jct. wrote: It's seems that it was pretty fast service - 3h and 10min for 309km = average speed 97,6 km/h !There was a lot of competition from Pacific Western Airlines (later known as Canadian Airlines) which operated the “Chieftain” Airbus between Calgary and the Edmonton Municipal Airport......Hourly shuttle flights......just show up and go and buy your ticket on board. The Municipal Airport is practically downtown (and across from the current VIA Station) unlike the International Airport which is miles outside the city.
What was main reason of cancelation trains from Edmonton to Calgary ?
The track between the cities was straight, level and fast which lead to another problem......a lot of accidents on the numerous unprotected grade crossings and farm access roads.
High Speed Rail has been proposed and it certainly may make sense now. It’s 190 miles between the two cities which continue to grow with populations of about a million each. In Edmonton, all flights now use the International Airport......you could be half-way to Calgary on a High Speed train by the time you drive out to the Airport for a shuttle flight!
Click on the Calgary-Edmonton Study link (on the left) here: