Started by sdog, October 14, 2010, 07:49:18 PM
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Quoteot: those engines fascinated me quite a lot since i arrived here. very primitive, but apparently still economically enough. I live 1km away from the tracks in downtown toronto and i can hear the engines, that's the actual motors!I only had the luck to see one of the trains rolling once so far. in fact 3 trains where running partially parallel. one extremely long, from the second i saw only the end, but the third one -- behind the second -- i saw entirely. I lost count, but the length was between 40 and 50 cars, with double stacked containers. Obviously no tunnels or catenary in eastern canada! The first train could have been even longer, i couldn't see beginning or end. Quite fascinating was also to watch, and more importantly listen, to it stopping and starting again at a signal. I was surprised how much the space between wagons changes.[...]ps.: i went on a trip to montreal, in summer. just 600 km, but definitely too far to use a car. it took me 7h with the bus. a pitty there's no usable passenger rail network available.
QuoteI lost count, but the length was between 40 and 50 cars, with double stacked containers. Obviously no tunnels or catenary in eastern canada!There are a few tunnels in eastern Canada, and I know at least one in northern New Brunswick which was modified 20 years ago to allow for double stacks. The 2nd St. Clair tunnel between the US and Canada (Sarnia, Ontario) was built with double-stacks in mind. http://www.tunnels.mottmac.com/projects/?id=3352&mode=type. There is catenary in Montreal, but no freight trains use that line.Quote from: sdog on Today at 02:26:00ps.: i went on a trip to montreal, in summer. just 600 km, but definitely too far to use a car. it took me 7h with the bus. a pitty there's no usable passenger rail network available. VIA Rail is actually not that bad on the Quebec-Windsor corridor, Toronto-Montreal is usually a 5h trip, and there are plenty of trains. I find it more confortable than the bus, and often less of a hassle than flying. Toronto-Vancouver is another story, I don't think I could stay on a train for 5 days.
Quote from: sdog on October 14, 2010, 07:49:18 PMoh, by useable i actually meant the cost, the cheapest VIA return trip did cost more than i paid for the whole week in montreal. Or 9 times the bus fare. 1.5 to 2 times the price would have been acceptable to me for the better comfort and speed.
Quote from: sdog on October 14, 2010, 07:49:18 PMi think VIA seems to market mostly to seniors who don't care for money but like comfort or nostalgia.5 h should easily beat flying: check-in, security, boarding, being there really early (and toronto's airport being quite difficult to reach) i wonder why they don't try to appeal to business passengers. (train has more comfort, more space for working, and you just have to get to the train station a few minutes before departure.
Quote from: AEO on October 14, 2010, 09:38:36 PMsome of the interesting yards around toronto.
Quote from: sdog on October 15, 2010, 03:33:26 PMi see, autoracks are closed in canada. i was looking for something like this:
QuoteThe only problem left was that the new autorack cars did not provide any protection from flying debris or from the weather. In the manner CN had developed in the 1950s, in the 1970s other North American railroads began refining their autorack cars. They began installing side sheathing to protect the vehicles from impact and debris. Roofs were added to most autoracks in the 1980s, as railroads modified their bridge and tunnel clearances to accept them. End doors were added in the latter portion of the decade, both to prevent damage and to deter people from boarding the cars and riding the vehicles loaded in them.