Posts Tagged ‘VIA’s The Canadian’

Catching the Canadian in Winnipeg

December 16, 2020

In May 2000 Ursula and I flew to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to attend a wedding.

With VIA’s Canadian being tri-weekly, I was hoping to see it since we were visiting for just a few days.

On May 11 I ventured to the Forks in downtown Winnipeg, an historic site, meeting place and green space located at the confluence of the Red and the Assiniboine rivers.

From the Forks Market Tower I was able to get a good view of the arriving eastbound Canadian. Here are some photos of VIA train No. 2 arriving at Union Station.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

VIA Extends Long-Distance Train Suspensions

September 29, 2020

VIA Rail Canada has indefinitely extended the suspension of two long-distance trains due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Toronto-Vancouver Canadian and Montreal-Halifax Ocean had been set to resume operations on Nov. 1.

But in an announcement made last week VIA said the suspensions have been extended to an unspecified date due to due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in some regions of Canada and the recommendations of health authorities.

The carrier also said sleeping car service on its Winnipeg-Churchill route will remain suspended.

In a news release, VIA said it is working on a safe resumption of service plan.

“The authorities indicate that this situation is worrisome as we are heading into autumn and winter, which are seasons presenting a high risk for respiratory diseases,” VIA said in a statement.

“Current sanitary conditions would thus not allow for a safe service offering, especially given the duration of these trips and the close proximity between employees and passengers.”

VIA is continuing to operate some corridor service between Quebec City and Windsor, Ontario, via Toronto and Montreal.

A VIA spokesperson told Trains magazine in mid September that the passenger carrier is reviewing “ventilation systems, classes of service, schedules, and food and beverage, in order to offer a safe travel experience.”

He said the close proximity between employees and passengers and the duration of long-distance trips made it difficult to offer a safe environment.

The VIA news release cites “recent bulletins by authorities show that a second wave of the pandemic has begun in some regions of the country.”

In some regions of Canada travel restrictions limit travel to residents of the same or an adjacent province.

Pennsylvanian Suspension Extended to May 4

April 8, 2020

The suspension of Amtrak’s New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian has been extended until at least May 4.

The Pennsylvanian along with Keystone Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were suspended on March 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All of our measures in this regard have been aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19, in concert with Amtrak,” said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokeswoman Alexis Campbell.

PennDOT pays Amtrak to operate Keystone Service and the Pennsylvanian.

Among the intermediate stops made by the Pennsylvanian are Greensburg, Latrobe, Johnstown, Altoona, Lewistown and Tyrone.

In a related development, VIA Rail Canada said the suspension of its Canadian and Prince Rupert-Prince George-Jasper service in Western Canada has been extended until at least June 1,

In a news release, VIA cited expanding travel restrictions and physical distancing measures, as well as ongoing infrastructure issues for the Prince Rupert service.

Canadian to Resume Serving Toronto on Saturday

April 10, 2015

The Canadian, the fabled transcontinental passenger train of VIA Rail Canada, will resume operating east of Winnipeg on Saturday, April 11.

The Canadian will depart from Toronto on that day for the first time since a Canadian National crude oil train derailment in March blocked the route. Since then, the Canadian has been operating only between Vancouver and Winnipeg.

The first train to operate from Vancouver to Toronto will depart on Friday, April 10.

Through May 1, VIA Nos. 1 and 2 will operate twice weekly. The frequency of operation will expand to tri-weekly for the summer. VIA said in a statement that the Canadian will remain subject to delay.

The railroad also said that its new Prestige class service, which had been suspended while the train did not operate to and from Toronto, will now be available for every trip.

“The number of available bedrooms will differ, however, because some [equipment]sets may have a Prestige Park but not a Prestige Chateau; others will have a Chateau but not a Park.

VIA expected to have seven bedrooms (Park and Chateau) per departure effective May.