NS VIA FAN wrote:The main reason why I mention the "overnight service" from Montreal to Toronto is so it could sort of allow some to sleep while the train is still "moving people along" to their end points – IF in fact VIA’s looking for a train to traverse the entire “eastern corridor” between Quebec City and Windsor without any transfers. Not sure if a through day train from Quebec City to Windsor would be completely marketable due to the length involved. It works on northern Quebec routes because there's no other choice than one tri-weekly train per week!jp1822 wrote:If we are talking Windsor to Quebec City - via Toronto and Montrel - is this potentially a route that could support an overnight train, with the majority of the overnight portion being between Toronto and Montreal - much like during the days of when the Enterprise operated? .The Enterprise was discontinued about 5 years ago and it would be interesting to see the O&D stats on how many passengers conected through to Windsor or Quebec City. But I don't see how the market has changed any where an overnight train would now be successful. VIA's resources are better spent on increasing daytime services......the trains people want to ride.
When the track upgrades are complete, a four hour schedule will be available again. A train could leave Montreal or Toronto at 8pm and still be in the other city by midnight.
If you had a train depart from Quebec City around 8 p.m., then be in position so it could depart Montreal at 11:30 p.m. and then arrive into Toronto at 6:30 a.m. and out by 7:00 a.m. it could be in Windsor by 11:00 a.m.
Again, this would still assume there would be a two hour layover somewhere between Montreal and Toronto in order to allow passenger friendly arrival/departure times from Montreal or Toronto. And if passengers between Montreal and Quebec City; or Toronto and Windsor; needed to get on/off at intermediate points between Toronto and Montreal, they would resort to a day train that would necessitate a transfer at Toronto/Montreal.
I don't think the Enterprise was implemented right the first time around, but it would be interesting to see what the connections were (if any) at Montreal and Toronto, aside from the Canadian at Toronto. Such a train would traverse the entire "eastern" corridor but be more advantagous to people looking to get through service between Quebec City - Montreal and Toronto - Windsor.
Could Ottawa be thrown into the schedule, thus perhaps avoiding the two hour layover if traveling just between Montreal and Toronto?