Canada, VIA Rail
I've spent my holiday in Canada this september, and made some trips by train.
Canada is one of the biggest countries in the world, but has very limited train services for passengers.
Trains are almost always delayed, because of the highly densited freight traffic on the lines.
I've made 4 trips, and the delays were always between 20 and 30 minutes because of this.
Railway bridge in Montréal, near Bassin Peel. This is one of the most densed tracks in the country, with several trains per hour during the morning peak.
Train de banlieu de Montréal. (Suburban train)
Long distance coach.
All trains are diesel pulled.
Amtrak train 68 "Adirondack'' to New York.
There is one daily trainset Montréal- New York.Montréal - Toronto
Interior of train Montréal - Toronto, 2nd class. The luggage space in the overhead compartments
is compareable to the ones in airplanes.
Tracks, some section the trains reach 160km/h, but often it's slower.
A stop on the route. Canada has only long distance trains, and this train stops +- once every 70 kilometers.
In smaller places along the route, stations simply don't exist. The concept of regio trains doesn't excist here.
Loc of the train to Toronto. This loc has a max speed of 160kmh.
A refurbished coach.Toronto Union Station
Suburban train, operated by GO.
Scenic ''dome'' car.
Torontu Union Station and skyscrapers as seen from the CN Tower at 350 hight.
The Union station is the largest transport hub in Canada.Trams in Toronto
Toronto has the largest tramway network of North America. The trams are called ''Streetcar" and are operated by
RTC, which also runs the busses and metrolines in Toronto. There are also new Bombardier trams in Toronto.
The streetcars have the same pantographs as trolleybusses have.
Streetcar in front of the tallest building in Canada, the 298meters high First Canadian Place
Union station from the CN Tower by daylight.
Railway museum (partly free entrance), several hundreds meters behind the Union station.Amtrak train to Niagara Falls
I took the train from Toronto to the famous Niagara falls, 130km away from the city.
The trip is 2 hours, and is only once a day; 08.20h from Toronto, and back at 17.45h from Niagara.
This is part of the Toronto - New York Maple leaf train.
Interior of the Amtrak train. All seats are in drivers direction, there is a pull under the seat to turn it at the terminal
station, before going back.
Arriving at border station Niagara (Canada). The trainstaff is changed here for American staff.
The train has Amfleet one coaches.
After 30 minutes stop, the train continues to USA.
Maple Leaf train to New York over Whirlpool bridge over Niagara River.
The Niagara Falls.
For the price of 0,50$ you can pass a pedestrian bridge to the USA, and for another 6$ you can buy
a visa to enter the USA. I did that, to see the falls on both side. It took only 10 minutes to pass the border patrol.
Bus operated by the suburban transport company of Toronto in Niagara.Québec ville
Train Chemin de fer Charlevoix
at Chute Montmorrency.
This scenic railway is operated with a former Deutsche Bahn BR628 trainset.
Gare du Palais at Québec ville.
Train Québec ville - Montréal - Ottawa in Québec ville.
Ready to go.
Hall in Montréal.