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    General Railway Questions

    Popped by there this afternoon. All the coaches and a VIA exCN steam generator car have had their tarps removed. 4 coaches (3 6-axel coaches and a 4-axel ex VIA coach) have been loaded onto flat cars. The locomotive was previously stored inside so I can't confirm if it is even present.
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    General Railway Questions

    The locomotive and cars are stored beside the Amazon warehouse not far from my house. The equipment was moved around and some of the tarps were removed a few weeks back, but otherwise not much seems to be happening. That being said I don’t believe they are safe by any means. If memory serves there is also an open air coach that used to be used on the Royal Hudson Train and a exCPR Fast Mail car in the mix there. Would be a shame if they ended up being scrapped.
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    While the impact certainly appeared dramatic, the damage was superficial. Fiberglass bodywork, new window, replace poles, that's about it.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    "Mayors' Council votes in favour Surrey SkyTrain, but province won't cover extra cost" Now we can call the L Line LRT project officially dead. Mayor McCallum is still insisting that an Expo Line extension to Langley can built for the same cost as the LRT project ... Translink disagrees ...
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    Random Photos - Vancouver and area

    Second try.
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    Random Photos - Vancouver and area

    Remembering warmer and drier days ...
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Burnaby has a new mayor, so we'll see how that may play out in the future. While I suppose the Province could force through the installation of trolly wires on a Provincial route over the objection of a municipality I doubt the province would see it be worth the massive political capital they would have to burn to do so. Just like LRT in Surrey, the province and Translink could push ahead with the project over the City of Surrey's objections, but is it worth the political fallout?
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    From Translink's Twitter feed.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Expo Line down Fraser to 166/168 with B Line connections to Langley City, Walnut Grove, and Cloverdale would be a decent interim project.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    No, it isn’t official. Surrey Council passed a resolution to try and cancel the LRT project. Now they have to convince the Mayor’s council.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    I stand corrected. A book I read some time ago suggested CP dropped daily service on the Canadian before the VIA amalgamation. Timetables verify that was clearly not the case. Regardless, VIA 1/2 doesn't have any trouble with any mainline siding length. Perhaps it was the station tracks that @dowlingm is thinking about? The Canadian most definitely has to be broken in two to fit in Pacific Central Station in Vancouver.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    The Canadian has been 3/7 since the early 70s. Even when the Canadian is at it's longest, it is still 1/3 the length of most freight trains.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    One of the other issues that sewers VIA is siding length. Many of the sidings out there simply are too short for the 120+ car trains running these days, but VIA can fit in all of them. So when the RTC is faced with the choice of holding a 132 car coal train for hours or having VIA take the hole, VIA ends up in the hole every time. Any regulatory change to force the host railways to keep VIA running on schedule will have to be paired with a significant infrastructure investment to increase double tracking and lengthen sidings. Honestly I don't really see much political appetite to drop hundreds of millions or more into rail infrastructure outside a few specific projects.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    We'll see what time VIA 1 makes into Vancouver today. They left Ashcroft 4 hours late but managed to gain back half an hour by the time they got to Boston Bar. If they get a relatively clear shot into Vancouver from Hope (stop laughing ... ) they should be able to make up another 2-3 hours anyway. Still an improvement over the 12-24+ hours late they would get here on the old schedule.
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