dsdck | 1 Jul 01:24 2005
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someone's anti-"Canada's Greatest Ride" rant

Just copying a blogger's post about CTV Travel's recent programming
called "Canada's Greatest Ride."  In addtion to not liking Valerie
Pringle, he obviously is not a railfan!

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Taken from:   http://ruk.ca/article/2936

I realize that I'm in no position to comment, but I can't
believe that
there's a television show that consists entirely of 60 live hours
of
watching Valerie Pringle take a train across Canada.

We're promised "the romance, grandeur and rugged beauty of
Canada."
What we get is endless hours of watching Valerie Pringle eating lunch.
And Valerie Pringle talking about rivers. And train guys talking about
how people with headphones walking down the tracks get wiped out by
freight trains. And shots of railway track. And Valerie Pringle
talking to waiters. And shots of railway track. And Valerie Pringle
talking about what a great trip she's having. All with a royalty
free
soundtrack of jazzy elevator music punctuated by the rail "air
traffic
control" radio chatter.

It is arguably the most boring 60 hours of television ever produced.

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Steve Host | 1 Jul 03:59 2005

Os: 88 tonight

P42, 2 very full and sold out coaches(hep1/11)... By guelph at 2155

- steve host

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Richard Longpre | 1 Jul 04:19 2005
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Re: Quebec Central

At 14:02 2005-06-30, you wrote:

>The THSF is not operating this year.

How come they don't operate? 

Richard Longpre 

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Ian Campbell | 1 Jul 06:13 2005

Re: someone's anti-"Canada's Greatest Ride" rant

 I for one enjoyed it and am waiting to see the last part. I thoroughly enjoyed all the track front footage from
the loco cam. I have never been all the way accross Canada as of yet and was thrilled to see all of the sights
that have to be offered. I also enjoyed seeing VIA's maintenance facility in Montreal. This was a true
railfan show and so what if  Valerie Pringle talked to waiters what she supposed to do? I don't know about you
but I think it's great that CTV paid for the whole shebang, it gave those of us who have never seen certain
parts of this fine country a chance to explore through her eyes. We need more programming like this!

Ian Campbell
INJ Custom Trains
Northlander30################

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gburridge | 1 Jul 07:40 2005
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Re: THSF [ Quebec Central]

At 2005-06-30 10:19 PM, you wrote:
>At 14:02 2005-06-30, you wrote:
>
> >The THSF is not operating this year.
>
>How come they don't operate?
>
>Richard Longpre
True that "THSF" had been evicted(more or less) from the East Angus base of 
operations, so they would not be running on the QCR this year. But it 
supposedly, in its other incarnation as the CF Cantons-de-l'Est, had 
reached an agreement with MM&A to operate its Budd between Sherbrooke and 
Bromont; I believe trips were scheduled to begin the week-end of the June 
24th holiday.
So this arrangement has fallen through?  Not that it would surprise me...
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     `Railways of Quebec City and South-Eastern Quebec, Past Tense.`
                       email: gburridge@... -- without the 
fish
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Canadian | 1 Jul 12:45 2005
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andychiz2003 | 1 Jul 15:13 2005
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Re: someone's anti-"Canada's Greatest Ride" rant

I must say I got bored with in quickly.  I have never seen so many ads
in a television program.  I wouldn't be surprised if the ratio was
close to 50/50.  The parts I found most boring were all the filler
bits about each destination and the really annoying music while
watching the footage from the engine camera.  The interviews and on
board stuff was interesting, but a seriously edited version would be
much better.  It seemed incredibly disorganized.  

I was really looking forward to it and have stopped watching it
altogether.  As a railfan, I would have loved to have details about
the interesting stuff, but staying in front of a TV for 12 hours a day
on the off chance I might see something interesting wasn't going to
happen.

Andrew

--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@..., "dsdck" <dsdck <at> y...>
wrote:
> Just copying a blogger's post about CTV Travel's recent programming
> called "Canada's Greatest Ride."  In addtion to not liking Valerie
> Pringle, he obviously is not a railfan!
> 
> -----------------------------
> 
> Taken from:   http://ruk.ca/article/2936
> 
> I realize that I'm in no position to comment, but I can't
> believe that
> there's a television show that consists entirely of 60 live hours
> of
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Chris Blaszczyk | 1 Jul 06:22 2005
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Via "Ocean" Questions

Hey all, 

Heading up to New Brunswick and Noca Scotia in a couple of days and 
was interested in catching VIA's "Ocean" with its stainless steel 
consist. Last I knew, there were two sets of stainless steel cars, and 
one set of Renaissance cars. Is this still the case? 

If that is the case, can someone provide me with the days that the 
train will most likely have the stainless steel equipment on it? 

Thanks in advance for any help. 
- Chris

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John Trueman | 1 Jul 03:11 2005

Customs delays Vancouver-Seattle

> the back wall. On the other side Amtrak passengers
> were lined up  a bit late boarding and seemingly much
> smaller crowd then most Cascades passenger trains. A
> Trailways Amtrak bus leaves at 5pm so many passengers
> looking for a much quicker trip to Seattle though by
> far less scenic take the bus rather the train. It
> takes considerably less customs hassles and time with
> the bus then the train inspections.

Although the bus trip from Vancouver to Seattle is definitely shorter 
than the train, I must disagree with your comments about the customs 
hassles.

When I've taken a bus across the border, all passengers have been forced 
to get off the bus with all their belongings, claim luggage from 
underneath, and proceed into the customs building for interrogation 
(with drug dogs!) about citizenship, purchases, etc.  Everybody must 
wait in the building until the bus is searched and everyone questioned, 
before anyone can reboard the bus.  In total, the process can take an 
hour or more.  It's particularly unpleasant in the rain.

On the Amtrak, by contrast, you can be enjoying a nicer dinner (it's not 
cooked on board but it's much better than average skykitchen or snack 
bar food) with a pleasant view of sunset over Boundary Bay and the 
Strait of Georgia.  As long as you bring your ID and customs form with 
you, there's no need to be in your seat.  In my experience, the U.S. 
Customs officers are rarely interested in persons who don't fit the Bush 
idea of terrorists (i.e. non-whites).  Indeed, as a train passenger I 
found myself regarded with far less suspicion than on the bus.

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Michael J. | 1 Jul 18:33 2005
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RE: New VIA Service to Niagara Falls

Dfference between VIA repairing and a tourist railway is that the tourist
railway would probably be able to do it for much cheaper due to most of them
having volunteer ex-railway employees/hobbyists on staff.  :-)

I agree, 2 cars and a locomotive will needs quite some time.

Mike
Oshawa, ON.

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From: Canadian-Passenger-Rail@...
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Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 3:54 PM
To: Canadian-Passenger-Rail@...
Subject: Re: [CanPassRail] New VIA Service to Niagara Falls

The problem with the RDC equipment is that VIA needs the money to be able to
repair them (which any tourist company would need to do as
well.)  If they were repaired, then VIA could use them.  I suggest writing
you MP and/or the Minister of Transport on this.  Mind you, when I did (when
Collenette was still in power), I was informed that VIA was top be operated
like any other business, new services had to be "economic."  Thus, this new
train to Niagara Falls is supposed to breakeven at the minimum.  With two
cars, plus the locomotive, I doubt that will happen ahytime soon.

Wotan
Toronto

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