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Posted by DL - UK on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 8:33 AM

Tom - I'd thought that station might be a possiblity, but I note a footnote on that pdf timetable which states 'No local service between Montreal and Dorval' (and VIA website won't give a fare suggesting they don't want your custom for that journey) which I took to mean you could not get on if you were a local passenger. Is this just one of those rules that is ignored and that you can get on and ride?

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Posted by siberianmo on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 1:04 PM

G'day DL,

Mea culpa - in my quest to be of further assistance, I am guilty of not reading the fine print! That CAN and DOES get one into hot water, eh Question [?] Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg]

Once upon a time . . . the train did carry you into downtown's Central Station. Apparently VIA has discontinued the boardings at Dorval. No great loss though, for it wasn't the most convenient location to get to from the airport. Last time I traveled it was in 2005 . . .

Apologies!

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Posted by trolleyboy on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 1:36 PM

  Good afternoon folks,nice to see the chat still surviving here.Tom I don't remember seeing a few of those pictures either. I may have but they just dissapeared in the mists of my mind Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg]

Marc- Those Tee's are in much better shape.The Northbay examples will likey stay in an outside setting. Currently they are parked behind the old CPR station in North Bay ( which itself has just been restored and turned into a flea market ) at least the building has been preserved. CPR stopped thier service to North Bay years ago.

On a partially related note,both the Fedreal and Provincail govt ( Ontario ) have pledged money to help upgrade the passenger service, both equipment and trackage. On the Algoma central so that it can continue to serve the populations north of the Agawa canyon. Wisconcin central and now CN who own the ACR had both deffered the maintenance on the trackage out of the park. CN maintains the Sault to canyon portion because of the successfull dinner and excursion trains rrunnin gon that portion of the line.However the givt has declared the rest of the line a vital service much like the ONR's lines from Cocheran to Mooseanee / Moose Factory.

Lars nice shots of the Super Continental. too bad that VIA did away with that sernice Sad [:(] I did much prefre it in the original Suoper continental scheme of the CNR's Black / Green / and Gold.

See you at the bar Thumbs Up [tup]

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Posted by Grinandbearit on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 3:17 PM
The reason that the VIA Timetable says "No local service between Montreal and Dorval" is because the Montreal transit system provides the local service. It runs on the CP lines from downtown to Rigaud.
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Posted by morseman on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 7:41 PM

The Dorval train station is VERY close to Trudeau airport in Dorval (about one mile) I haven't lived in Montreal for quite a while, but I was under the impression there was going to be a shuttle service from the airport of the CN station.     The CN and CP/local transit  stations are opposit each other so be careful what platforms you are on.    Also I dont know the schedules for the local transit trains from Rigaud to Montreal.           One question        Can you take the Montreal Metro Line that goes to Ile Ste Helene/Longueuil & then take a South Shore local bus to get to the rail museum in Delson?

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Posted by morseman on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 7:53 PM

To TOM:

Great to see the topic you started quite a while ago again attracting lots of traffic.      I tried to resurect my old morse key & sounder, but the wires were quite brittle and frayed, so it's back on the shelf.   It would have been a lot easier if I had learned your morse, as I would just have had to buy a door buzzer, rather than trying to restore an antique.

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CANADIAN PASSENGER RAILROADS - Let's talk! BYOB ........
Posted by siberianmo on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 8:18 AM

G'day Gents!

I guess it all depends on one's definition of "very close." When lugging baggage AND the shuttle between the airport and train station is either very, very late or not operating - that can be one hulluva walk! <grin>

Anyway - Grinandbearit -  glad to know that there are trains operating to downtown  - just no longer VIAs.

Morseman  - I still have my speed key (bug), but hardly ever drag it out. My skills are most probably rather rusty - although - from time to time I get the urge! <grin>

Good to see ya over here, Rob! Appears as if my response to our friend in NL either got "lost" or . . .

Just a matter of time to determine whether this Thread has indeed been resurrected. The idea of it was - and is - to share our thoughts about Canadian passenger railroading - past and present.  I'll be checking in from time to time - but spend most of my online time over at "Our" Place on the Classic Trains - General Discussions Forums.

Later! Thumbs Up [tup]

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Posted by DL - UK on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 10:07 AM

Well thank you gents - must sign off now thoigh as have plane to get so I can ride canadian passenger trains - thanks for those tips about Dorval. My bag is pretty light!

 

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Posted by chateauricher on Friday, September 8, 2006 3:15 AM
 DL - UK wrote:

Well thank you gents - must sign off now thoigh as have plane to get so I can ride canadian passenger trains - thanks for those tips about Dorval. My bag is pretty light!

Don't count on being allowed to board a VIA train at Dorval to get to downtown Montreal.  The only "local" train service between Dorval Station and Central Station is offered by the commuter train service of the Montreal Transit Commission.

The "no local service" rule is so that VIA Rail doesn't compete with local public transit or taxi services.  (FYI, even the inter-urban bus services follow this rule.)

Your best bet is to arrange to take a shuttle bus from the airport directly to your hotel; or to the main bus terminus in downtown Montreal and then taxi or metro to your hotel.  Ask about this at the airport or with your travel agent.  Its not as convenient as a taxi door-to-door; but its cheaper.

 

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Posted by DL - UK on Monday, September 18, 2006 1:03 PM
Montreal Airport to Downtown using public transit

Well folks, having made the journey i feel it may be helpful to set out the details with the benefit of experience. Arrival termina at Montreal airport (Dorval - Trudeau) is devoid of public transit info but a recce outside soon finds the city transit bus stop equipped with route map (one road over from the main doors, slightly to the left). Only service seems to be the route 204 which runs frequently (15 min intervals I think). A small queue of locals confirmed I was in the right place. The 204 seems to conclude its run at Dorval so getting on at the airport is a short trip to Dorval bus station - a sort of bus interchange point near the VIA / Regional transit rail station although not quite at the same location (you could indeed walk here as an earlier contributor suggested, so long as you knew the right direction to head for when leaving the arrival terminal, you would have to hike across several large car parks, but given the cheap fare on the route 204 bus there is very little point in walking).

At Dorval bus interchange get off the 204 and switch to the 211 bus - this is an express bus that heads for the city along the interstate. It drops you off at the Lionel-Groulx metro station from where you can choose either the orange or green metro lines down to the city centre. Getting a transfer ticket when paying on the 204 ensures the whole ride costs $2.50 can. All very simple when you know how.

Dorval - city by suburban train would be speedier but you would need to be sure of the times from the AMT website since the frequency is not great - a few in the mornign and eve and then not so many at other times so if your flight did not co-incide it would not be helpful.Plus the station is not catually a true interchange with the bus station as it looked like it was divided by a large road which would require navigation with baggage, not so easy I thought.

Thought these notes might be handy - you never know when someone might search this page for just the same info.

I´ve also taken a VIA train to Quebec City which was very enjoyable. More of my thoughts on that in due course.

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Posted by morseman on Monday, September 18, 2006 1:31 PM

To: DL UK

Looking forward to your posting and your views on VIA Rail,  Montreal   Quebec City   Our Metro Subway. Were you able to get to the RR Museau in St.Constant?    I lived in Dorval, in an adjacent suburb about 25 years ago, so things have certainly changed siince I was there last.       

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Posted by DL - UK on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:12 AM
Thanks Morseman - taking the metro first - I was impressed with this.

I like the spacious stations and the rather evocative 1970s - maybe early 80s decor schemes, look a little dated at first but the quality shines through and with time these will be great period pieces. I must say I prefer the cars on the TTC with their shiny stianless bodywork, but in Montreal they look rather like the french cars in Paris, and of course the rubber tyred drive whells give impressive acceleration.

Sad to see the vandals have attacked the windows in the way now seen in London, in UK they have treid to get on top of this with mixed success but involves CCTV in the cars and also some protective film they place on the glass, as I say with mixed success.

All credit to a bi lingual guy in the Berri Uqam info office who equipped us with a full transit map (Canadians do these so well, I´ve had Toronto and now Montreal and Quebec City maps - they are great as they have the full street map overlaid so it is free city map with transit network, a real boon to any visitor - nearest London equivalent was the all London Bus Map which if it is still produced is charged for but may now only be available ont he web - no use to most people in the field!).

One comment I would make is that Montreal needs a more iconic subway logo - the TTC has a great brand image, not so for Montreal I feel. When looking for stations I tended to look out for aplace that "looks a bit like it might be a Metro station" and it would be one, not so easy to identify. I know the London Underground roundel is one of the most famous in the world, but others have got good brands so a little more effort here maybe?

What amuses me is the sheer low volume of traffic compared with europe - great spacious stations but low vols of passengers. Shows a civic committment to the transit system wheras a british approach would be along the following lines: "here we have a big city with a vast population, how can we build the cheapest possible, smallest transit system we can get away with then crowd as many people as possible into it, oh and not accept we need to rebuild it at least every 100 years".

AMT: not ridden on them yet although yes in theory you can get to Rail Musuem using this as it is adjacent to the rail station at St Constant, BUT, and it is a big but, the service is only out of town in the eve rush so you could only visit the museum if you wanted to sleep there! in bound direction trains to the city are morning only! Seems to be bus access but I,ve not made it out there yet. Too far away from me but also of interest looks like the Hull - Wakefield Steam train north of Ottawa, also in Quebec.

In fairness AMT runs a couple of excursion trains out to the RR museum in summer which is nice (according to a leaflet of days out by train suggestions I picked up at the AMT desk in Montreal Gare Centrale).

By the way, Gare Central is a truly impressive bit of architecture, as you suggested Tom, I loved the deco murals round the walls and all maintained in tip top condition.

This raises a question from me re services like AMT - in theory this is a great suburban network, but the number of trains is so sparse it hardly seems worth the investment in the equipment and stations, basically most lines seems to have 3-5 city bound services in the morning, similar number back at end of work day, don´t even seem to take riders int he opp. direction when going to start their run (eg surely the trains run out to the end of the line in the morning in order to collect passengers on the run into the city, why do they not take poeple in the other driection (or vice versa if the car yards are out of town). Could be better service here I think if people are really to be persuaded out of the autos - and amusing for me to see rush hour congestions just as bad as we have in Europe desite the massive road based infrstructure provided here.

More on VIA later. just to say these are very much observations from my UK perspective, certainly no criticisms. A real plus is the friendly and helpful manner of transit staff, which is rather different than the sometimes rather stand offish or downright unhelpful attitude occasionaly found in the UK.

Regards

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Posted by Nataraj on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 8:28 PM
NWES FLASH!!!

ROYAL HUDSON BACK UNDER HER OWN POWER!!!

JUST GOT HER BOILER AND PARTS CERTIFIED!!
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Posted by trolleyboy on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:55 PM

DL - Sounds like you are having a whale of a time there Thumbs Up [tup] I do hope you can make it out to the museum though, they have an absolute ton of equipment of all vintages and modes of rail transit and freight.You may get your wish for a new corporate logo for the Metro. They are currently looking into replacement cars from Bombardier.Who knows a new logo may come out of it as well.What they really need to do is reinstate street railway service back to the city of Montreal Thumbs Up [tup]Tongue [:P]

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Posted by chateauricher on Friday, September 22, 2006 3:16 AM

DL,

A couple comments about your recent observations...

First of all, the STM (Société de transport de Montréal), the public transit authority in Montréal responsible for bus and metro service, does indeed have a logo for the metro.  It is a circle with an inverted arrow inside (usually white on a blue background), as you can see on their web site :  http://www.stcum.qc.ca/English/metro/a-index.htm or http://www.stcum.qc.ca/English/en-bref/a-logos.htm .  It can be argued that they seem to use this logo sparingly on the streets.

The AMT (Agence métropolitaine de transport http://www.amt.qc.ca/english/welcome.asp ) is responsible for the commuter trains de banlieu (suburban trains).  Being a separate entity from the STM, it is not surprising that their stations and schedules don't co-ordinate very well.  To be frank, these commuter train links were an afterthought.  Only in the last few years, have the powers-that-be decided that integration and co-ordination of the greater Montreal region's many public transit systems is a good idea.

Second, the primary focus of the STM, AMT and most public transit authorities in Canada (and, indeed, in North America), is to provide transportation at peak (rush) and business hours -- specifically, Monday to Friday, 6am to 6pm.  Weekend, evening, holiday and overnight service is often extremely limited.  Unfortunately, this is of little use to people who work or need to get around outside those hours.  Let's face it, we North Americans love our cars, so governments historically have spent money on highways instead of making public transit services more efficient and convenient.

Thirdly, and this is a minor point, but the term interstate is an American term.  There are no interstates in Canada.  In Canada, the term(s) used for a divided, multi-lane, limited access highway vary from province to province.  In the province of Québec, what an American would call an interstate is known as an autoroute.

 

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Posted by kvtrains on Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:33 PM
So here's a different spin on Canadian passenger trains - the potential of a resurrection of service on the CP main line between Calgary and Banff, but affordable. They have an informational website functioning that they are using to explain their concept to potential investors and regulatory officials etc. The idea is basically to run a regularly scheduled train on weekends to Banff and I think Lake Louise with a late day return to Calgary. There's also a planned run to a couple of locations in BC, but I think they are looking to start modestly and see if the thing can survive before going there.

The website is at

http://members.shaw.ca/stampedecityrail

and is pretty complete. Looks like they have a good groundwork laid and simply need to raise capital. Anybody want to invest in a railroad?

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