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  1. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    Could have been a mechanical issue which required to replace one or more cars or locomotives with spares from the local Maintenance centre...
  2. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    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
  3. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    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
  4. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    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]
  5. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    Unfortunately only available in French, but very detailled and informative: https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/economie/transports/201811/28/01-5205916-via-rail-siemens-avait-une-longueur-davance-sur-bombardier.php
  6. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    “Timeframe for delivery:  Test train: Q4 2021  First train in revenue service: Q2 2022  Last train in revenue service: Q2 2024” https://m.viarail.ca/sites/all/files/media/pdfs/About_VIA/new-fleet/VIA Rail - Notice of RFQ_english.pdf
  7. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    According to the diagrams on VIA Rail's website, Cabins 1-6 have showers, Cabins 7-10 don't. You may find Renaissance equipment on any Quebec-Montreal-Ottawa(-Fallowfield) train which is shown in the timetable to offer Checked Baggage service... To name six trains with changed timings: 52, 62, 67, 81, 635 and 647. Here the old timetable to compare...
  8. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    That train has just had a bad run of cascading delays: Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on September 28 at 12:24 (24' late) and was terminated in Capreol on October 02 at 16:18 (12h50 late). Departed Capreol as Train 1 on October 03 at 07:01 (54' late) and arrived in Vancouver on October 07 at 04:50 (10h50 late). Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on October 07 at 18:00 (6h late) and arrived in Toronto on October 12 at 06:47 (16h47 late). Departed Toronto as Train 1 on October 12 at 13:41 (15h41 late) and has departed Sioux Lookout today at 17:49 (en-route 17h39 late). To compare, the other trains operating in the same period: Departed Toronto as Train 1 on September 29 at 22:05 (5' late) and arrived in Vancouver on October 05 at 02:45 (8h45 late). Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on September 30 at 12:00 (on-time) and arrived in Toronto on October 04 at 12:07 (1h53 EARLY). Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on October 02 at 14:25 (2h25 late) and arrived in Toronto on October 06 at 18:19 (4h19 late). Departed Toronto as Train 1 on October 04 at 22:00 (on-time) and arrived in Vancouver on October 08 at 15:04 (2h56 EARLY). Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on October 05 at 12:24 (24' late) and arrived in Toronto on October 09 at 14:13 (13' late). Departed Toronto as Train 1 on October 07 at 00:15 (2h15 late) and arrived in Vancouver on October 10 at 17:53 (7' EARLY). Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on October 09 at 12:00 (on-time) and arrived in Toronto today at 12:31 (1h29 EARLY). Departed Toronto as Train 1 on October 09 at 22:09 (9' late) and arrived today in Vancouver at 17:42 (18' EARLY) Departed Vancouver as Train 2 on October 12 at 12:00 (on-time) has arrived today in Edmonton at 21:00 (en-route 4h40 late).
  9. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    VIA inherited daily (i.e. exactly one train per day) from both, CN (Super Continental) and CP (Canadian) and both remained daily (with a short break on the CN line between 1981 and 1985) until the bloodbath of January 1990, after which the CP line was abandonned and only its name survived. Tri-weekly service since then, which was cut back in 2012 to 2 trains per week outside the peak summer months. As for the wye at TMC, you can measure it on Google Earth, but it’s maybe good for 6 cars, so way too short (unless you want to split the consist 4 or 5 times)...
  10. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    These timings are used to tell passengers what’s the earliest time a delayed train might reach their departure station. That’s why they apply some kind of “best-case planning” scenario, to ensure that nobody get’s an estimate which turns out too pessimistic. Better arrive at the station on the realization that the ETD of your train has been pushed back further than learning that it has already left without you...
  11. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    It seems like it’s been held in Edmonton currently: https://reservia.viarail.ca/tsi/GetTrainStatus.aspx?l=en&TsiCCode=VIA&TsiTrainNumber=2-&TrainInstanceDate=2018-09-28 Edit: Seems like it has finally left Edmonton and is on its way towards The East again...
  12. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    It seems to have arrived Vancouver just over 60 minutes late (after having entered the Rockies almost 9 hours late). Should be updated here very soon: https://reservia.viarail.ca/tsi/GetTrainStatus.aspx?l=en&TsiCCode=VIA&TsiTrainNumber=1-&TrainInstanceDate=2018-09-25
  13. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    Train 2 has left Saskatoon only 9 minutes late: https://reservia.viarail.ca/tsi/GetTrainStatus.aspx?l=en&TsiCCode=VIA&TsiTrainNumber=2-&TrainInstanceDate=2018-09-17 Train 1 is currently approaching Edmonton a few minutes early: https://reservia.viarail.ca/tsi/GetTrainStatus.aspx?l=en&TsiCCode=VIA&TsiTrainNumber=1-&TrainInstanceDate=2018-09-16 You can play around with the date stamp in the URLs to find previous departures...
  14. Urban Sky

    VIA Rail Canada

    Just try booking for any of the next few departures and check what's showing up:
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