Tag Archives: The Canadian

June 6th 2021 Departure of The Canadian

VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train, the Canadian, departed Union Station in Toronto Ontario right on time on June 6th, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. reroute for Vancouver, B.C. The train’s consist was: F40PH-2 #6454F40PH-2 #6428Baggage car #8621HEP-I coach #8112HEP-I coach #8113HEP-I … Continue reading

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2020 in Review: an Annus horribilis

We are now marking the end of 2020 and looking ahead towards 2021. This year has not been the greatest of years, thanks to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has led to many people being sick, and a large … Continue reading

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Happy 65th Birthday to The Canadian

Today, April 24th 2020, VIA Rail’s flagship train, The Canadian, turns 65 years old. On April 24th, 1955 the Canadian Pacific Railway began running The Canadian on a daily schedule between Toronto/Montreal and Vancouver.  The train ran from Vancouver, British … Continue reading

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June 9th 2019 Departure of VIA Rail Train #1 The Canadian

I happened to catch the June 9th 2019 departure of VIA Rail’s flagship train The Canadian from Toronto’s Union Station. The train was at its full summer’s length – two locomotives and 21 cars.  The consist was as follows:

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2015: In Review

As we approach the New Year, I’d like to reflect on some of the events that have occurred over the past year. January Canada celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.

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VIA Rail Operations (Part One)

I’d like to discuss the need for VIA Rail service in Canada, and especially where (and how often) it should operate.  I am going to do so in three blogs, this one primarily discussing Western and Atlantic Canada, one specifically … Continue reading

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