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New Schedules for the Canadian are available

Postby marquisofmississauga » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:00 am

At the so-called "public meeting" in May, VIA'S CEO indicated there was going to be a new slower schedule to be introduced during the current peak season. These have now been published on VIA's Website. The start date of the new times is not shown (unless I missed it). It is the 26th of July for train #1 and the 27th for train #2.

https://www.viarail.ca/sites/all/files/ ... couver.pdf

https://www.viarail.ca/sites/all/files/ ... oronto.pdf
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Re: New Schedules for the Canadian are available

Postby mdvle » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:54 am

This http://www.fitzhugh.ca/via-cn-cook-up-new-vancouver-jasper-sked/ indicates July 27th, but that may be referring to the first train at Jasper on the new schedule.
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Re: New Schedules for the Canadian are available

Postby marquisofmississauga » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:16 am

VIA's booking site (Reservia) shows the first westbound Canadian on the new schedule departs Toronto on the 26th of July and Jasper on the 29th. The first eastbound Canadian departs Vancouver on the 27th and Jasper on the 28th.
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Re: New Schedules for the Canadian are available

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:42 pm

Hope they put enough "slop" into that schedule. Just as glad I rode The Panorama during '65 when the Winnipeg-Vancouver Roomette fare was CD$65. Funny how it left Winnipeg about 10AM and arrived Vancouver also about 6PM. Only diff; there wasn't 24 hours of additional schedule time.

Who but well heeled tourists are going to ride nowadays? It's useless for anyone who simply wants to get from "Ehh" to "Bee" with reasonable dispatch.
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Re: New Schedules for the Canadian are available

Postby mdvle » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:12 pm

I don't know that there is a market for non-tourist use of the Canadian even if the schedule was better.

Greyhound just announced that effective October(?) they are cancelling all bus service outside of Ontario / Quebec except for 1 Vancouver - US route as the buses on the prairies/BC have been losing money for years.

If Greyhound can't make it then there is no way a train running 3 days a week will be considered viable, and even if the Canadian ran daily 1 train a day won't be attractive.

What could be interesting, not that we will ever know, if the often wished for Calgary - Edmonton train service could be viable given a bus apparently isn't.
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Re: New Schedules for the Canadian are available

Postby Mark0f0 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:39 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:Hope they put enough "slop" into that schedule. Just as glad I rode The Panorama during '65 when the Winnipeg-Vancouver Roomette fare was CD$65. Funny how it left Winnipeg about 10AM and arrived Vancouver also about 6PM. Only diff; there wasn't 24 hours of additional schedule time.

Who but well heeled tourists are going to ride nowadays? It's useless for anyone who simply wants to get from "Ehh" to "Bee" with reasonable dispatch.


The $599 student passes will keep at least foreign students in the coaches. Kind of an unfortunate introduction to Canada though.
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