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  1. 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...
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. Not necessarily, as many of the on-board crews are based in Montreal...
  5. 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...
  6. It’s about asking yourself whether you would indebt yourself to renovate a house you are only renting...
  7. 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)...
  8. 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
  9. The RAC Map shows a wye just east of Melville...
  10. Ever thought about such pesky details like fleet availability and funding? If Greyhound couldn't operate a standard-sized intercity bus profitably, how do you want to break even with a train and much higher operating costs?
  11. Yes, they seem to be referring to the temporary suspension of the third frequency on the Toronto-Winnipeg-Edmonton segment during the summer 2019 season...
  12. Could have been a mechanical issue which required to replace one or more cars or locomotives with spares from the local Maintenance centre...
  13. As per VIA's schedule, the scheduled arrival time is 8:22 and departure time 9:37 until the end of April 2019. That said, 8:22 MT equals 10:22 ET, so maybe it just shows it in the time zone set by your device. As for on-time performance, you can look up the actual times by playing around with the train numbers and dates in the following URL, which seems to always show the station timings in its respective time zone: https://reservia.viarail.ca/tsi/GetTrainStatus.aspx?l=en&TsiCCode=VIA&TsiTrainNumber=1-&TrainInstanceDate=2018-12-03
  14. Given that the existing Corridor routes will remain shared with freight railroads, how do you want to ensure fleet standardization if you have two fleet types which cannot be deployed interchangeably? https://m.viarail.ca/sites/all/files/media/pdfs/About_VIA/new-fleet/VIA Rail_Corridor_Fleet_Renewal_Project_Request_for_Qualifications.pdf
  15. Theoretically: yes, but some factors to consider: track maintenance levels (sway gets much worse the higher you are above the tracks), accessibility of the train (can you walk through the train without steps?) and luggage storage (is there space to store your bags over your seat?). As much as I love sitting on the upper deck when on board regional trains whenever I'm back home in Germany, I suspect that there are not that many InterCity services in the world which rely on double deck rolling stock: I can only think of IC2 in Germany, IC 2000 in Switzerland and whatever they use in the Netherlands and Finland... I would assume the following: Light maintenance: Vancouver and Jasper (there is always at least one night between the arrival and departure of the Canadian [VCVR] or Skeena [JASP]). Medium maintenance: Vancouver (there is every week a maintenance window of more than 24 hours before the Friday departure for whichever Panorama car happens to be in VCVR at that moment).* Heavy maintenance: Montreal (preferably outside of summer season). *possible cycling schedule: Panorama cars 1 and 2 (repeat every 4 weeks) VIA #2: Depart VCVR Fri [Week 1], arrive EDMO Sat VIA #1: Depart EDMO Sun, arrive VCVR Mon VIA #2: Depart VCVR Tue, arrive EDMO Wed VIA #1: Depart EDMO Fri [Week 2], arrive VCVR Sat VIA #2: Depart VCVR Sun, arrive EDMO Mon VIA #1: Depart EDMO and arrive JASP on Tuesday VIA #5: Depart JASP Wed, arrive PRUP Thu VIA #6: Depart PRUP Fri [Week 3], arrive JASP Sat VIA #5: Depart JASP Sun, arrive PRUP Mon VIA #6: Depart PRUP Wed, arrive JASP Thu VIA #5: Depart JASP Fri [Week 4], arrive PRUP Sat VIA #6: Depart PRUP Sun, arrive JASP Mon VIA #1: Depart JASP Tue, arrive VCVR Wed [maintenance window of 36 hours] Panorama car 3 (repeats every 2 weeks) VIA #2: Depart VCVR Fri [Week 1], arrive EDMO Sat VIA #1: Depart EDMO Sun, arrive VCVR Mon VIA #2: Depart VCVR Tue, arrive EDMO Wed VIA #1: Depart EDMO Fri [Week 2], arrive VCVR Sat VIA #2: Depart VCVR Sun, arrive EDMO Mon VIA #1: Tue, arrive VCVR Wed [maintenance window of 36 hours]
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