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  by gaspeamtrak
 
Notsure if this the right place?
Can anybody tell me what the food service is like on the "Northlander" and "Polar Bear Express is like at this time of the year?
What are the prices and what types of food do they serve/brands?
Thanks..
  by labaienordique
 
I'm not sure what the Polar Bear Express has, but the Northlander's dining car offers more snack-like food than meals. Prepackaged sandwiches, canned soup, muffins, cookies, fruit & beverages (pop, juice, etc). I believe the Northlander also sells alcohol exclusively for consumption in the dining car. Prices are slightly expensive (comparable to Via Rail's) and I don't believe interact is offered on the train, so I would recommend bringing some physical cash.
  by Pensyfan19
 
On March 10th, 2021, Ontario Northland operated a test passenger train from Cochrane to North Bay for the first time since 2012. This could hint at a possible return to passenger service along the route, most likely the Northlander, and hopefully service all the way to Toronto.

https://railpictures.net/photo/767185/
  by dowlingm
 
I don’t know if Northlander is coming down the tracks for real, but the next Ontario election sure is (no later than June 2, 2022), it wouldn’t be surprising to see this be one of many goodies ladled out in the next 9-12 months, not least given it as a very public promise before the last one. I still think it’s a mistake to reinstate it in full as an end to end ONR service, but political realities in North Bay may preclude other outcomes.
  by NS VIA FAN
 
From the archives......the Northlander at North Bay in 1983
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  by Pensyfan19
 
Update from Railway Age. Sounds pretty good so far.

https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/co ... annel=news
The province of Ontario, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (Ontario Northland) and Metrolinx are advancing plans to reinstate Northlander passenger rail service, with the release of an Initial Business Case.

Northlander service—which ran between Cochrane, North Bay and Toronto, in conjunction with bus service—was discontinued in 2012. Ontario Northland currently operates four buses daily between Toronto and North Bay, and one or two buses daily from North Bay to Timmins and Cochrane.

As part of the 2021 Ontario budget, the government committed C$5 million to support planning and design work for a new 13-stop route. That route, option 6 in the Initial Business Case (download below), would serve Toronto (Union Station), Langstaff, Gormley, Washago, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, North Bay, Temagami, Temiskaming Shores, Englehart, Matheson, and Timmins or Cochrane. Buses would connect communities between rail stops.
  by briann
 
As reported by the BayToday newspaper (https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/nort ... to-4784374), on Monday 22nd November ONTC operated a trial run of the Northlander between North Bay and Toronto. ONTC spokesperson says "We are validating transit times and evaluating track conditions as part of our ongoing work on the Northeastern (Ontario) Passenger Rail Service business case." The article also seems to confirm that the northern terminus of the route will be Timmins, not Cochrane.