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  1. The new Ferry (above post) will have a new concept for sleeping accommodations on Marine Atlantic....'Sleeping Pods' This video shows the Sleeping Pods on similar Stena Line Ferries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZvrKYKYU7M Currently on Marine Atlantic night crossings you have the option of a private Cabin or Coach & Business Class type seats......so the new 'Pods' should be popular at a fraction of the cost of a cabin. People just want a place to put their head down for the 7 hr crossing.
  2. Here's Marine Atlantic's new ferry for the Nova Scotia to Newfoundland route due to arrive in 2024. It will carry 1000 passengers and have 2.5 km of lane length (that can accommodate about 450 cars or 90 18-wheelers) There will also be 146 cabins, 40 sleeping pods and a full range of meal and lounge options. https://www.niferry.co.uk/marine-atlantic-opts-for-stena-to-supply-new-ferry/
  3. Here's the Ocean using the old loop track in Halifax that was taking up valuable space at the Container Terminal. In photo #3 the Ocean is backing down into the station.....properly positioned to depart the next day.
  4. Yes it is a Transition Car but it is also part of the 'REN fleet' (as you state in your original post).......and that's the photos I posted here! A Park Car 'just tacked on the back of the REN fleet'.......and VIA has been doing this (covid aside) for about 15 years. The Park Car originally operated in the summer and fall tourist season then year 'round since 2013. And yes.......shipping containers are much more important to Halifax than a 3day/week train that can be configured to operate bi-directional and no longer requiring the loop-track that was taking up valuable container termina
  5. The loop track that VIA used at the Container Terminal has been removed and there is no longer any place to turn a train in Halifax. VIA has decided that when the Ocean returns....the consist will be bi-directional. The F40 locomotives will be back to back and just run around the consist to opposite end... ready to depart west the next day.
  6. VIA has been running a Park Car on the back of the Renaissance equipment for years. But when the Ocean returns next month it can no longer be turned in Halifax so the Park Car is being dropped from the consist. There is still hope a Skyline Dome might be added when social distancing onboard permits.
  7. That would certainly be a waste of money. Ontario Northland currently operates a bus service between Ottawa-North Bay-Sudbury that's quite sufficient to handle any passenger traffic now. https://www.ontarionorthland.ca/communications/schedules/2021/NEW/ONTCSched670-680-en.pdf
  8. Here's CTMA's new 'Madeleine II'..... that will soon enter service between Prince Edward Island and the Iles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This is a former Mediterranean Ferry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAOrTbV8pS0 Some interior photos https://media.ctma.ca/carnet/visite-guidee-de-linterieur-du-navire/ The CTMA Canadian crew went to the Canary Islands to bring the Madeleine II across the Atlantic to it's new home. https://media.ctma.ca/carnet/20-choses-a-savoir-au-sujet-du-madeleine-2/ https://tra
  9. This is great stuff.....thanks so much!
  10. Thanks for this......interesting! Regarding that photo above I posted of the train to Senneterre/Cochrane in 1974. I was connecting from the 'Scotian' that arrived at Levis at noon and had about a 10 hour wait for that Cochrane train. I took the ferry across and spent the day just walking around the city. I remember walking through the St. Roch area and a street roofed over for several blocks to create the 'pedestrian mall'. I also had a tour of the Chateau Frontenac and the Historic Fortifications. Fascinating! I was young and finally got to use my high school French..... and remember g
  11. When Gare du Palais closed the only passenger trains passing thru Limoilou were the runs to La Malbaie/Clermont and Riviere-a-Pierre/Chicoutimi. (and they had been discontinued before Palais reopened) The other CN route trains from Montreal, Senneterre/Cochrane and Richmond came in from the west for about 2 miles on the CPR from Cadorna (roughly St. Sacrement) to Gare du Palais. A block or so east of Gare du Palais was the Quebec Railway Light & Power Station. An Electric Interurban Railway to Ste. Anne de Beaupre & St. Joachim that lasted 'till 1959. Here's some
  12. When Gare du Palais closed in 1976 the xCN route trains originated/terminated at Gare Sainte-Foy......not Limoilou. Limoilou was in the Yard about 1km north of Gare du Palais and was a stop for the Railiner to Clermont and the trains to Riviere-a-Pierre/Chicoutimi. St. Sacrement closed on Dec 1 1979 and the xCP Dayliners running via Trois-Riviere also moved to Gare Sainte-Foy.
  13. Here's my tour last weekend of CN's Caribou....a.k.a 'The Newfie Bullet' Narrow Gauge Equipment on a short section of remaining narrow-gauge track at Mile 404 at the Railway Society of Newfoundland in Corner Brook. I'd been to Corner Brook previously but always 'off-season' so I was surprised to see the cars open in these Covid Times and finally an opportunity to get 'inside' and able to walk-through the cars and the excellent displays and photo collection in the museum. This was North America's last full-service narrow-gauge passenger train with Coaches, Sleepers and Diner that made
  14. Marine Atlantic Ferries load from the Bow in North Sydney NS so they must spin around upon arriving in Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland and back-in to unload from the Stern.
  15. Only on the Ocean, Corridor, Maple Leaf, White River and Senneterre/Jonquiere trains. See here: https://www.viarail.ca/en/travel-info/onboard-train/methods-payment
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