buddah wrote: WOW !!! are u serious.. I never knew about this route and it was totally a Amtrak funded and maintained route, that's different! I noticed on that timetable that Amtrak had a Windsor stop, so did they have there own Windsor station? any other Canadian stations owned by Amtrak? how was customs taken care off? you just opened up a world of questions from me... the only thing I know for sure it that it must have been when Amtrak was still using MCS in detroit...
When I rode the Niagara Rainbow in 1977 from Detroit to Fort Erie (ran via Ft Erie then, not Niagara Falls) I was seated in a car reserved for passengers de-training or boarding in Canada. When we stopped at the former Penn Central (originally the MC/NYC & CPR) Station in Windsor, the Canadian Customs Inspector boarded and asked me the usual questions. I do not believe through US passengers traveling between Detroit and Buffalo/NYC were inspected. The passengers boarding in Canada were also seated in this car and would be inspected by US officials when the train re-entered the US. You were required to stay in this car and the snack-bar attendant would come back occasionally to take orders.
Remember…..this was the original Michigan Central/New York Central route and if you traveled between Detroit and New York City or Boston back then, you went through Canada. Numerous trains per day, some with sleeping cars only and thousands of passengers.....and most not even realizing they were in Canada! How simple things were pre 9-11.
Here’s a link to an interesting book on the subject: “New York Central’s Canadian Streamliners” (scroll about half down the list)
http://www.tracksidecanada.on.ca/catalo ... REAMLINERS