Update: They automatically refunded my reservation. The agent said that the Ocean is not running until at least July.
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bdawe wrote: ↑Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:18 pm Three train stations? They had three intercity terminals at one time,CN Station for Via/Amtrak
Tadman wrote: ↑Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:14 pmSince the Rocky Mountaineer is mostly a tourist operation, I wouldn't count it. But from what I've seen of it, it is probably better suited to their operation than Pacific Central or the old CP terminal. But the CP terminal (Waterfront) is very busy so long as you look past conventional railroads. When you add in the Skytrain passengers and the Seabus passengers (many connecting from one to the other), that is a lot of people moving through there. And it has been very nicely restored.bdawe wrote: ↑Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:18 pm Three train stations? They had three intercity terminals at one time,CN Station for Via/Amtrak
CP station for WCE
Rock station for Rocky
Crazy thing is, CN and CP stations are both enormous grandiose terminals. CN sees 2-3 Canadians/week and 2 Cascades/day, CP sees something like 5-7 commuters/day. Rocky sees probably 4 trains per week in the high season.
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Thu May 07, 2020 6:55 am I somehow thought that "the switch would be flipped" long about "The Fourth"/Dominion Day and we'd all be back to normal. This announcement by VIA Rail certainly throws those thoughts of mine "out the window".And this makes sense. Why would anyone want to be travelling now anyway. I can see the number of trains for corridor point to point journeys being increased but who is going to want to ride the Canadian or Ocean when you will spend your time in your accommodations. Who would be comfortable riding in the dome or even taking a meal in the dining car. These are trains for socializing!
NS VIA FAN wrote: ↑Thu May 07, 2020 8:07 am And this makes sense. Why would anyone want to be travelling now anyway.Now? Sure, I understand. But cancelling until November 1st seems a bit long.
bdawe wrote: ↑Thu May 07, 2020 9:26 am Sure, but when you were already losing $600 a ticket for the Canadian in the first place and hemorrhaging money elsewhere, management in Montreal might be looking for an excuse not to open up that expense if they don't have to.Now that actually makes sense. Or more specifically, if you truly believe that summer bookings will remain extremely low - which is a reasonable assumption. After all, summer is the most profitable season.
exvalley wrote: ↑Thu May 07, 2020 9:14 amI'm not sure if I would be comfortable socializing in the dome or diner even by November. But if things do get under control by then.....early November is still a fine time for a trip on the Ocean.NS VIA FAN wrote: ↑Thu May 07, 2020 8:07 am And this makes sense. Why would anyone want to be travelling now anyway.Now? Sure, I understand. But cancelling until November 1st seems a bit long.