The "Ocean's Train Frequency Question(s)

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The "Ocean's Train Frequency Question(s)

Postby XC Tower » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:46 am

I know with the new Prime Minister in office many folks (including me) are hoping to see the return of passenger trains to VIA Rail. Hoping to return to visit friends in Cape Breton (made through a chance meeting after riding the Railiners to Sydney back in 1988), I find the Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday frequency rather difficult to plan a stay with, as leaving Friday from Montreal then arriving in Truro to make a bus (Aaaaghhhh!!!) connection on Saturday shoots down both weekend days for such. Has there been any real talk or movement for going back to the six day a week frequency as before October 1992? I can add my desire for a return using the old "Silver Fleet" coaches for the consist, but I am a realist plus others enjoy the Renaissance equipment (mainly the sleepers) I have learned on here.
In any event, I am looking forward to "Going Home" to good old Cape Breton, then some day, hopefully, to Newfoundland......As with all of Canada, I have found, unique wonderful places with their own cultures and people in the provinces that make its lands.
Thank you for any information.




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Re: The "Ocean's Train Frequency Question(s)

Postby marquisofmississauga » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:46 pm

In a radio interview on the CBC, VIA's CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano has said he has no plans to restore the "Ocean" to a six-day-a-week operation. He says he is interested in running local service in the Maritimes to augment the "Ocean. The possible routes are Halifax-Moncton and Campbelton-Moncton. I don't recall if he said how often these services would operate.

I have heard nothing hopeful about the service east of Truro. The end of service on the eastern portion of the CB&CNS is a problem, to say the least.
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Re: The "Ocean's Train Frequency Question(s)

Postby NH2060 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:49 pm

marquisofmississauga wrote:In a radio interview on the CBC, VIA's CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano has said he has no plans to restore the "Ocean" to a six-day-a-week operation. He says he is interested in running local service in the Maritimes to augment the "Ocean. The possible routes are Halifax-Moncton and Campbelton-Moncton. I don't recall if he said how often these services would operate.

I believe the plan is for a morning and evening run on each route; I'm assuming toward Moncton/Halifax in the AM and to Moncton/Campbellton in the PM.
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Re: The "Ocean's Train Frequency Question(s)

Postby jp1822 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:33 am

When I recently made a change in my VIA booking there was hope from the reservation agents that the Ocean would return to six days a week. So it appears it depends on who you talk to.
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Re: The "Ocean's Train Frequency Question(s)

Postby chriskay » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:10 am

Front line agents would not have any inside information on this whatsoever, so I would take their statements with a huge grain of salt.
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