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Friday, May 22, 2015

High Speed Rail - History - On Board the VIA Turbo Train Interview March 6th, 1977

I love this interview. It is short but captures the essence of  being a passenger in 1977 on the Turbo and comparing it to the cost/convenience to travelling by plane.

FROM CBC ARCHIVES  February 28th, 1977, Federal Transport Minister Otto Lang announces the creation of a new Crown corporation that will take over all passenger rail services in Canada. It is called VIA Rail Canada. Until this time, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways both operated a mix of profitable freight services and debt-ridden passenger services. CBC Radio reporter Bob Johnstone, on board the Turbo train between Toronto and Montreal, asks his fellow passengers why they prefer traveling by rail. http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/1977-via-rail-canada-is-born

Thursday, May 21, 2015


NOTE: This blog title sums up the present state of passenger rail in Canada.

WINDSOR STAR - A train travelling from Windsor to Toronto clipped a John Deere lawn mower east of Chatham.
The 83-year-old lawn mower driver was wearing ear protection while cutting grass and did not hear the train coming, according to a police news release. He was not injured.
Damage to the lawn mower was estimated at about $1,500. Police said no charges will be laid.

Maxime Dupont-Demers, spokesman for VIA Rail, said the train made an emergency stop after it struck the mower at a crossing between fields where there are no lights or barriers. Police said it was near the intersection of Kent Bridge Road and Northwood Line.

“There is a right of passage for tractors there,” he said in an email. He said the mower driver was not injured, nor were any of the train passengers.
Dupont-Demers said the train has the right of way and whistles at all crossings.

Via Rail Boss say NO to High Speed Rail

Windsor Star - The Windsor market will gain two runs as part of a strategy by Via Rail Canada to increase ridership.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, the president and CEO of Via Rail, announced the return of a 5:30 p.m. weekday train from Toronto to Windsor and an extra run between Windsor and London during a Wednesday luncheon hosted by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re working hard to increase ridership at Via Rail,” Desjardins-Siciliano told about 50 people at the Caboto Club. “We believe we’re poised for growth.”

He said the extra service should be in place late this year or by early 2016. There is also a plan to add an extra service between Sarnia and London.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

High Speed Rail Canada Announces New On-Line Clothing Store

High Speed Rail Canada officially announces that their on-line store is now open to buy High Speed Rail Canada clothing.

WireService.ca Press Release (05/20/2015) Cambridge, ON, - High Speed Rail Canada is Canada's only national advocacy group promoting the introduction of high speed rail since 2008.

High Speed Rail Canada has over 20 previous Canadian high speed rail studies on their website as well as the world’s largest publically available video and audio recordings relating to the CN Turbo Train and Bombardier Jet Train. Their newsletter goes out to over 300 supporters and is growing each month.

The introduction of clothing embroidered with the High Speed Rail Canada logo for sale is now being offered on their website. Payment is available through Paypal.
Clothing available through the site includes:
  • Short and long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Ladies and mens polo Shirts.
  • Zippered and pull over Gildan Hoodies
High Speed Rail Founder Paul Langan states, "It is time to actively promote the need for high speed rail travel in Canada. Our clothing is one way to raise the visibility of the issue and to also allow supporters a chance to buy it. The embroidered logo looks fantastic on the shirts and hoodies.”

Visit the High Speed Rail Canada store on their website . Keep in touch with them via Twitter - @HSRCanada. Contact Paul Langan 519-654-0089

High Speed Rail Canada Website

Friday, May 15, 2015

Why America Is Behind In ‘Positive Track Control’ Has A Lot To Do With Other Countries Moving Forward With High-Speed Rail

Angelo Young - International Business Times - If you step onto a train in Uzbekistan, you’ll discover a system far more advanced than anything built in the United States. The 4-year-old Afrosiyob high-speed rail system connects the country’s two major cities with a modern, efficient and safe train that can get from one end of the 214-mile line to the other in 90 minutes. That’s roughly the same distance Amtrak trains travel between Boston and New York, a trip that takes nearly four hours.

And like many other rail systems of the United States (and underdeveloped countries), Afrosiyub is technologically safer because high-speed rail lines utilize high-tech accident-avoidance systems that have been implemented only on short stretches by Amtrak, which shuttles more than 30 million people every year, mainly through its Northeast Corridor.

“The Northeast Corridor has a hodgepodge of modern train control systems,” said Richard Harnish, executive director of the Chicago-based Midwest High Speed Rail Association. “We haven’t spent the money on the train tracks, and so Amtrak has been piecing together a patchwork system. We should make the existing infrastructure state of the art.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

China trainmakers seek controlling stake in Bombardier-sources

BEIJING, April 29(Reuters) - China's top two trainmakers have been in discussions with Bombardier Inc about possibly buying a controlling stake in the Canadian company's railway unit, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
China CNR Corp Ltd and state-owned CSR Corp Ltd , now in the process of merging to create the world's biggest railway company, are exploring a stake purchase of the Bombardier unit, complementing China's plan to sell its high-speed rail technology abroad, the sources said.
But discussions can not move forward until after the Chinese trainmakers complete a planned $26-billion merger next month, said a person close to one of the Chinese companies.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

VIA Rail looks at private funds to build own tracks

NOTE: Only in Canada, would we spend $3 billion to have train speeds that saves only 15minutes in travel time from train schedules between Toronto and Montreal that existed in the1970s (45 years ago!) and think this is a win.

TORONTO STAR - VANESSA LU - With freight traffic clogging railroads, VIA Rail is
considering strategy to raise $3 billion in private investment to build dedicated passenger tracks from Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal.

VIA Rail is looking at raising $3 billion in private investment to buy and build its own dedicated passenger tracks from Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, a move that could speed up service dramatically.