The Canadian was actually on-time 84% of the time a decade ago? That's not fantasyland?
Tourism operators have indicated their displeasure and many are contemplating leaving the Canadian off their offerings putting further pressure on the service. It is, as well, becoming increasingly difficult to arrange alternate accommodations, both for passengers and our crews. This situation is a serious embarrassment for Canada's reputation and the Canada brand, in North America and abroad. Travellers return home with the lasting impression wondering how a G7 nation cannot operate its trains on time.
And I am wondering why they have so many configs. Surely, they could do with just a long/short mix.
|Fleet type||Extra Short||Short||Long||Extra Long|
|Business – 3A||1||1||1||1|
|Business – 3B||1||1|
|Economy – 1B||1||1||2|
|Economy – 1A||1||1||1||2|
|Economy – 4A||1||1||1||1|
|Train length||Loco + 3 cars||Loco + 4 cars||Loco + 5 cars||Loco + 7 cars|
With the new fleet being bi directional, I wonder if VIA will make a firm decision which direction the locomotives face- east or west.
they should face east with the cab cars facing west to align with GO Transit’s fleet policy.
I can't imagine that VIA would care how GO runs its trains, nor would they assume that GO’s practice is cast in stone.
What will matter is how the running maintenance facilities will be laid out. I would expect these would be bidirectional, but perhaps hotel power etc will assume locos on a particular end. With wyes available in Toronto and Montreal, heavy maintenance doesn’t necessitate a particular direction.
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So what does this tell you about the quality and relevance of certain media reports made about the Canadian? Maybe that heavily relying on a two year old report which describes the situation 3 years ago to describe the current situation might make for a captivating, but not necessarily timely or accurate story...
While you're certainly right that VIA won't care how GO runs its trains....
There are certainly constraints to consider within its own maintenance areas. For instance at the TMC, while the PM bays, running repair areas and fuel racks can be accessed from both ends/directions, the heavy repair area and wheel changeout table are only accessible from the west side of the facility. I haven't been to MMC, but I suspect that it is laid out in a similar manner.
Do you notice something?
This is going to be one hell of a bad year for VIA. From the pipeline protests to Covid, I feel for our national rail operator and its employees. I sincerely hope we see HFR as part of the stimulus plan. VIA needs some good news.