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Old February 29th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #201
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Canada is more populated than Australia but Australia has well-developed intracity networks. Just comparing commuter networks, I'd agree that Canada's might need a bit of improvement.
Australia's population is concentrated, essentially, between Brisbane and Adelaide in an arch close to the coast. Only Perth sticks out among big cities.

Canada has many medium-sized out-of-the-way cities like Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary.

Moreover, Australian network is far from perfect: it is not practical to travel by train long distances, it takes too long, people just fly. And they have that break-of-gauge in Queensland, something Canada doesn't.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #202
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Being sparsely populated should never serve as any excuse for deficient safety standards, right. No offense (honestly), but I find the state of this country's railways to be even more deplorable than (the few) New Zealand's own questionable examples I've chanced to watch filmed on ewetube.

So, Melbourne's commuter grade crossings aside, how does Australia's railway safety standards compare to this country's?

Anyhow, here's a rough map of the Quebec City-Windsor corridor -- I think about 12 000 000 people live within 70Km of it:
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Old March 1st, 2012, 11:33 PM   #203
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Today's :
Via Rail train probe finds high speeds in deadly crash
"... the train was travelling 67 miles an hour (108 km/h) while changing tracks. But the speed limit for changing tracks in the area that train was passing through is 15 m.p.h., or 24 km/h. ...



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:PFFT: All the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto trains I've ridden exceeded 15MPH switching tracks, each switching was an uncomfortable experience ... heck, trackside, I remember watching a freight exceed the switching-track speed, it must've been doing 30MPH
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 07:28 PM   #204
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Outside of the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, the only other place within Canada where I can see a useful intercity rail passenger service within the foreseeable future is Edmonton-Calgary.

Anyways, if/when the Canada-USA border checkpoints can be removed, I consider it a 'no brainer' for the Windsor-Quebec City corridor to be seamlessly connected to Amtrak's Detroit-Chicago services (and restore/redevelop the Michigan Central station? ), as well as upgrading the connection between Toronto-Niagara Falls with Amtrak's Empire Services, Montreal-NYC (and Boston?) Adirondack services and the Seattle-Vancouver Cascade Services line

Little else.

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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:01 PM   #205
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Second time the past few days somebody's taken to misnaming the corridor, plus the inherently long distances being written about apply more to the probably-most inactive thread throughout this very forum, CANADA | High Speed Rail.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 02:41 AM   #206
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Yesterday's soft (more comprehensive than today's hard report):
TSB sounds the alarm on railway safety after derailments


St-Charles-De-Bellechasse, Feb 25 2010 - A derailed Via train is pictured is St-Charles-De-Bellechasse, East of Quebec city, February 25, 2010. The west-bound train derailed early in the morning, hitting a house but not killing anyone according to first report.
Death-trap loco from two weeks ago also landed on its side.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #207
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Via Rail train probe finds high speeds in deadly crash
"... the train was travelling 67 miles an hour (108 km/h) while changing tracks. But the speed limit for changing tracks in the area that train was passing through is 15 m.p.h., or 24 km/h. ...



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:PFFT: All the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto trains I've ridden exceeded 15MPH switching tracks, each switching was an uncomfortable experience ... heck, trackside, I remember watching a freight exceed the switching-track speed, it must've been doing 30MPH
Does this stretch of track have an unusual point arrangement? In the UK its normal for trains on conventional tracks to cross points at much higher speeds than 15mph, or even 60mph for that matter.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #208
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Somewhat correcting what I'd been implying, another newspaper article reported several days ago that the points, switch where the crash happened was unlike the majority of the them found throughout the corridor. The majority are supposedly gauged for 45MPH yet still make an uncomfortable ride at track-changing. High-speed points, turnouts, switches aren't known to be in the Canadian railway lexicon, as far as I can tell The points were deployed to avoid fouling nearby track maintenance, being an exceptional circumstance which must explain their existence, installation.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #209
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In response to the following 17-month-old news:
today's -- deficient fencing plus breach of conduct kept being mentioned:
Radio-Canada* investigation looks into fatal train accident -- 11'49"
"... 'And yet deaths on Canadian railways are not uncommon.'
'Every week!' ..."
-- 1'21"

"... ' ...former transport safety board investigator had a look at the data compared to what is stipulated in the law.'
'Exactly. And what he says is here you have all the elements that come to the definition of what a threat is under the Act...'
'As it's written in the law.' ..."
-- 4'17

"... 'And that is the type of approach that has traditionally been followed by the industry and in fact by government that there's action taken after somebody is killed or injured, and public outcry arises, "What are you doing about that?!" and so something is done in the immediate area around where somebody was killed or injured.' ..." -- 6'15"
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Radio-Canada* investigation looks into fatal train accident


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* Radio Canada = French-language CBC ... one-hour investigative report (in French) airs today at 9PM EDT.
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Old May 12th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #210
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Old May 15th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #211
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Hi, I'm a newcomer in here. I would like to know more about railway in Canada, especially the passenger service over there.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 04:10 AM   #212
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Is there any way Amtrak's Maple Leaf can be rerouted through Hamilton?

seems like if that can be done ridership will be higher. A bit.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 03:11 AM   #213
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Canadian passenger rail service is probably one of the crummiest and definitely underdeveloped; I bet Australian service would be far more interesting.

Aldershot station --served by the Maple Leaf-- is 8Km from Hamilton. If you zoom in to the bottom left corner of this map (you might have to click twice to open this pdf file), you'd see Hamilton lies on CPR's red Hamilton Sub, which appears to altogether bypass Niagara Falls, going to Buffalo instead, while the American and Canadian intercity services take CN's blue Grimsby Sub. Having just peeked at Go Transit's commuter timetable, it seems Hamiltonians must have successfully fought for the reintroduction of rail service period sometime the past 23 years.

I'm curious how long Maple Leaf customs inspections take each way; same curiosity for Cascades services
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Old May 18th, 2012, 04:41 AM   #214
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Today's :
Via Rail train probe finds high speeds in deadly crash
"... the train was travelling 67 miles an hour (108 km/h) while changing tracks. But the speed limit for changing tracks in the area that train was passing through is 15 m.p.h., or 24 km/h. ...



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:PFFT: All the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto trains I've ridden exceeded 15MPH switching tracks, each switching was an uncomfortable experience ... heck, trackside, I remember watching a freight exceed the switching-track speed, it must've been doing 30MPH
Why on earth is CN only maintaining 15 mph points on what appears to be a mainline? Especially since their own trains have been known to do double their speed rating across them?

At least 30 mph points are needed--preferably, 50. (PRR mainlines maintained 50+ mph points 60 years ago.)
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Old May 19th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #215
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I think I myself had had to reread the article to learn that the points were seldom used, for --uhm-- rare track maintenance purposes, being why the turnout was activated The following is what happens with crummy safety standards in this country, and that's referring to the federally-regulated track, so who knows what the real death rate must be:
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Old May 28th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #216
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Mind boggling...That is something you would see in a 3rd world country without regard for personal safety. Whosever idea that was not to put a guard there should be jailed.


There is no current plan for HSR in Canada is there? I would think it would be quicker to build one than its southern neighbor.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 11:53 PM   #217
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Blathering and blathering alone itself is all that's defined by Canadian HSR plan ... mind you, just by the filmer's car-speak (vocabulary) proves that it took somebody not from Quebec to go so far as to be narrating the stupid crossing ...

Yesterday's :
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'Representative's commission' to Tunisian in South African deal
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Old July 4th, 2012, 02:28 PM   #218
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VIA Rail overhauls schedule

From their own press release:

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Transcontinental Trains

The Canadian: The Canadian currently provides three round trips per week, year round, between Toronto and Vancouver. Demand for this service is strong and growing during the summer months; VIA has invested more than $55 million to improve service along this route, and is upgrading equipment to meet customer needs.

Demand for this service during the off-peak season, however, is much lower, and has fallen steadily for the past 15 years. Three round trips per week during the off-peak season are no longer needed to meet demand. Beginning this November, The Canadian will offer two round trips per week during the off peak season.

The Ocean : The Ocean currently provides six round trips per week between Montréal and Halifax. VIA has invested more than $25 million to improve this service, and will continue to improve the value of this service to customers.

However, the current schedule, which has been essentially unchanged since 1990, no longer reflects current ridership or foreseeable market demand – ridership has dropped consistently for 15 years as other travel options (highways, air and bus services) have improved. Beginning this November, The Ocean will operate three round trips per week year round.

Quebec – Windsor Intercity Trains

The Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto triangle, where the demand for efficient intercity transportation is high and growing, is VIA's busiest market. In January 2012 VIA added new frequencies, including express services, between Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto. More frequencies will be added this year, and faster trains will reduce overall trip times.

The Southwestern Ontario market includes some of VIA's poorest-performing train services, where customer demand is very low. At the same time, new air services, and expanding commuter rail services in the Greater Toronto area, are further reducing the need for some weekday and weekend VIA services. Accordingly, VIA is reducing frequencies on some routes in Southwestern Ontario and will provide better integration with other public transportation services.

Montréal-Quebec City is a high demand market, and VIA hopes to add an additional frequency on this route later this year to meet the needs of customers.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 02:24 AM   #219
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It's a PC way of saying 'we're beginning to gut our system'.
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Whereas I can understand, even if I don't completely agree, with a government entity operating intercity and commuter opreations on the Québec City - Windsor corridor, nothing will convince me that 3-time-a-week transcontinental/overnight trains are some sort of public necessity that should be offered by the government at subsidized rates...
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