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  1. This sounds like a major rebuild, which presumably provides low value for the taxpayer, given the very limited remaining economic life of that fleet...
  2. No worries (and you actually acknowledged your error before I even saw your post), its name is certainly not intuitive, just like the concept of having a basically empty car somewhere in the consist...
  3. This looks more like a Baggage Transition car (i.e. the last Renaissance car before the HEP cars) than a Service car (i.e. the cars sandwiching the diner car or - on Corridor consists - separating the Business car from the Economy cars) to me...
  4. New bike storage In response to popular demand, our new trains will be equipped with designated spaces for your bikes. https://corpo.viarail.ca/en/projects-infrastructure/train-fleet/fleet-replacement-program As for transporting pets, I don’t see how the fleet configuration would affect such policies...
  5. There should be an accessible coach before the first Service car...
  6. They could have just given money for new cars (one-for-one replacement) and simply opt for a rebuilt for the P42s. Instead, they thankfully opted for entire trainsets...
  7. Nothing tells you more about the rail safety culture in this country than a union which after one of its members gets almost killed still needs to wait for another accident before finally acknowledging that a practice which violates any notion of common sense (that loose construction material should never be placed within centimeters of passenger trains running at speeds of 100 km/h and more) might be unsafe...
  8. And how do you intend to motivate CN and CP to accept a consolidation of CN’s freight trains (on its double/triple-tracked Kingston Subdivision) onto the single-tracked Belleville Subdivision?
  9. Thankfully not, as this was north of Saskatoon, while the Canadian passes Saskatoon to its south. Provided I looked up the right road, the derailment site was here: Dropped pin Near Wanuskewin Rd, Corman Park No. 344, SK S0K 2T0, Canada https://goo.gl/maps/LjqP5wg6FKP2
  10. Not necessarily, as many of the on-board crews are based in Montreal...
  11. All trains operating through Montreal (Quebec-Montreal-Ottawa trains) and Ottawa (#51 as the only remaining Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto train) change their locomotive engineers at these stations...
  12. It’s about asking yourself whether you would indebt yourself to renovate a house you are only renting...
  13. 1) HFR is explicitly not HSR, it's "a third of the cost [of HSR] for two-thirds of the benefit". 2) The 2016 OAG report quotes a cost of $318.5 million for triple-tracking 70 km, thus $4.5 million per km. At that rate, triple-tracking the rest of the Kingston Subdivision would be $4.5 million times 410 km (520 km - 70 km already triple-tracked - 40 km owned by Metrolinx), thus $1.85 billion. 3) Yes, of course it is possible, but such a bypass is not part of the route identified by the Ecotrain study (i.e. the to-date by far most recent and detailed HSR study made), which risks that this investment would become redundant once HSR is built. 4) Correct. 5) "the safest level crossing is always one that doesn’t exist” 6) There probably is a price-point at which you would be able to upgrade the Kingston Subdivision to match the Turbo's travel time of 3:59. However, I would not expect it to be lower than the amount I mentioned in 2)...
  14. This might come as a surprise to you, but contacting and contracting a railroad to perform safety inspections for railway lines which have not seen any passenger train in decades would have taken slightly longer than the 24 hours within which the line was repaired and reopened... Yes, passengers were bused between Melville and Winnipeg: https://mobile.twitter.com/VIA_Rail/status/1080948337539534849
  15. The RAC Map shows a wye just east of Melville...
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