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3 hours ago, skyfirenet said:

So Mark 3 LRC cars?

The Acela and LRC cars are completely and totally different animals, and other than the fact that they both tilt and were built by Bombardier are not remotely related.

 

Dan

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4 hours ago, smallspy said:

The Acela and LRC cars are completely and totally different animals, and other than the fact that they both tilt and were built by Bombardier are not remotely related.

 

Dan

Well, we could always call them Turboliners: The Next Generation. :P

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VIA needs new equipment not hand me downs. Plus they are not capable of doing 90/100 mbps in the corridor. 

And the HEP voltage is different. 

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4 hours ago, TTC T6H-5307N 2252 said:

Could VIA Rail take Metrolink F59PHs when they are retired? 

Why would they want or need them? The F40s are in good condition, having been rehabbed fairly recently. The new corridor trainset order will provide brand new Tier 4 locomotives. This will certainly replace the P42s, and should also displace the F40s currently used on the corridor. The CAD overhaul was supposed to extend the lifespans of the F40s by 15 to 20 years, so they probably won't need to be replaced until the mid to late 2020s.

Also, the Metrolink F59PHs and PHIs that will be retired when the F125 lemons start working properly (if that ever does happen) are worn down and probably in need of a major overhaul that would cost a buyer quite a bit. 

2 hours ago, Shaun said:

VIA needs new equipment not hand me downs. Plus they are not capable of doing 90/100 mbps in the corridor. 

And the HEP voltage is different. 

Re-gearing those engines for higher speeds and/or modifying the HEP system could be done if necessary. But yes I agree, they shouldn't be buying used stuff they don't need right now.

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14 hours ago, TTC T6H-5307N 2252 said:

Could VIA Rail take Metrolink F59PHs when they are retired? 

Well instead of reusing and upgrading such old locomotives, maybe they could consider the model that Metrolink is replacing them with - the EMD F125. Not sure how reliable these would be on long-haul routes, though. Another option would be the Siemens SC-44 Charger, which has seen orders from both state DoT's and commuter rail operators.

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I don't think that they are prohibited from buying new diesels that aren't Tier 4. Which is to say, that the EPA Tiers have no effect on Canada. CN bought engines (2951-2975) that were exempt from the Tiers. The only stipulation was that they couldn't cross the border. For VIA, the same rules would apply. As I recall, their current engines aren't allowed into the States as they don't have sanders.

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18 hours ago, Shaun said:

VIA needs new equipment not hand me downs. Plus they are not capable of doing 90/100 mbps in the corridor. 

And the HEP voltage is different. 

For the umpteenth time, hep voltages can be modified if necessary.

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21 hours ago, Viafreak said:

As I recall, their current engines aren't allowed into the States as they don't have sanders.

The lack of sanders does not appear to be an issue, as the FRA has made allowances for inoperative, faulty or even a lack of sanders in its rules.

 

Rather, there are many, many, many other aspects of TC's rules and regulations that the VIA units meet that prevent them from running in the US.

 

Dan

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On 4/19/2018 at 10:16 PM, skyfirenet said:

Well, we could always call them Turboliners: The Next Generation. :P

The last generation are getting shot full of holes by cops. http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=166646

On 5/12/2018 at 10:13 AM, Transit geek said:

Well instead of reusing and upgrading such old locomotives, maybe they could consider the model that Metrolink is replacing them with - the EMD F125. Not sure how reliable these would be on long-haul routes, though. Another option would be the Siemens SC-44 Charger, which has seen orders from both state DoT's and commuter rail operators.

I doubt EMD has much political capital to be chosen over Siemens given how they exited London ON for Indiana

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2 hours ago, Doppelkupplung said:

How come the refurb’d LRCs no longer have marker lights? Was it not a TC regulation?

That regulation was changed to allow other forms of signifying the end of a train in the CROR about 30 years ago. More recently however it remained an internal CN requirement until about 10 years ago or so.

 

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13 hours ago, littlewill1166 said:

They do, but CN would just change trackage fees so high that VIA wouldn't be able to operate.

If the Government was to legislate that kind of power, don't you think that they would also legislate the trackage fees charged? After all, that's how it (largely) works down in the US with Amtrak - the freight railways are not allowed to charge just any amount for track access.

 

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https://www-cbc-ca.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4675680?amp_js_v=a1&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#amp_tf=From %1%24s

Here is another article, but this time about the Canadian. 

It's a tough situation but I guess dispatch could care less if Via is 30 hours late arriving at their destination. 

I think the only way to fix it would be fines for CN if they delaying the train beyond a reasonable amount of time. Or give passenger trains priority. 

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From the CTV News twitter account: 
 
BREAKING: Deal reached to restore rail link to Manitoba's isolated Churchill community http://bit.ly/2JhO4IE
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I wrote an e-mail to the Federal Minister of Transportation and i got a reply. Frankly I was surprised that they even bothered to write back.

Thank you for your correspondence of May 24, 2018, regarding VIA Rail Canada Inc. 

 

As Minister of Transport, my overarching goal is to ensure that Canada’s transportation system is safe and reliable, that it supports our ambitious economic growth and job creation agenda, and that it facilitates trade and the movement of people and goods.

 

VIA is an independent Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government of Canada and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Transport.  My role is to determine the broad policy direction of the corporation while respecting its operational autonomy.  I have therefore shared your email with Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA, for his consideration.

 

Directly related to the delays you described, I would note that the interaction between freight and passenger rail, and its impacts on on-time performance at VIA, is a difficult and long‑standing issue that Transport Canada is currently reviewing.

 

The government is exploring options on the best approach to passenger rail going forward, including solutions to increase VIA’s on-time performance.  In this context, proposals are being developed to ensure that Canada’s passenger rail service is offered in a safe, reliable and cost‑effective manner.  

 

As you noted in your email, Budget 2018 announced funding for fleet renewal for VIA to replace coaches and locomotives in the Windsor–Quebec City Corridor with 32 new, bi‑directional trains, maintaining current seating capacity.  The new fleet will:

 

  • reduce environmental impacts and improve air quality, as engines with the latest technology will be more fuel efficient;
  • improve accessibility and the traveller experience by including visual communications media for hearing-impaired passengers, purpose-built accessible washrooms, on-board wheelchair lifts, and a minimum of three wheelchair tie-downs per train, with two in the same car, an increase from the current one tie-down per train; and
  • increase VIA’s operational flexibility and reliability by reducing the mechanical breakdowns that affect on-time performance.

 

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

 

Yours sincerely,

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/accident-via-rail-trains-cancellation-1.4689212

Another major via rail cancellation. All trains today between London and Windsor have been cancelled. I gather that they’re shuttling people between London and Toronto, but for those travelling between London and Windsor, you’re out of luck. 

Of course, it always seems stuff like this happens on days I am travelling with via rail 🙄

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On 6/1/2018 at 6:54 PM, Shaun said:

I wrote an e-mail to the Federal Minister of Transportation and i got a reply. Frankly I was surprised that they even bothered to write back.

I'm glad you said "reply" and not "answer".  You certainly didn't get an "answer"..... 

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