my trip to
A week or two later, I heard the
car was in
headed down to Union station. Unfortunately, I realized that I had carelessly
left my train tickets and American money at home and had to go get them. By the
time I finally arrived at Union Station, I had missed train 56; the train I
intended to take. Worse, my ticket was not refundable and non-exchangeable. I
ended up buying a ticket for train 60 which left two hours later. However I
would have less time to ride around on the subway and buses in
This is my original ticket for train 56.
noticed there was a special train #656 heading for
pass the time, I went online at a
Shortly before , I filmed VIA train 70 arriving. Train 70’s consist will become train 60. I took a photo of the rear of the train.
Train 60 today consisted of F40PH-2 #6425, an ex Union Pacific Hep1 baggage car. Two VIA 1 class Hep2 coaches, and five economy class Hep2 coaches.
walked back and lined up. Unfortunately there was already a long line and I had
an aisle seat in the 2nd last coach. The train left 8 minutes late. Shortly
after we left, I filmed VIA train 52 and the
soon passed through Port Hope and passed VIA train 57. We then stopped in
Cobourg and after we left, we were paced by a CP freight consisting of a GP9
and a single freight car. As we approached
we stopped in
were soon underway and stopped at
At this point, I wasn’t sure if the train would front in or back in, but we ended up fronting in. As we approached Central station, I photographed the Ocean and noticed the trailing unit, #6453 now had a third headlight light sister F40s 6420 and 6434.
I also photographed the Ocean.
then went upstairs and bought a day pass for the Metro. I then got on a subway and
rode to the Mont-Royal station and transferred to a 97 bus. I got off at walked
over to my hotel which was the
I then phoned home and then headed out to try to salvage what transit riding I could. I caught a bus down to the subway and rode to Vendome station. I originally wanted to try to find STM’s oldest bus: Classic 60-013, but now I would be satisfied to ride any Classic.
Soon, STM Classic 15-044 showed up. I photographed it before I got on.
After riding the bus for awhile, I got off and headed back to the Metro. I then rode the orange line up to Cote-Verdu. I then boarded a bus on route 215 and rode to the St. Laurent Garage.
When I got there, I saw several Classics parked along the fence as well as a couple Nova LFS buses. I know some of the buses were retired. I took some photos of them.
walked along the fence. Moments later, I found Classic 11-022, the Classic I
eagerly photographed on my
Yeah, that’s 11-022.
I took a couple more photos before I caught a bus back to the subway.
I then walked over to a nearby Taco Bell and had dinner. I then got on the subway and rode to Lionel-Groulx. I then rode a Green Line train to Barri-UQAM. I then rode the orange line two stops north and returned to my hotel. I watched some TV and asked for a wake up call at and called it a night.
I got my wake up call and got dressed. I then checked out of my hotel. I walked over and had breakfast at a nearby restaurant. I then caught a Nova LFS on route 535 to the Place de Arts station on the green line. I took some photos.
I rode to Lionel-Groulx and filmed my train departing. I then transferred to the Orange Line to ride to Bonadventure. When my train pulled in, I photographed it.
I got to Bonadventure, I filmed the train departing. I then went up to the VIA
concourse. I had 50 minutes before the
commenced at . At I got to platform level, I
once again saw the Great Dome. I was seated in Amfleet 1 Capstone refurbish
coach #82523. On the track next to my train was VIA train 21 which had arrived
Recently, AMT has leased 7 locomotives and 14 coaches from New Jersey Transit. I was puzzled why they were leasing 7 locomotives when I saw that the locomotives were being used to bracket the coaches.
train stopped at
dome car was behind the locomotive which was P42 #105, the same unit that led
the Maple Leaf from
awhile, I went back to my seat. The café car and the dome car closed for the
customs inspection. The train soon arrived at Rouses Point where
got back on the train and we soon left on time. The café car and the dome
reopened and I bought lunch and ate it in the dome car. I also talked with a
man going from
One thing I noticed was the dome car was running in the opposite manner as it was last year as the counter in the unused downstairs lounge was towards the engine instead of the trailing Amfleet coaches.
train stopped at
of Westport, we stopped to let the northbound
We soon stopped at Port Henry. I looked to see if my friend Dan would be there but he wasn’t.
South of Port Henry, we stopped to flag a crossing which had suffered damage by a northbound train striking a vehicle as the gate on the east side of the tracks was lying on the ground, yet the lights on the gate were still working. I have no idea about the details other than what I saw. It goes to reinforce how trains can’t stop.
This is the damaged railway crossing with the gate lights still working.
train stopped at Fort Edward-Glen Falls. We passed a yard where I filmed a
freight train with three different leased locomotives. I didn’t notice it at
the time but later when I reviewed the video, I saw the last GP38 in the
I got off and took some photos.
I decided to go to the hobby store near the Amtrak station. I went downstairs and took two more photos.
was raining pretty heavily. I made it to the hobby store and looked around. At one
point, I decided to go outside to see if I could film the
then took my bus to my hotel which was the Econo-Lodge I had stayed at a week
earlier as it was now more than $10 cheaper than the Days Inn I stayed at last
time I was in
little while later, I caught a bus to
then used the payphone at the nearby Holiday Inn. I phoned home and let my mom
know I was in
I then walked back to my hotel and watched a bit of TV. I asked for a wake-up call at and called it a night.
I got my wake up call and got dressed and finished packing. I went to the lobby. Sure enough, the breakfast selection hadn’t improved. I checked out and walked over to the Holiday Inn and had breakfast. After breakfast, walked over to where the Great Northern Alco RS3 is and photographed it.
then walked over to the bus stop on
filmed the train pulling out. A little while later, I went back onto the
platform and photographed a
The train was stopped for a signal. It was waiting for Amtrak train 290 to pull into the station. The train soon showed up and I filmed it arriving. I also took some photos of it.
filmed train 290 depart. A few minutes later, train 63 arrived into the station
four minutes late. I filmed it pulling in. As it pulled in, I noticed it had a
P42, an Amfleet 1 coach, three Amfleet 2 coaches, and a café/business class
car. It reminded me of the consist of the Maple Leaf at the time of my trip on
the Three Rivers and my
I quickly got on and found a seat. I was seated in Amfleet 2 coach #25064. The coach was semi-refurbished with a blue and beige interior, old style signs at the ends of the car, and no AC outlets. The car’s heat wasn’t working all that well.
train was soon underway. We stopped at
train soon stopped at
The train stopped in
As we approached
As we approached
However, there was a man in a
wheelchair getting off at
Shortly after we left, we stopped.
We had to wait for a few freights. We soon moved forwards and stopped again. After
we got started, we stopped again! Fortunately, that was the last time and we
were soon underway and stopped at
The train stopped at
train soon departed and crossed into
the customs inspection was done and we left almost an hour late. The VIA crew
announced that they didn’t know if we would be held up at the
we approached the
St. Catherines and
Soon, we passed VIA’s Toronto Maintenance Centre. In the yard, I could see the Northlander. We arrived into Union station 46 minutes late. When I got off, I saw a VIA train with F40 #6412 leading. I photographed it.
I then walked to the end of the platform and photographed the Maple leaf.
I then went downstairs. I saw on the arrivals board the Canadian was running 90 minutes late and due in at . I then phoned home and got on the subway. However, I was short turned at Eglinton. I soon arrived at Finch and was met by my mom and headed home.
am still upset about missing VIA train 56. Unlike my Washington-Cleveland trip
where a lousy cab company was responsible for me missing the Lakeshore Limited,
this was fully my fault. At least I had another train to take. As a result of
this, I’m considering taking a “
The weather I experienced on this trip was also lousy, but at least I wasn’t snowbound like my Arizona Make up trip.
Aside from the two factors mentioned, I had fun as much as I could. Until next time…