Maple Leaf in Toronto

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Maple Leaf in Toronto

Postby Roscoe P. Coaltrain » Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:05 pm

When the Maple Leaf arrives at Toronto Union Station, how do they turn the Amtrak equipment to get it ready for it's return to the states? Is the entire trainset turned (where in Tornoto, precisely?) to keep it intact, or is the engine cut off, turned by itself (again, where?) and coupled to what was the rear of the inbound train?
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Re: Maple Leaf in Toronto

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:26 pm

Believe VIA Rail's Toronto Maintenance Center handles basic running repairs,fueling and turning the Amtrak consist for the return trip.
As it is now,the Maple Leaf is considered a VIA train between the border and Toronto,handled by VIA T&E,OBS crews.
The train makes many stops in Canada.
Amtrak T&E,OBS crews take over at the border on the return trip to NY Penn.
The Cascades service,and the Adirondack are Amtrak T&E,OBS crews,with NO stops between the border and the terminal station in Canada.
VIA does the fueling turning and needed running repairs at their Maintenance centers there.
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Re: Maple Leaf in Toronto

Postby deathtopumpkins » Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:45 am

Backshophoss wrote: The Cascades service,and the Adirondack are Amtrak T&E,OBS crews,with NO stops between the border and the terminal station in Canada.


Not entirely true. The Adirondack stops in St-Lambert before it gets to Montreal.

(not for much longer though - the train will begin skipping this stop once the preclearance facility at Gare Centrale opens and customs inspection moves there)
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Re: Maple Leaf in Toronto

Postby JimBoylan » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:53 am

Some years ago, a post here included an aerial photo of a Maple Leaf train that ran off the end of the wye at VIA's Toronto Maintenance Center.
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