Discussion of Canadian Passenger Rail Services such as AMT (Montreal), Go Transit (Toronto), VIA Rail, and other Canadian Railways and Transit

Moderator: Ken V

  by Gilbert B Norman
 
The Bob Johnston article regarding VIA in August TRAINS would suggest to a reader that off-Corridor, "they're done for".

There is no longer means to wye a train at Halifax, which means Coach seats need be turned, if they even can in that equipment they bought second hand from somewhere overseas, and if they continue to assign a Dome-obs, that will no longer be an obs, but rather a "listen to the music" and "smoke gets in your eyes" experience.

Sleeping and Dining service are gone from the Churchill train. I guess the Canadian Northern service through Kapitachuan Club is still around. There is no highway into many of those communities up there - including that noted where I was dumped during Aug '56 for three weeks in a canoe (not my idea of fun).

The thought from the Johnston piece that really floored me was that to support their dwindling passenger and political support base, VIA must attract the well heeled carriage trade to the trains. Problem is that with The Canadian's unreliability - even with a 48 hour schedule pad since I rode it during '65 - no high end tour "wholesaler" will touch it.

It's simply "TILT; Game Over".
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
Other than "essential services", they are really done. Impressive 50 years ago they ran with 48 hour schedule
padding in 1965, and I would believe they would have served more of an "essential" service then than now,
especially with many rural villages and flag stops since vanished.