Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CBC On the Money - High Speed Rail in Ontario Audio

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CBC - On the Money TV segment on High Speed Rail in Ontario

Peter Armstrong of the CBC show On the Money hosted a segment on the recent high speed rail study announcement in Ontario. Peter interviewed Paul Langan,founder of High Speed Rail Canada about the future possibility of high speed rail. To listen to the interview CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Why high speed rail will work in southern Ontario

Michael Schabas , who prepared the 2014 High Speed Rail study for the province, has an excellent article refuting the recent critics of the Wynne government high speed rail plan. A recent Toronto Star interview and CBC interview with people, who know seem to now have turned into high speed rail expert,s suggest that the population density does not warrant HSR and that we should use an incremental approach in passenger rail development (Note: We are 50 years behind the rest of the modern world in passenger rail speeds)

The Toronto-Kitchener-London corridor has the population density and traffic demand to support HSR service. Read the excellent article HERE in the Toronto Star.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CBC Radio Kitchener Interview - Ontario High Speed Rail Plan for Ontario

CBC's Craig Norris interviews Paul Langan, founder of High Speed Rail Canada on the Ontario government plan for high speed rail in Ontario. CLICK HERE  to listen to the whole interview aired on May 24th, 2017.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ontario High Speed Rail Study and Press Conference: Moving Forward or Stuck in Neutral

It is hard not to by cynical when the Ontario provincial government announces there we be yet another study on high speed rail in Ontario. This one costs $15 million. The David Collenette HSR study is the 22nd  study that has not produced any results so are things any different this time around.

The Wynne government has announced the study today on the Friday of a long weekend. This is definitely not a preferred time to have a press conference. Governments usually reserve this time for bad news or news or when they cannot get any high profile media.


Here is the press conference with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Steve Del Duca in London Ontario today. https://archive.org/details/May19HighSpeedRailPressConference


The David Collenette study recommends that a full environmental assessment be done and suggests two different cost scenarios depending on speeds. 300 km/h at a cost of $149 million/km  250 km/h at a cost of $55 million/km.

As a cost comparison the 1995 Ontario-Quebec High Speed Rail Study at the 200/250 km/h speed the total cost of the Windsor-Quebec line was $16 billion. Today to do the same speed just the London-Toronto would cost $11 billion.

London to Toronto would be complete by 2025 and expanded to Windsor by 2031.


Collenette understands that for this high speed rail project to happen it must be a 3P, public-private partnership. High Speed Rail Canada strongly recommends that this 3P move beyond the narrow focus of Bombardier and VIA Rail to  companies/countries that have over a half a century of experience in building and operating  high speed rail.


There is also a recommendation  that a new government body would be organized to oversee design and implementation of high speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor within the Ministry of Transportation.

Could high speed rail finally happen in Ontario? We do believe that with the proposed new Federal Government Infrastructure Bank and the Federal Liberals seemingly interested in larger infrastructure projects that maybe the time is right. However at the Kitchener press conference, the Premier stated they had not had any discussions on this subject matter with the federal government. Time will tell if HSR finally comes to Ontario.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Canada Infrastructure Bank could fund high-speed rail in Alberta, Ontario

GLOBE & MAIL- Bill Curry - High-speed rail lines in Alberta and Southern Ontario are the types of projects that could be funded through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the federal Infrastructure Minister said during a day-long debate over the government’s $35-billion plan.

Amarjeet Sohi defended Ottawa’s approach on Thursday during a debate on the proposed bank triggered by an NDP motion that called for legislation creating the bank to be removed from the Liberals’ omnibus budget bill. The government said it will oppose the NDP motion when it comes to a vote on Tuesday. Read the whole article here. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Jason Shron: Via Rail's fleet is obsolete. Can't we do better

Ottawa Citizen - Riding the train in Canada is like stepping into a time warp. Via Rail Canada’s passenger car fleet is a hodge-podge of mismatched equipment built as long ago as 1947, and it is a national embarrassment. Read the rest of the article.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Lorne Perry Collection - Turbo Train

You have waited long enough! Visit our Turbo Train page and click on the Lorne Perry Collection to see these rare professionally shot photos. While you are on the page check out the world's largest collection of video and audio of the Turbo Train.

For people wanting to bring back the Turbo Train, no problem, the original Equipment Diagrams are included on the Turbo Page also.