NS VIA FAN wrote:
There was a Fredericton – Saint John – Moncton - Halifax RDC from Nov. 1981 when the Atlantic was originally discontinued until the summer of 1985 when it was reinstated. This was the first passenger train into downtown Fredericton in nearly 20 years. The Atlantic stopped only at Fredericton Jct about 40 KM south.
Some further comments on the Fredericton RDC service. The F'ton - Halifax trains operated as Via's 615 / 616, beginning November 15th, 1981, ending May 31st, 1985. On June 01st, which was the re-start date of the restored Atlantic through Maine, VIA initiated a F'ton - St. John RDC service, until September 15th.
Train 158 ( ex. Sun ), departed F'ton @ 0830, arrive St. John @ 1015.
Train 157 ( ex. Sun ), departed St. John @ 1630, arrive F'ton @ 1815.
The prime purpose of the train itself was to allow Frederictonians same day return with the Canada Summer Games, being held in St. John, in the summer of 1985. I used this train many times during the 3 1/2 months it operated.
The 22 mile Fredericton Sub., F'ton - F'ton Junction branch, saw it s last train on November 29th, 1993, a Canadian Atlantic Railway freight train. A short stretch of the branch itself along with a " Y ", still exists in Fredericton J'c't, which is now on New Brunswick Southern's mainline.