Gilbert B Norman wrote:Even if the last time I took a train out of Toronto, namely the Cavalier during July 1980, it departed from a stub end track, i should note that I'm aware GOTransit is a run through.
Hopefully the deficiency was limited to something minor such as a malfunctioning coupler pin. Repairs made to equipment on a foreign road beyond the routine of brake shoe replacement can get very VERY costly.
Mr Norman 1980 thats when I was born!!! We have got to get you back on the Canadian side of the border for a visit sometime soon. As union station in Toronto is about to undergo another transformation. All tracks inside at Union station in Toronto are now run through tracks even the one outside platform south of the shed is a run through ( I believe it was a end track at one time) Yes It might have been just something simple like a malfunctioning pin or coupler that disabled the amfleet cafe car but I was just throwing some possible ideas out there as to not hope for the worst. If its the Maple leafs cafe car I'm inclined to believe the car started malfunctioning sometime during the push backwards from Mimico yard to Union station before departure ( yes for those who don't know VIA pushes the train backward for roughly 10 KM or 6 miles ) to allow for a forward departure out of Union station in the AM. The Male leaf Is hooked up to power over night in VIA's yard so it must have shown some operational signs or it would have been uncoupled and left in the VIA Mimico yard, only during the push back in the AM would a issue have been found out then once the train reached Union station VIA uncoupled it and moved it to a side track and let the Maple leaf run without a cafe care.
From the direction of the video captured...... Next a VIA F40 was possibly called in to bring it back to VIA's Mimico yard. The funny thing is "IF" the F40 came from the Mimico yard they could have attached it to the front of the car as thats the direction it would have came from and pulled it, but the Clip shows if that is what happened, then the F40 did a run around at Union station and connected to the rear of the car and pushed it back to Mimico ( as the clip shows) instead of the simple forward pull. So your theory on the coupler or Pin might be very accurate Mr. Norman. not sure where the car was in the consist IF it was the cafe from the maple leaf usually its at the head end behind the Locomotive and sometimes its trailing at the end of the consist, its never in the middle (Maple leaf usually runs 5 amfleet cars). If it was a B/O that crippled this amfleet, its very possible but from what is the question. As I said Im not sure what happened but your guess is as good as mine.
PS: Timberley & ramonesfan in variations of locomotives to equipment operation.......
.VIA's P42 and F40... CAN... couple and provide power to most Amtrak equipment with little to no issues ( just the VIA locos have no sanders so are not allowed in the US)
.Amtrak's P40/42 ..CAN'T.. operate VIA's cars as VIA uses a dual/tripple bus and or phase system form what I'm told and amtrak uses a single system.
.VIA's F40/P42...CAN'T... operate the Ex-Amtrak LRC because of a different phase and bus and HEP requirement from VIA's LRC Rail fleet.( VIA had modified 2 of there F40 back in the 80s to accommodate those LRC cars and Amtrak equipment to run them on the international but since the retirement of those LRC cars the F40's have been changed back to normal VIA stock)
. Amtrak's P40/42 in theory ...SHOULD... be able to pull the EX-Amtrak LRCs with little to no modifications but its never been tried and possible won't so its just a theory.
Its all just a hot mess..lol