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Old April 27th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #401
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wood is really, really cheap in Canada. lots of supply. Its the same reason why in Europe you see concrete electricity poles but in Canada they are wood.
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Old April 27th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #402
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Remember the generation that bemoaned concrete sleepers, grumbling about the hard ride they yield? I do.

Me, I'm inclined to be suspicious more about neglecting to weed ballast .. LOTS of weedy mainlines criss-crossing this federation here nowadays.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #403
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Agreement to continue VIA Rail service in New Brunswick
12 May 2014

CANADA: An agreement has provisionally been reached to support the continued operation of VIA Rail’s Ocean service over a 71 km section of the former New Brunswick East Coast railway, Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced on May 12.

The Ocean runs three times per week between Montréal and Halifax, but deteriorating infrastructure and modest ridership had imperilled its long-term future.

An agreement between the province of New Brunswick and infrastructure owner Canadian National in January had seen the government provide C$25m for repairs to two sections of the coastal corridor between Campbellton and Moncton to allow freight trains to continue. But the 71 km between Nelson Junction near Miramichi and Nepisiquit Junction near Bathurst carries no originating or terminating traffic, prompting CN to put the section up for sale.

Under the latest agreement, which is subject to final ratification by the management boards of the two operators, VIA Rail will provide CN with C$10·2m for rehabilitation work to enable the passenger service to continue, and the national passenger operator is also to ‘hold discussions’ with municipalities along the route to see how ridership might be increased.

‘The continuity of VIA Rail’s Ocean service in northern New Brunswick is excellent news as it will not only benefit the users but also each community along the route by maintain jobs and supporting the local economy’, Raitt commented
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Old May 13th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #404
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Why was the decision to execute the draconian order to arrest the oil train driver in combat fatigue, balaclava and all, necessary when, all along, the fella's lawyer kept in touch with the executive division, enquiring whether any copper need to meet his client? What mechanism need bring about excess in the NON-face of risk of flight? (So just what sorta staff have we all along been voting into the legislative division up here, eh?)

Rudeness is STINKY no matter how it be sliced ..
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Old May 18th, 2014, 08:35 AM   #405
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while the train is nice (I've traveled a few times in SW Ontario..London to Toronto, London to Chatham/Windsor, London to the Niagara Region)

it is quite overpriced in some spots. However, the further ahead you book, the cheaper the price goes down, same goes for weekends.

Only along the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor is there service that is not spread too far apart. Look at a system map. Vancouver - Edmonton, and beyond.

I would love to travel across the country from Toronto to Vancouver by rail, but the prices are ridiculous.

$1900+ for a single sleeper..ONE way, youth rate (18-25 years) from Toronto to Vancouver.
Ha, wow, forgot about this post. Well, just last week, got my wish. Living in Vancouver now, and travelling from Toronto, got to take the train across the country from Toronto to Vancouver on the Canadian. An absolute wonderful experience. Paid $1800 for 2 of us and a sleeper with meals included. Great way to see the country.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 07:19 AM   #406
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I'm thinking of doing it this summer, but even that $1800 price tag is putting me off. 2 can fly to Costa Rica and back for $1400. Even factoring in the great experience of traveling by train, this should cost no more than $1200 for 2 people. They need to get their costs WAY down.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 09:05 AM   #407
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T'is that time, again, that Can-o-duh buy itself some --uhm-- fresh rejects, eh? (Comment est-ce-qu'on peut jouer avec le nom de cette fédération?)
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Old May 25th, 2014, 07:52 AM   #408
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I'm thinking of doing it this summer, but even that $1800 price tag is putting me off. 2 can fly to Costa Rica and back for $1400. Even factoring in the great experience of traveling by train, this should cost no more than $1200 for 2 people. They need to get their costs WAY down.
considering how insanely subsidized VIA is already and Harpers love of cutting funding, I wouldn't count on it.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 09:47 AM   #409
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It's neither just this country nor its PM (cheesh! foreigners probably know this country better than Canadia/ens themselves do!!!) .. dem travellers wanna go all plush so, of course, they'd get gouged on sleeping accommodation .. they'd probably be better slumbering away in coach class, coz the comfy ride's about as crappy as ever anyways, plus the sleeping facilities demselves barely exceed the 2-star grade
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Old June 8th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #410
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27 May 2014 :

Union seeks to protect rail workers charged in Lac-Megantic disaster from becoming ‘scapegoats’
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Deal signed to resume E&N rail service; boards need to ratify
Posted July 11, 2014

NANAIMO — An agreement to restore passenger rail service on Vancouver Island has been signed by Via Rail, the Island Corridor Foundation and Southern Railway of Vancouver Island Ltd., according to Southern Railway president Frank Butzelaar.

The operating agreement must still be ratified by each organization’s board, Butzelaar said, noting that Southern Railway’s board is not scheduled to meet until August.

The news is the strongest sign yet that rail service along the E&N corridor between Courtenay and Victoria could resume. Service ceased in 2011 due to concerns about the track’s safety.

About $20.9 million in funding has been earmarked by local, federal and provincial governments to replace more than 110,000 deteriorating wooden ties along the rail link, make steel repairs and upgrade bridges along the route.

Negotiations with Via to resume the service have taken years to conclude.

The Crown corporation has agreed to contribute $1.45 million a year to offset the operating cost of the service and will provide three refurbished passenger cars. The goal is to have a Nanaimo-Victoria service by May 2015.

Full service to Courtenay and Qualicum Beach would be phased in by summer 2015.

“Via was looking for someone to step in and underwrite the financial risk of the service, and that’s what we were prepared to do,” Butzelaar said. “Via was looking for [an] operator.”

Island Corridor Foundation president Graham Bruce could not be reached for comment on Wednesday evening.

Via Rail did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Officials from all three organizations had previously said that an agreement was “imminent.”

http://www.islandrail.ca/deal-signed...eed-to-ratify/
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Old August 20th, 2014, 04:34 PM   #412
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From Rail Journal:

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Lac-Mégantic report condemns Transport Canada
Wednesday, August 20, 2014



CHRONIC negligence by Canada's transport regulator has been identified by the country's accident investigator as the primary underlying cause of the derailment and explosion of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) crude oil train at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6 2013, which killed 47 people.

The train was carrying 7.7 million litres of mislabeled crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale formation to the Irving Oil refinery at Saint John, New Brunswick, when the accident occurred.

Aside from advising Transport Canada to meet its responsibilities as national rail regulator, Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) had just one new recommendation in its final investigation report, which was published on August 19. The report suggests that parked locomotives trailing dangerous goods should be secured by chocks, derailers, or advanced braking systems. Current regulation does not require the sort of physical restraint that would have prevented the Lac-Mégantic runaway

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tender has gone out from GO transit to double track the Barrie line (an unspecified distance, presumably from Union station to East Gwillimbury GO), as well as a new station at St. Clair and the construction of the Davenport Rail - Rail grade seperation. This would presumably allow for all day passenger train service on the line.

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REQUEST TO QUALIFY AND QUOTE (RQQ-C1-14-055) from Consultants closes 15:00 September 11, 2014 at the owner. The owner is seeking proposals from engineering services for the provision of engineering services for the completion Phase One: feasibility studies and preliminary design and Phase Two: detailed design and preparation of construction project documents; assistance with Procurement and evaluation; construction supervision, contract administration, testing and commissioning, post construction services and management of the services. Schedules for design, tender and construction will be finalized upon award.
Project: proposed expansion of existing GO Transit rail service to Barrie including platform expansion and addition of new lines. This project will include construction of a new station at St Clair. The Allandale Station will be followed under report number 9081204.
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Old August 31st, 2014, 07:58 AM   #414
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VIA Rail Canada by Moffat Road, on Flickr


VIA Rail Belleville_0002 by Bobolink, on Flickr


VIA Rails 908 by Dermis50, on Flickr


Via Rail Sarnia-Toronto 002ws by Nikon Norm, on Flickr


VIA 6405 by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


Canadian leaving Swan Landing by Moffat Road, on Flickr
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Old August 31st, 2014, 09:14 AM   #415
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AMT 3021 by Mystery-110, on Flickr

AMT 15 crossing over at Montreal West by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


Toronto Montreal Niagara 1114 by d33206hg, on Flickr


AMT 1359 closeup by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


AMT 1358 by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


Montreal West scene by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


AMT 807 passing Wellington Tower by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


AMT 432 @ Canora by kellergraham, on Flickr


AMT 426 @ Bois-Franc by kellergraham, on Flickr


IMG_3119.CR2 by lzcdome, on Flickr


Refurbished cab car by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr


Bombardier cab car comparison @ Montreal West by Michael Berry Railfan, on Flickr
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Old September 1st, 2014, 03:07 AM   #416
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nice!

The AMT commuter rail system might be the least photographed network in North America
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CN inaugurates Winnipeg training centre
10 Sep 2014





CANADA: Canadian National’s C$35m employee training centre in Winnipeg was officially inaugurated on September 9.

President & CEO Claude Mongeau said ‘this state-of-the-art training centre is a cornerstone in CN’s workforce renewal, which this year will see the hiring of more than 3&bsp;500 employees across our North American network. It will enhance our railroader training programmes, help us instil a strong safety culture in our new hires and reinforce it among current employees who are learning new skills or upgrading existing ones.’

The training campus is located alongside CN’s Transcona workshops and marshalling yard. ‘Winnipeg is the hub of our transcontinental network’, Mongeau explained. ‘All of CN’s east-west transcontinental traffic and our north-south cross-border traffic is funnelled through the city.’

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Roberts Bank rail corridor marks milestone
September 5, 2014 3:48 am


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The $51 million dollar Mufford Crescent overpass in the Langley Township officially opened Thursday, marking a major milestone for the controversial Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC).

This latest overpass signals the end of a $307 million plan to build nine overpasses along the 70-km stretch that connects a major coal terminal at Roberts Bank to the rest of the North American rail network.

The corridor runs through Delta, Surrey, Langley City, Langley Township and Abbotsford. Rail traffic carries international freight through communities in the Lower Mainland

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Old September 26th, 2014, 02:39 AM   #419
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First steps towards better Toronto - Kitchener rail service (including eventual High speed rail)

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Metrolinx Rail Purchase Means Better Service for Riders

September 24, 2014

Ontario Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs

Ontario is taking the next step towards two-way, all-day Regional Express Rail service along the Kitchener line, with the purchase of a 53-kilometre section of CN's Guelph subdivision rail line used primarily for GO Transit service between Kitchener and Georgetown.

The line runs from west of Main Street in Georgetown to Park Street in Kitchener. Metrolinx has also purchased property in Kitchener for the future site of a train-layover facility.

Regional Express Rail service will mean faster, more frequent trains, operating in both directions throughout the day, in the evenings and on weekends. By increasing Metrolinx's ownership along the Kitchener rail corridor, GO Transit will be able to improve service, control operations and make infrastructure upgrades needed to support service expansion, including morning inbound trains to Kitchener and evening outbound trains back to Toronto.

Building public transit and creating jobs are part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


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GO Regional Express Rail would provide faster, more frequent service on GO corridors, in both directions, all day long.
With this purchase, Metrolinx now owns 80 per cent of the rail corridor over which GO Transit operates, up from 67 per cent.
GO Transit will be doubling train service between Kitchener and Toronto in 2016.
On a typical weekday, GO runs almost 250 train trips and over 2,500 bus trips that carry about 250,000 passengers.
GO Transit carries approximately 66 million passengers per year.
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Current rail corridor ownership.


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