It still is considered as such and ready for a ride Fridays or - if you don’t mind staying overnight in Seton Portage - any other day:well,at least in the BC rail version there’s a reduction in total mileage operated equivalent to the eastern portion of the Skeena, while also reopening service on what was treated as an essential remote corridor until BC a rail was sold.
Update Here is the schedule:
Source: Canada and Alaska Timetable (May 2022 Edition)
I’m not against rethinking VIA’s network, I just believe that every suggestion should have clear advantages over the Status Quo and not target markets to which the kind of service VIA can offer would be inherently irrelevant, given the constraints under which it operates…Honestly, my preferred solution would be to build HFR West, re-route Canadian via Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon AND Regina while abandoning the pretext of the Skeena being a single train, rather operating three services: Edmonton - Prince George, Prince George - Prince Rupert and Vancouver - Prince George, scheduled to retain the overnight connection in Prince George. That, however, has no upside to someone who’s line of thinking is that VIAs mandate should be to minimize losses.