadian (the one scheduled to leave Edmonton for Vancouver on 28.xii.2017 and the one scheduled to leave Edmonton for Vancouver on 30.xii.2017). The agent I spoke to on the phone yesterday (29.xii.2017) used the word "mechanical" and said that their people were having trouble sorting it out…
Sorry, but I am confused by this information given by the VIA agent to Allen Hazen.
Firstly, at this time of year there are not two trains scheduled to operate two days apart. There are only two trains per week and they are three and four days apart. There is no train expected to leave Edmonton for Vancouver on the 28th of Dec. If the train due out of Toronto on the 26th had not been cancelled it would have been due in Edmonton at 06:22 on the 29th. I can't figure out how there would be a train due to travel Edmonton to Vancouver on the 30th unless, of course, it was the expected 26th departure from Toronto operating a day late.
From information published elsewhere, the train that broke down near Spy Hill was repaired in Winnipeg and left for Vancouver somewhat later than the time it would have departed had it been in service and on time. Reservia was showing this train but not selling any space. All types of accommodation, including the three levels of economy fares, were listed and shown as sold out. VIA had already told passengers that the train of the 26th ex-Toronto was cancelled all the way to Vancouver. So had it been in service there would likely be few if any passengers on it.