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    VIA Rail

    The technology needed to make VIA‘s entire operations carbon-neutral has already existed for more than a hundred years and it‘s getting refined and supplemented as we speak, in order to make the cost of doing so much more manageable. Conversely, the technology to make Air Canada‘s operations...
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    VIA Rail

    If anyone sees any value in having VIA‘s P42s, he can buy and rebuild them! However, for VIA’s purposes, they are useless, as they will soon have more than enough F40s…
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    VIA Rail

    By buying into and adopting whatever strategies its host railroads develop to achieve their own net-zero targets, obviously…
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    VIA Rail

    The answer starts with an obvious question: what would be the problem which deploying dining cars might fix? As for the Economics, suppose that I can sell each seat for an average fare of $50 and that I need one service attendant for every two cars. With any kind of dining facilities, I lose...
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    VIA Rail

    Taking aside the obvious economic hurdles, how do you want to ensure a consistent passenger experience if you don’t have enough diners to serve all departures, even on one single route like Montreal-Toronto?
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    VIA Rail

    During my six years at VIA, I also heard the Jasper-Prince Rupert service regularly called as „Skeena“ and maybe the Gaspé train as „Chaleur“. That said, I believe that these legacy Corridor train names still show up when you look up the train in ReserVIA or other internal systems…
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    VIA Rail

    For those who wonder how that worked out timetable-wise, Train 1 was attached to Train 55 (Bonaventure) and Train 2 to Train 54 (Lakeshore): Source: VIA Rail schedules effective 1981-11-15
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    VIA Rail

    That would have been between November 1981 and June 1985, when the Canadian operated to Toronto only and part of the consist was attached at the tail end of a regular Toronto-Montreal Corridor train…
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    VIA Rail

    To illustrate this: Source: TR NEWS 286 MAY–JUNE 2013
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    VIA Rail

    According to the 2021 Trackside Guide, the count of 14 Park cars apparently includes those of the Prestige Park cars. Nevertheless, as someone who has helped preparing business cases for service expansions and held responsibility for the allocation of VIA‘s non-corridor HEP fleet during his 6...
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    VIA Rail

    According to its website, VIA has 14 Park cars in its current fleet - and that apparently excludes the 4 Prestige Park cars. With the Ocean permanently operating as a bidirectional service, there are only two services left where these regular Park cars can be deployed sensibly: the Churchill...
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    VIA Rail

    The Prestige Class Program happened as part of the Canada Action Plan - the Harper government‘s economic stimulus program in response to the Financial crisis of 2007-2008, so quite a bit after that sale. Also, 8 Prestige Chateaus and 4 Prestige Parks represents 2 Chateaus and 1 Park cars on each...
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    VIA Rail

    Trackside Guide 2021 says the following: 15512 - Riding Mountain Park sold to Harry S. Purnell, Jr. in 2004, then to Adrian & Blissfield RR. in 2005.
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    VIA Rail

    If they were to announce the right kind of HFR studies, it could become quite an informative and happy event to watch…
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    VIA Rail

    Considering that the one revenue service deployment I‘ve seen reported so far was #33=>#26, empirical evidence gives you better odds for #26 than for #28 so far…

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