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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    That’s only part of the episode. You can watch the full episode on TVO’s website. Worth a watch IMHO. Why Is It So Hard To Get Around Ontario? June 11, 2024
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Those "exceptional circumstances" are more common than one might think. Banff and Niagara Falls are two examples of tourist destinations that would punch higher than their populations would suggest. Capital cities (and business capitals) also tend to punch a bit higher than their population...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    The thing about inter-city rail is it, as the name indicates, is between 2 cities, so any conclusion that a city of a certain population should have rail service to another city is totally dependant on there being another city within a reasonable distance of significant population. Some like to...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Because comparing a country to a continent is perfectly valid. :rolleyes: Europe has a population of 751 million people, which is more than an order of magnitude larger than Canada. A better option would be to compare to Europe to North America (which has a population of over 592 million...
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    General railway discussions

    While I tend to agree, I'm not holding my breath. There seems to be a lot more appetite in the US for Amtrak to provide service to Canada than there is in Canada for VIA to provide service to the US. The problem isn't with VIA but the federal government's unwillingness to give it the required...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Umm. Why would you need Air Conditioning when it is -30 out as it will be plenty cold outside, so it will rely on the included heater. Air Conditioning is only needed when it is very hot, and, as I said, too much heat will rarely be much of a problem in the middle of the night. Only the...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Yes. The prefabbed shelters have a roof and walls Yes, the prefabbed shelters will have a heater. AFAIK, the train will arrive in the middle of the night at all of the stations with prefabbed shelters, so heat will rarely be much of a problem. Possibly, though that could also be done on...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    And both of those cities will have station buildings.
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    So you think a run down 8' x 8' wooden shack with tiny windows would be adequate, but spacious, climate controlled glass shelters aren't?
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    VIA Rail

    I suspect those complaining are conflating reserved seating with seat selection.
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Here is a picture of VIA's structure I found online: Washago VIA Waiting Room - by true_north on Ramblin' Boy
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    VIA Rail

    It has been a while, but back when I last used intercity trains in Europe (not HSR), you had to pay extra for a reserved seat (not sure if you could select which seat it was), otherwise you could sit in any seat that was not marked as reserved when boarding. That was over 20 years ago though...
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    VIA Rail

    Regarding the seat selection fee for Escape fares, I suspect the wrath is coming from a lack of understanding/clarity on what happens when you don't select a fee. With airlines, they don't assign you a seat until check-in, risking your party not siting together, and if the flight is overbooked...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Its not in the list of cities that is getting one of the prefabbed shelters, so unless you think it will be the one and only stop without any type of structure, I would suspect it will get a station building. Not surprising given that it is the terminus and the largest city on the line north of...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    I find it odd that they are putting one of the shelters at Washago. Why are they not using the VIA Rail Station? Is it insuficient? It would be nice if they could join forces and share a facility. By eliminating the list of shelter locations, I assume they will be using the existing stations...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    It doesn't have a battery, but it does use regenerative braking for HEP. That is likley better than the losses involved in charging and discharging a battery. AFAIK, no other diesel-electric locomotive in Canada does this. EDIT: From the Siemens Charger factsheet: "The Charger locomotives are...
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    VIA Rail

    I assume it would be some combination of hiring more LEs to do the same amount of work and optimizing the schedule for LE availablility (instead of when demand is highest).
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    General railway discussions

    There is a bit of a catch 22 with suburban bus service to GO stations. It is infreqent and inconvenient because most people drive and most people drive because the bus service is infrequent and inconvenient. Of course the car dependance of our suburbs doesn't help (mostly caused by R1 zoning...
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    Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Why would CPKC need to connect to the current CN Massema Spur? Admittedly it might be a challenge to connect to the northern branch of Adirondack Sub, as that would be a tight turn, but I did say it is a fantasy.
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    Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Okay, I see you have swapped east and west in your original post. Do you think there is room for a third track on CPKC's Vaudreuil Sub? It looks pretty tight to me. Maybe VIA could jog over to CN's Kingston Sub in Dorion, but I suspect that would just move the bottleneck down the track from...

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