A short night, but there were miles to go after I sleep, to begin part 2 of this week spent travelling aboard VIA.
DAY 3 Wednesday, March 7
VIA No 59 0400 dp Kingston
VIA No 48 2355 dp Toronto
No 59/49 partial consist: 6772-6867-Buckley Bay-5558-5616-3030 (my car) plus 3 cars.
Kingston - Westbound freight 9516-2567-2565-3737-79613.
Oshawa - CN 7028, 7227, 1228, 1242, 2582, 79560, 79798.
Toronto - GO 503, 705, 900, 725, 801, 707. CN 1316. VIA 6105-6109, 6772-6529-6603-15486 (the Canadian), ONR eastbound 1517-1508-ONR baggage 413, VIA 755-ONR coach 841-VIA 5500-VIA Edson.
A full day in Toronto, having arrived at 0735, the wafting aroma of waffles at Golden Griddle bringing me in for breakfast. Day 3 included visits to Spadina roundhouse and coach yard, George's Trains, the Eaton Centre, Uncommon Valor movie, then a Leafs-Devils game at Maple Leaf Gardens - the Leafs actually won, 8-4.
Returning on the Cavalier, 6777-CN 4105-6626-6861-Buckley Bay- 5558 (my car, should have looked for traces of that aluminum/yellow VIA experimental scheme!)-5616-3030-5713-Euclid-Chaleur Bay-Edmonton.
DAY 4 Thursday, March 8
VIA No 60 0952 dp Kingston
VIA No 33 1233 dp Dorval
VIA No 45 1825 dp Ottawa
VIA No 60 was an LRC consist led by 6916.
Brockville - CN 1310, 79462.
Cornwall - CN Centuries 2000-2041.
Coteau - CN 4353.
Returning from a quick, between-trains lunch at the Dorval McDonald's, a CP freight was westbound with CP 5532-QNS&L 210 and van 434411:
Dorval: 1230 WB freight CN 4240-3726-3122-3 tank cars-79556:
1230 WB: CN 5186-5156-5095-International Service caboose 78108. Also an MUCTC commuter train 1303-921-926-925-900. At this point, I ended a 6-year relationship. With my camera. My trusty Kodak Hawkeye decided to act up, resulting in some weird exposures on the platform at Dorval for its last photos ever.
Montreal-Ottawa train No 33 was also an LRC consist. 6921-3312-3340 (my car)-3 LRC cars. In Ottawa, I took OC Transpo to the Hobby House, where I bought a CP boxcar and magazines. Time ran short, and I had to hail a cab to make it back to Ottawa station in time for departure.
Ottawa station - Vice-|Regal cars 1 & 2, CN business car 5, VIA 5449, 5621, Fortune Bay.
Ottawa - CN 9509 (with green flags)-9554.
Smiths Falls - CP plows 400666, 400783, 401005, CP 1809-8795-7875, end cupola van 437128, westbound CP freight 5518-ANS&L 217-B&O GP38 4800.
Brockville - CP van 434631.
I celebrated catching the train by enjoying a cool Carlsberg and sub sandwich on the trip home. Upon arrival at Kingston, westbound VIA at 1931: 6779-6864-604-5497-5452-5650-116-3218-511-Carleton Manor-Grant Manor-Revelstoke Park.
Ticket from DAY 2:
DAY 6 Saturday, March 10
VIA No 651 0700 dp Kingston
VIA No 46 1730 dp Toronto
Train No 651 was an LRC consist.
Belleville - CN 1385, 79594, 79900, 79323.
I rode a TTC streetcar to the CNE for the Toronto model railway show, picking up ballast cars, posters and buttons. Then an hour of subway-riding to no particular destination before dinner at Harvey's and the 1730 departure of VIA train No 46.
Without overnighting, I was able to cover several hundred Corridor miles in less than a week at very little cost. A new camera was on the horizon as I finally bought a 35 mm SLR.
A new book on VIA Rail is on the horizon - Check here for details, and check back for updates.
Next weekend, watch for Trackside Treasure's spring cleaning sale - own a piece of an LRC.
This Running extra has more one-liners than Don Rickles, the hilarious 'Mr Warmth'.