MISC VIA photos

2021: Not much to show here anymore, given where I am now living and my challenges in easily viewing and photographing VIA trains. The service out here disappears for weeks and months at times and tends to be delayed when it does show up. I will post more photos in the future when I can more easily access the trains. Glad I enjoyed the trains while I could.

June 29, 2014 - Prestige cars prepared to be shipped east, 693 turned around at Dauphin

Last month I posted a series of photos (scroll to the bottom of this page), showing an LRC car plus two grey-banded "Prestige Class" cars on train #1. After spending some time in Vancouver over the past month, the cars were moved to the Winnipeg Maintenance Center (WMC). I lost track of the LRC car in the shuffle. Here we see the two Prestige cars leaving WMC on a deadhead movement of train 693. The cars were being ferried from WMC to the station and did not leave the city. Later that night they were added to #2's consist and transferred to Toronto for a July 1 arrival. You can see how they have been updated a bit since my first batch of photos and these photos show what the other sides of the cars look like. The train shown here (less the two Prestige cars) ended up turning back at Dauphin the next day and returning to Winnipeg as 692. This was due to flash floods on the northern Togo and Assiniboine subdivisions. Thanks to CanadianPassengerRail Yahoo group for providing some of this info.


June 22, 2014 - back to back F40s

The rail line south of Churchill has been closed to service by Omnitrax, due to reported permafrost issues that caused 13 grain cars to derail from a freight train. As a result, VIA trains will only go as far north as Gillam until such time as the line is reopened and deemed safe by VIA Rail. The F40s are coupled back to back so when the train reaches the end of the line, the power can run-around, couple to the rear of the train and come back south. This uncommon power configuration has become the norm around here lately. I'll try to get a few photos of it while it lasts.


May 19, 2014 - LRC in Manitoba, Prestige car deadheads

Here is a set of photos I captured today (Victoria Day Monday) while waiting for 6408 to show up in the pouring rain. I believe this was the only time an LRC car here has ever been here in the west. This was also the first time I saw the grey-banded "Prestige Class" cars that later became a feature of every 'Canadian' trainset..


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