rick_foo | 1 Jan 02:02 2005
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Trip report, Via #66, Friday,Dec. 31, 2004


Currenty aboard Via #66, The Metropolis, on New Year's Eve, the last 
train to Montreal from Toronto this year.
I am riding in the Via 1 car and have access to the Internet, thanks 
to my cousin's laptop computer.
The consist for today train is as follows:
9xx locomotive (I'll fill you in later, once I can identify when I 
get off)
3461 Via 1
3601 Via 1 (not in service, but not deadheading)
3337 Coach
3328 Coach
3353 Coach, seats backwards
There coach cars are very well patronized. The forward Via 1 about 10 
passengers on board.
The train left Toronto Union Station on time at 5 p.m..
The menu served in first class consisted of some sort of cheese dish 
with pickled mushrooms and leeks as an appetizer; steak, chicken or 
halibut as a main course (I had the fish); and chocolate cake for 
dessert. The meal ended with the usual Via Chocolate Truffle.
At Kingston, the crew announced that the train was only one minute 
late. A few moments later, the crew warned that someone was caught 
smoking on board. We were sternly reminded that anyone caught smoking 
would be thrown off the train. (The message brought a light chuckle 
from passengers in my car.
Noticed that one level crossing west of Kingston had to be flagged by 
a CN employee. The
A cute little anecdote: the usual spiel at the beginning of the trip 
explicitly mentioned Train #66 as being The Metropolis; I wonder if 
this is done on a regular basis.
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rick_foo | 1 Jan 05:17 2005
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Re: Trip report, Via #66, Friday,Dec. 31, 2004


--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@..., "rick_foo" 
<rick_foo <at> y...> wrote:
> 9xx locomotive (I'll fill you in later, once I can identify when I 
> get off)

That was locomotive 909. The train arrived at 9:07 p.m., 8 minutes 
late.
Ricky Leong
Montreal

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Tom Box | 1 Jan 13:17 2005
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Re: Trip report, Via #66, Friday,Dec. 31, 2004


Ricky Leong wrote:

> The menu served in first class consisted of some sort of
> cheese dish with pickled mushrooms and leeks as an appetizer;

"Goat Cheese Crisp with Marinated Mushroom Salad"

> steak,

"Grilled NY Sirloin Steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes,
green beans, grilled tomato and onion rings."

> chicken

"Penne Carbonara - Penne noodles tossed with a rich Alfredo
sauce with smoked chicken and bacon"

> or halibut as a main course (I had the fish);

"Braised Halibut with fennel, peppers, leeks, carrot coins
and capers in a white wine stock"

> and chocolate cake for dessert.

"White & Dark Chocolate Mousse Gateau"

> We were sternly reminded that anyone caught smoking would be
> thrown off the train.

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RailPast | 1 Jan 14:41 2005
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OS: Spiderman unit on #70


Just saw it from my bathroom window. Through Ingersoll  <at>  08:41, about 20
minutes late.

Walter E Pfefferle
Ingersoll, Ontario
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gone_wild | 1 Jan 17:59 2005
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Re: OS: Spiderman unit on #70


Well when it was on #75 last night, it was 10 minutes early into 
Windsor. At least the City. I was in the outskirts of town at a 
restaurant and out in the parking lot and I looked up, and there a 
train went by at 19h35m.

Ian
Windsor, Ontario
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http://www.trainweb.org/wmrc/index.html
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?name=Telus6429

--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@..., "RailPast" 
<railpast <at> s...> wrote:
> Just saw it from my bathroom window. Through Ingersoll  <at>  08:41, 
about 20
> minutes late.
> 
> Walter E Pfefferle
> Ingersoll, Ontario
> Rail Past web site http://geocities.com/railpast
> http://railfan.thegrebs.com/Railpast-Photos

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rick_foo | 1 Jan 18:36 2005
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Skeena write-up in Globe and Mail


See page R11 (or R19?) in today's newspaper, or go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3qw8c

Winter prevails on the rails

Sidestepping the summer crowds, JOHN LEE savours the icy wilderness 
of northern B.C. on a two-day train journey

By JOHN LEE
Special to The Globe and Mail
Saturday, January 1, 2005 - Page R19 

JASPER, ALTA. -- It's just after noon in Jasper, and the steel 
carriages servicing one of Canada's most spectacular rail journeys 
are lurching away from the town's quaint, snowcapped station. With a 
temperature of minus 10 and a weak winter sun already fading behind 
the mist-cloaked Rocky Mountains, it's a good time to be inside.

Via Rail's two-day, 1,160-kilometre Skeena route to Prince Rupert in 
northern British Columbia is a popular summer trip, but in winter -- 
when it's transformed into a mesmerizing traverse of the region's ice-
covered wilderness -- it's a secret shared mainly by locals.

While the train often has a dozen carriages during peak season, today 
there are just two: one seating car and one combined lounge, bar and 
domed viewing car. For the 15 passengers on board, this promises to 
be an intimate, relaxed and uber-cozy winter adventure, where the 
common stresses of train travel -- finding a good seat, washroom 
lineups and battling other passengers in the restaurant car -- are 
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trainman882003 | 1 Jan 19:54 2005
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Re: Trip report, Via #66, Friday,Dec. 31, 2004(smoking)


It's funny you should mention that I took #73 to Windsor on
Boxing day. While riding Via 1 a coach passenger was caught
smoking in the washroom. The attendant in the club car confronted
the passenger. All along I could see him nodding his head 
denying he was smoking I made a comment to a fellow traveler
that his cigarette smoke was still in the air rising out of
the washroom this too brought a chuckle. I don't know how
these people think they can get away with it in such an enclosed
space without someone noticing. Terry,

--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@..., "rick_foo" 
<rick_foo <at> y...> wrote:

"A few moments later, the crew warned that someone was caught  
smoking on board. We were sternly reminded that anyone caught 
smoking would be thrown off the train. (The message brought 
a light chuckle" 

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westernstar27 | 1 Jan 17:30 2005
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Re: VIA map in TRAINS


As the person who originated the 'Map of the Month' and the VIA all-
time route change list in TRAINS, I feel now that I must a) no 
longer 'lurk' on this YAHOO group and b) Defend myself against the 
numerous attacks (some of them personal) which I have been subjected 
to since the article/map came out. 

This was the result of two years' work with numerous sources both 
official (timetables, notices, etc.) and unofficial (requests for 
information with a number of people whose information checked out as 
mostly correct.) 

The many changes of the Transcontinental services proved to be 
especially daunting as many of the subtle changes were hidden in 
various VIA timetables as well as CN and CPR employee timetables. 

I would not be much of a researcher if I didn't invite correction. 
In fact, I welcome it. I wanted then (as I do still now) to put out 
the most accurate product of its' type possible. Sadly, however, 
certain members of this list have taken it upon themselves to 
proclaim my work as totally inaccurate simply due to a date 
discrepancy or a wrong milepost. Yes, I am an American resident, but 
should that make any difference in what I put out if the effort was 
there? I think not. 

If you would like to send me a correction, I'd be happy to change my 
master copy, provided I can somehow confirm the change (so I would 
need to know where a change is in writing, e.g., a special timetable 
supplement, advertisement, job bulletin, etc.) so I can track that 
down. 
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Canadian | 1 Jan 15:16 2005
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Michael Salfi | 1 Jan 19:56 2005

CPR Transcontinental passenger trains


About a week ago I posted some information on CPR transcontinental passenger
trains in 1957.  I have a few more questions regarding those trains circa
1957.

As a reminder, there were 3 daily westbound transcontinental passenger
trains as well as 3 daily eastbound transcontinental passenger trains. Of
these, the "Canadian" westbound as Train #1, eastbound as Train #2 (as well
as westbound Train #11 (Toronto to Sudbury) and eastbound Train #12 (Sudbury
to Toronto)); the "Dominion" westbound as Train #7, eastbound as Train #8
(as well as westbound Train #3 (Toronto to Sudbury) and eastbound Train #4
(Sudbury to Toronto)); and un-named westbound as Train #5, eastbound as
Train #6 (as well as westbound Train #9 (Montreal to Sudbury) and eastbound
Train #10 (Sudbury to Montreal)).

I'm familiar with the entire consist of the "Canadian", but am looking for
some information on head-end cars that would have been seen on the daily
westbound and eastbound "Dominion" and the daily westbound train 5 / 9 and
eastbound trains 6 / 10.

Would the head end traffic be a combination of baggage, box baggage, mail,
and crew cars? And how many of each in relation to the remainder of the
train?  Would there be any other cars (I remember discussion of flat cars
possibly being at the head end of these types of trains).

Thanks for any assistance that can be provided.

Mike

Michael Salfi
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