High Speed Rail Canada Founder to Speak at Urban Forum in Ottawa

Turbotrains, Jettrains and Beyond: High Speed Rail in Canada 

Urban Forum Ottawa, will have host a presentation by High Speed Rail Canada founder Paul Langan on January 17th, 2019.

WireService.ca Media Release (01/07/2019) -  High Speed Rail Canada, as part of their mandate to educate the Canadian public,give public presentations about high speed rail as it relates to Canada.

Urban Forum Ottawa is hosting the event. They host lecture series on topics that would be of interest to professionals in their organization and the public.

Here are the details of the event.

PRESENTATION: Turbotrains, Jettrains and Beyond: High Speed Rail in Canada
DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, Heritage Building, Second Floor,  110 Laurier Ave. West
COST: Free

Paul Langan founder of High Speed Rail Canada states, “ I am excited to come to Ottawa to give an entertaining presentation and have a lively discussion with participants about high speed rail in Canada. I am grateful to Urban Forum Ottawa for hosting this event.”

Media Contact - Paul Langan, High Speed Rail Canada founder at 226-505-7605 or by using contact page on website at http://highspeedrail.ca


In 1997, the Ottawa chapters of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) joined forces to present Urban Forum, a lecture series for their members as well as elected officials, students and the public at large in the Ottawa area. Four times per year, internationally known speakers and local experts address topics that reflect the challenges faced by the associations’ combined membership. http://urbanforum.ca/


In 2008, Mr. Langan started High Speed Rail Canada to educate Canadians on high speed rail in Canada. It is acknowledged that High Speed Rail Canada is the single national resource on high speed rail information in Canada. Their website, youtube channel and social media are used extensively by the public to increase their knowledge on previous and present Canadian high speed rail studies.

Updated Edmonton Calgary High Speed Rail Page

We have updated our Calgary-Edmonton High Speed Rail page to include a 1985 study and a 2010 map. Click on page tab on right hand side of this blog to view.

Bombardier JetTrain Slide Show Holiday Gift

We want to say thank you to all the supporters of High Speed Rail Canada. What better way to do it then give you a free slideshow of the historic Bombardier JetTrain. Happy Holidays everyone.

Washington State Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation Study

China's Ultra High Speed Train 483/km/h
All you fans of high speed rail between Oregon/Washington/BC please complete this online survey by the Washington State Department of Transportation relating to ultra-high speed rail corridor to connect with Canada. Here is the link

Did the CN TurboTrain Reach Speeds of 273 km/h in Test Runs?

New evidence suggest Canada's first and only high speed train went even faster than previous known in test runs.

Amazing TurboTrain photo by John Stewart 

What a shock to us at High Speed Rail Canada. We thought we knew everything about the CN Turbo Trains that used to run in Canada from 1968-1982.

It is a well known fact that the TurboTrain reached a well documented record speed of 226 km/h in 1976 speed runs. This record will stand even after VIA Rail spends $1 billion on new trains from Siemens. Please see previous blog POST for photo of certificate given to those on the historic run.

Recently we were reviewing our TurboTrain Footage on our Youtube page and found this amazing fact. On Part 1 of the three part documentary 1970 film on the Turbotrain by CN, it states at 6:08 into the video that, "These features helped Turbo to achieve speeds of up to 170 mph on test runs". (273 km/h)

The key words in the statement above regarding the speed is "of up to to 170 mph".

The only way to definitely prove  how fast the Turbo went during testing is to interview an engineer that was actually on the train during these test runs.There were definite limits on the speed of the Turbo due to quality of the track at that time of testing.

The TurboTrain is an amazing part of  Canadian passenger railway history. Whatever the top speed of the Turbo train was in testing during 1967-1969, the legend of the TurboTrain will continue to grow.