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VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 06/30/07 at 10:51:21 - 'VIA6434_east_Jasper.jpg' 140 KB
Although Spiderman 3 is now out in theatres, Spiderman 2 is still being advertised by this eastbound Canadian......

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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 06/12/07 at 17:06:40 - 'Via_6133_Sleeps_in_the_shed........jpg' 265 KB
6133 sleeps in the Victoria BC roundhouse; reglegated to standby / backup service.....

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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 05/05/07 at 23:12:45 - 'JasperAB_KokaneePark.jpg' 206 KB
Canadian arrives 2 hours late in Jasper AB.
 
Kokanee Park on the tail.
 
April 30, 2007.

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Re: via vista domes - By NS_VIA_FAN on 04/15/07 at 09:30:54 - 'Skeena_2.jpg' 241 KB
VIA also runs Domes on the Montreal-Gaspe "Chaleur and on one of the three "Ocean" consists (the other two consists use the Renaissance cars). They will be adding a "Park" dome-observation to all the Ocean consists for the summer.
 
In the west VIA uses a Park car on the Jasper-Prince George-Prince Rupert "Skeena" and also the low-level domes on the Jasper-Edmonton "Snow Train Express"
 
Here's a photo of the Snow Train with the Skeena equipment parked behind it.

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Re: Westerly VIA Rail Photo's - By Conductor717 on 01/23/07 at 19:56:35 - 'Picture_526_800x600.jpg' 61 KB
Here is 6427 sitting idling 24/7on its dockside in Jasper awaiting it's orders

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Re: Westerly VIA Rail Photo - By Conductor717 on 01/20/07 at 22:43:15 - 'Picture_548-2_800x600.jpg' 73 KB

Here's a nice shot of our lead 6448 crossing over to its dock siding in Jasper, Cold but beautiful day. Conductor717

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Re: Rebuilt F40PH 6400 - By Ken V on 12/13/06 at 21:03:49 - 'VIA_6400.jpg' 74 KB
Here's another photo of the new 6400. It was taken by Roger Hoather, Manager of Capital Projects for VIA Rail Canada, soon after VIA took delivery last month. 6400 is expected to be placed into service later this month.

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Re: Rocky Mountaineer derails near Rogers Pass - By Pyronova on 06/10/06 at 00:59:58 - 'derailment.jpg.25741.jpg' 221 KB
on Jun 7th, 2006, 2:17pm, missthealcos wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Too bad the CN cars are all gone...made things so much easier!

 
No they're not!
 
Look!
 


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 04/03/06 at 23:43:37 - 'VIA6130_vancouverBC.jpg' 216 KB
Reglegated to Standby Service....  

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VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 03/20/06 at 12:12:48 - 'RDC6135_RDC6148_CourtenayBC.jpg' 208 KB
2 RDCs on the "Malahat" service.
 
Units 6135 and 6148.
 
March 18, 2006  Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC.
 
LINK URL
 
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Woman killed at rail crossing - By Powernic on 03/19/06 at 14:03:13 - 'Accident_6418.jpg' 132 KB
A 27-year-old woman is dead after a VIA train collided with her vehicle at a railway crossing yesterday morning west of Acton.
 
The victim was hit by the westbound passenger train as she was crossing the tracks at Highway 7 and Dublin Line around 11:40 a.m.
 
She was later pronounced dead at the Georgetown hospital in Halton. No one else was in the vehicle and no passengers on the train were injured.
 
The car was dragged about one kilometre down the tracks from the crossing, Halton police said.
 
"It was just crushed pretty much; there wasn't very much left of it," said Beth Macleod, an Acton resident who drove by the scene later in the day.
 
The 10-year resident said she hasn't seen an accident like this in the area before.
 
"It had been dragged so far," she said.
 
The crossing doesn't have any barriers to warn drivers of an oncoming train, Macleod said.
 
"The bell rings and the lights flash, but there are no arms that come down," she said.
 
The Halton Regional traffic bureau is investigating how the accident happened and is asking any witnesses to call 905-825-4777.
 
Police are still trying to notify the victim's next of kin and have not released her name, but they said she is a resident of the area.
 
The issue of safety at rail crossings without barriers has been debated in the past.
 
Following a double fatal accident in 2004 in Aurora, GO Transit promised to spend $5.6 million on safety arms at its crossings, which were only equipped with flashing red lights and bells.


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Re: Renaissance Trains - By NBECMich on 01/27/06 at 09:50:47 - 'DSCF0043.jpg' 386 KB
And that other weird coupler at the back of the renaissance train. I also make small video today to bad can not expose it' oh this site  and more picture if want to see more
 
 
Bi the way someone nose, wy those car are going to moncton or Halifax they do not seen damaged exep for the frozen door oh the renaissance partly open

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Re: Renaissance Trains - By NBECMich on 01/27/06 at 09:44:39 - 'DSCF0036.jpg' 378 KB
and the two renaissance

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Re: Renaissance Trains - By NBECMich on 01/27/06 at 09:41:55 - 'DSCF0040.jpg' 389 KB
The dome car picture

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Re: Renaissance Trains - By NBECMich on 01/27/06 at 09:35:53 - 'DSCF0038.jpg' 389 KB
Saw they Ocean today, Hep car consist, so yes it's still not completely replace by de renaissance car.
 
But a Notice at the end of the train there was 3 dome car the one normaly use right after the coach, and 2 Renaissance coach car in last unusual coupler there some pic for your guys

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Re: Why are P42's only used in the corridor? - By Ken V on 01/04/06 at 22:18:45 - 'VIA_P42DC_917.jpg' 52 KB
on Jan 4th, 2006, 1:53pm, joncalon wrote:       (Click here for original message)

The other reason for the P42's in the corridor only is the truck gearing.  The P42's are geared for high speed (110mph top speed?), which is useless on the long distance trains...

The other other related reason is track speed limits. While the F40s are geared for either 90 or 95 mph, depending on the unit, the top track speed outside the corridor is, I believe, 85 mph. Within the corridor the P42s are allowed to do 100 mph on straight track with either LRC or Renaissance cars and can also go much faster than the F40s on curves (with the active tilting mechanism engaged).
 
[gratuitous unrelated photo - Train 45 at Rouge Hill]

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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By ENR3870 on 10/15/05 at 00:17:31 - '6133nanaimo.jpg' 225 KB
VIA 6133 in Nanaimo, back in service after being used for 2 years as a parts source. On the southbound Malahat at Nanaimo.

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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 09/16/05 at 12:50:25 - 'ViaRail_Dome_Tremblant_Park.jpg' 199 KB
Observation Car: Tremblant Park
 
Jasper AB, "Skeena" Service


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 09/16/05 at 12:49:24 - 'ViaRail_Dome_Kokanee_Park.jpg' 204 KB
Observation Car: Kokanee Park
 
Jasper AB, "Skeena" Service


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 09/16/05 at 12:44:35 - 'ViaSkeena_6438.jpg' 267 KB
 
Loco 6438 awaits departure on "Skeena" Service, Jasper AB
LINK URL
 
 


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 09/16/05 at 12:41:19 - 'VIASKEENA_1722.jpg' 164 KB
Dome Car 1722
 
Ex BC Rail "Whistler Northwind" Service
 
Now part of the "Skeena" Service Carsets.
 


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 07/26/05 at 19:02:29 - 'ViaRailJasperAB.jpg' 251 KB
Jasper AB Station.  Also Greyhound Depot.
 
Ex Canadian National.
 
Wide Angle View.
 
 


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 07/26/05 at 19:00:53 - 'VIARAIL_BAnffPark.jpg' 172 KB
Observation Car: Banff Park
 
Jasper AB, "Skeena" Service
 
 


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Re: VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 07/26/05 at 18:57:44 - 'VIA1721.jpg' 181 KB
Dome Car 1721
 
Ex BC Rail "Whistler Northwind" Service
 
Now part of the "Skeena" Service Carsets.
 


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VIA Photo Thread! - By Pyronova on 07/26/05 at 18:56:19 - 'VIARail_SKeena_6444.jpg' 252 KB
Moderator: Please Sticky
 
 
This Thread is for all VIA photos of and from the VIA Rail Service!  
 
Thanks for posting!
 
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Loco 6444 awaits departure on "Skeena" Service, Jasper AB
LINK URL
 


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Re: stainless cars future - By Victoria Railway on 07/11/05 at 10:26:41 - 'ViaCanadianDouglas97.jpg' 118 KB
Pre 1990 these cars had a traditional late 70's/early 80's look -- a lot of browns and tweeds... in carpeting as well as carpeting on the walls. I rode the Canadian in Februarly, 1986 and a round-trip from Toronto to Vancouver in a roomette was about $800. I subsequently took the Canadian again in 1988 but travelled one-way in coach from Toronto to Calgary when I moved there. The last time I was on the train was in 1997 with the Silver and Blue Class. I loved it even more than the first two times (maybe it was the meals being included in the fare, and the huge consist with lots of skyline domes -- I never had a problem getting a good seat in the domes, even through the mountains). Here's a picture of me standing beneath my bedroom window outside of Douglas Manor. This was at the stop at Sioux Lookout.

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Re: stainless cars future - By Victoria Railway on 07/10/05 at 11:21:49 - 'sibley_10-2.jpg' 77 KB
There is one car in a Canadian museum -- Sibley Park is at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson, QC. Dome is covered with a tarp to protect it from the elements. Have not heard about the museum's plans to restore the car.
 
Sean
 
Photo by Chris Greenlaw

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LRC banking system - By uacturbo on 06/06/05 at 20:23:49 - 'CN002251.jpg' 39 KB
Just wondering...
 
This past Saturday, June 4 I took #42 to Ottawa and the banking system was on. Then on Sunday, I took #45 back to Oshawa and the banking system was off.  
 
Both consists were comprised entirely of LRC cars and P42s.
 
Is there certain criteria for the banking system being deployed?
 
Cheers,
 
Kevin

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Re: Photos of VIA derailment on the E&N - By ENR3870 on 02/14/05 at 13:23:10 - '6135derailment4.jpg' 170 KB
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Re: Photos of VIA derailment on the E&N - By ENR3870 on 02/14/05 at 13:21:59 - '6135derailment3.jpg' 146 KB
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Re: Photos of VIA derailment on the E&N - By ENR3870 on 02/14/05 at 13:20:23 - '6135derailment2.jpg' 80 KB
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Photos of VIA derailment on the E&N - By ENR3870 on 02/14/05 at 13:16:48 - '6135derailment.jpg' 204 KB
These photos were taken by Jim Sturgill, a retired E&N locomotive engineer. The derailment occured on Jan. 10, 2005. Not a good start to the new year for VIA Rail Victoria. 6135 hit the iced over crossing at a whopping 5 MPH. Because the train was going so slow it was a minor derailment, only the lead truck went on the ground. 6135 was rerailed later that afternoon and 6148 headed north the next day following ENR 3870 north to Courtenay.  
 
 
6148, as usual, broke down a few days later. That car is such a piece of junk compaired to 6135.

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VIA's Exporail donations - By cpr_trains on 02/08/05 at 21:23:33 - 'via_trio.jpg' 82 KB
Here is a shot of all three donations together from VIA to Exporail.

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Re: Museum donations - LRC-3 #6921 - By cpr_trains on 02/08/05 at 21:22:00 - '6921_8.jpg' 65 KB
The builder's plate of LRC-3 #6921

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Re: Museum donations - LRC-3 #6921 - By cpr_trains on 02/08/05 at 21:21:14 - '6921_7.jpg' 82 KB
A second view of the rear of the locomotive.

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Re: Museum donations - LRC-3 #6921 - By cpr_trains on 02/08/05 at 21:20:02 - '6921_6.jpg' 83 KB
Another angle

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Re: Turbo trains: where are they now? - By uacturbo on 02/08/05 at 19:59:51 - 'VIA153_1790401.jpg' 25 KB
If you want the Turbo experience, Paul Langan has compiled a Turbo DVD that features the award-winning Peterson Productions video - Turbo - filmed in 1970.  
 
As someone who spent just about every day at the tracks in Pickering as a kid, just waiting for the Turbo, I can tell you this video is a real trip through memory lane. Many a time, years later when I worked for CN, we'd take #66 on a Friday afternoon to Montreal for the weekend. We'd line up early and race to the lead dome to sit behind the engineers. It was the ultimate thrill.  
 
I highly recommend this DVD. I'm having trouble linking to his web  site but it is available for cost on eBay.
 
I believe the Turbo set that was stored at Montreal was gutted by fire near Morrisburg, Ont. on May 29, 1979 (145 - club PDC; 200 - club; 202 - club; 255 - coach; 225 - cafe coach; 260 - coach; 250 - coach; 227 - cafe coach; 153 - coach PDC) and was scrapped at Contre Coeur just outside Montreal.
 
The two remaining sets met their maker at Naporano Iron and Metal in New Jersey along with the Amtrak sets.
 
It's my understanding a Power Dome Car was offered to a museum for cash but the windows were missing and all the interiors stripped.
 
Cheers,
 
Kevin

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Re: Via equipment baught from the US. - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 23:34:58 - 'storage_3.jpg' 64 KB
A view back down the storage tracks towards the main area of the MMC.

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Re: Via equipment baught from the US. - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 23:34:26 - 'storage_2.jpg' 80 KB
Another view along the line of stored equipment. This ex-Amtrak coach is also gutted with its windows removed.  Note the LRC locomotive in the rear-right.

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Re: Via equipment baught from the US. - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 23:33:04 - 'storage_1.jpg' 51 KB
Another dome in storage.  Note on the coach at the right hand side of the photo how the windows are removed and the car is completely gutted.

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Re: Via equipment baught from the US. - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 23:31:54 - 'storage_5.jpg' 38 KB
Closer view of the previous shot.

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Re: Via equipment baught from the US. - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 23:31:18 - 'storage_4.jpg' 69 KB
These aren't the greatest quality photos I've taken - I took them with a lousy point-and-shoot back in the summer of 2001.  if anyone has better ones of this type, please feel free to add them to this thread.
 
These photos were all taken at the north-east side of the MMC from a park on the north side of the property.
 
In this first shot, we see one of the surplus dome cars, two surplus coaches (I've yet to account for them - help?) and two RDC-1s.

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Re: What accidents yield... - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 02:02:36 - '8121_2.jpg' 79 KB
Here's the second photo of the same car.  Note the lack of sponsorship scandal logos on the car (ie: wavy flags, Gov't of Canada logos, etc)
 
Also, in comparison with the photos in the Sibley Park thread, note the cap above the diaphragms where the spring and plug once were as well as the stainless steel sheet between the stantions that's not there on post-HEP cars.

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What accidents yield... - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:58:40 - '8121.jpg' 67 KB
With all the recent concversation on the Edson, AB accident, I thought I'd dig through my photo collection to locate the following two photos, taken in behind the Acier Metco facilities in Montreal, QC.  
 
Shown here is ex-VIA coach #8121, nee-CPR Coach #121.  It was severely damaged in the Biggar, SK accident on 3 Sep 1997 and retired from the VIA fleet in Sep 2001.
 
Note how numerous items that were salvageable have been removed, such as the diaphragms, handrails and the like.  Also notice the damage running up and down the side of the car and perhaps ponder just how much force is required for such damage to occur.

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Re: E-sleeper pics - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:43:15 - 'eureka_1.jpg' 54 KB
Here is a photo of the Eureka at Exporail in 1999.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:21:29 - 'sibley_20.jpg' 72 KB
The third painting by Hausser was a map of the park and would have been located to the right of the staircase that led up to the dome area.  Today, the HEP-upgraded cars have a mirror and a series of clocks that display the various time zones across Canada in this location.  
 
(C)1986 VIA Rail Canada - current owner unknown/unconfirmed.  Oil on canvas.  
 
REPRODUCED WITHOUT PERMISSION


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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:19:28 - 'sibley_19.jpg' 52 KB
The side mural, shown here, would have been found interspersed among the three smaller windows on the outer wall of the Mural Lounge.  (C)1986 VIA Rail Canada - current owner unknown/unconfirmed.  141.7 x 414.5 cm.  Oil on canvas.  REPRODUCED WITHOUT PERMISSION


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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:17:03 - 'sibley_18.jpg' 287 KB
Main mural painted by Yvonne McKague Housser in 1954.  This would have been found along the forward bulkhead in the Mural Lounge.  (C)1986 VIA Rail Canada - current owner unknown/unconfirmed.  111.9 x 209 cm.  Oil on canvas.  REPRODUCED WITHOUT PERMISSION
 
Notice the Silver Islet settlement at the bottom right of the bay and the "Sleeping Giant" in the background.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:07:13 - 'sibley_17.jpg' 64 KB
Winding up our roundabout tour of the exterior of this car is the other side of the vestibule end and diaphragm.  It's a little easier to see the spring and pin at the top of the diaphragm in this view and the fabric is intact on this side.  
 
Notice how the paint around the vestibule door is applied - the trim around the door itself isn't painted, creating a silver pinstripe effect through the blue paint on the letterboard.  This is the "correct" method of painting these cars, regardless of era or livery.  A common mistake is to paint over this trimline - a mistake even made by VIA themselves on several post-HEP cars.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:03:49 - 'sibley_16.jpg' 87 KB
A view further towards the front of the corridor-side.  Note the original battery boxes with their stainless steel covers - still in place on the HEP upgraded cars.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 01:00:09 - 'sibley_15.jpg' 79 KB
Closeup view of the corridor windows, directly across from the mural lounge.  Note the original placement of the VIA logo on this side of the car.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:58:27 - 'sibley_14.jpg' 82 KB
View of the corridor-side of the car.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:57:15 - 'sibley_13.jpg' 95 KB
Another view of the coupler and draught gear.  Again, you can see how the knuckle itself is missing.  The lift-bar for the coupler is only on this side.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:55:33 - 'sibley_12.jpg' 86 KB
View of the rear coupler, brake hose and steam-heat hose.  Note how the knuckle on the coupler is missing.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:53:00 - 'sibley_11.jpg' 64 KB
The bullet-end of the car.  Note how the drumhead has been capped in blue plastic.  Also, note the original teardrop marker lights on the sides inside the numberboard and the single light on top, which would have been added in the late 1960s.  
 
At one point in time, there also would have been a windshield wiper on the rear door, but that has long since been broken off.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:50:09 - 'sibley_10.jpg' 77 KB
Full-length shot of the Mural Lounge side.  If you see this car in person (before it's restored) take a close look at the area around the marker light in the numberboard.  You'll easily be able to see some Action Red paint underneath, which has been revealed by the weather over the last decade or so.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:46:56 - 'sibley_9.jpg' 92 KB
View from the right-side skirting looking to the rear of the car.  The [i]Skyline[/] domes and the Park-series cars were the only Budd-built equipment acquired by the CPR to have stainless steel skirting.
 
Notice the vent just to the rear of the Mural Lounge windows  (notice it as a point of orientation).  On the HEP upgraded cars, one of the three windows below that vent - the rearmost of the three - is plugged.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:43:16 - 'sibley_8.jpg' 76 KB
A very dated photo.  Notice the original VIA logo as applied in the late 70s and the classic outline of the old beaver shield.  Also, note the absence of sponsorship scandal wavy flags and Government of Canada logos.  Anyways, I still think that Greg McDonnell has a better shot of the beaver shield outline in one of his books!

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:40:26 - 'sibley_7.jpg' 109 KB
Moving along the right hand side of the car - remember - the vestibule end is "forward".  Note the older-style Trane airconditioning units and compressors below the emergency exit window.  Also, notice how these aren't the correct trucks.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:34:32 - 'sibley_5.jpg' 94 KB
Front-end coupler.  Note the clearance of the knuckle from the striker plate - a vast difference when compared to your average HO-scale model!  This shot also shows good detail of the steam heat hoses - the break hose appears to have been broken off.  Note the 'H'-type passenger car coupler with extra shelf to the side of the knuckle.  Finally, note the date of inspection for this car stencilled onto the left hand side of the photo - "Halifax Maintenance Centre" 9 September 1992.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:30:57 - 'sibley_4.jpg' 56 KB
Another view of the diaphragm mechanism, this time, note the crossbar attached to the car body and striker plate.  This is another feature not found on the HEP cars.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:26:16 - 'sibley_2.jpg' 83 KB
Photo of the vestibule-end. Notice the shape of the original diaphragm compared to the post-HEP type.

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Re: Museum donations - #15513 Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/06/05 at 00:23:11 - 'sibley_1.jpg' 64 KB
Sibley Park in storage during the spring of 1998 in Ottawa, ON alongside sister cars Algonquin Park and Riding Mountain Park.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:17:37 - '6309_8.jpg' 54 KB
Rebuild plate applied to 6309 in 1984 by CN.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:16:46 - '6309_7.jpg' 95 KB
Rear-right view.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:16:06 - '6309_6.jpg' 98 KB
Full-length shot of the right-hand side.  Note the odd pattern in which the paint along the grille is fading.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:15:08 - '6309_5.jpg' 79 KB
A good shot along the engineer's side of the locomotive.  Note the MU hoses on the pilot - another feature that would not have been found on the CPR's counterparts when delivered.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:14:07 - '6309_4.jpg' 69 KB
Head-on view.  Although she's seen better days, the small details such as lenses, number boards, wipers and the like are all in place.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:13:02 - '6309_3.jpg' 74 KB
Front-left side of the locomotive.  Note the permanent ditch lights, which would have most likely been added during the 1984 rebuild.  Close inspection of the peeling rust to the right of the ditch light below the visible number board yields an "archaeologist's" view of this locomotive's history.  If you're fortunate enough to have a look at the 6903 in person, examine this rust in detail and you'll see the peeling strata of different paint applications over the years.  Easiest to note is the CN red, which would have been been applied prior to 1978.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:10:00 - '6309_2.jpg' 74 KB
Full-shot of the left side.

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Re: Museum donations - FP9Au #6309 - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 23:07:37 - '6309_1.jpg' 104 KB
Starting from the rear-left of the locomotive.  Note the backup light - a distinctive feature when compared to the ex-CPR FP7s and FP9s, which was located on the rear-right side.

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Re: Museum donations - LRC, FP9Au & Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 22:37:20 - '6921_4.jpg' 68 KB
Finally, the front left-hand side of the locomotive.

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Re: Museum donations - LRC, FP9Au & Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 22:36:29 - '6921_3.jpg' 76 KB
Head-on view of LRC-3 #6921

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Re: Museum donations - LRC, FP9Au & Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 22:35:49 - '6921_2.jpg' 85 KB
Right-front side.  Note how good the condition of this locomotive is - all of the proper equipment and details that adorn the outside of the cab, from number boards to windscreen wipers, are all still in place.

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Re: Museum donations - LRC, FP9Au & Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 22:34:29 - '6921_5.jpg' 80 KB
The right-hand side of the locomotive.

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Re: Museum donations - LRC, FP9Au & Sibley Park - By cpr_trains on 02/05/05 at 22:27:35 - '6921_1.jpg' 97 KB
Starting from the rear of the locomotive, here is a photo of LRC-3 #6921 (class MPA-27b).  Built by Bombardier in 1983, LRC-3 6921 was the first of its class of ten locomotives.  
 
When compared to the rear of an unidentified LRC-2 (#691x) on page 20 of Rail Canada Vol. 4, note the difference in the coils on the right side of the diaphragm.

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Re: E-sleeper pics - By cpr_trains on 02/03/05 at 09:53:36 - 'rbirth11.jpg' 10 KB
Hmm. Seems as though noone aptly replied to answer this gentleman's question.  Let's give it a try and hope it's seen by the originating author...  Regarding E-series sleeping cars, it would depend if you're looking for interior or exterior photographs and which era you wish to model.  
 
From the late 1970s until 1990, you'd be looking at blue, yellow and black exterior with varying interior colours.  Two of the best sources for paint schemes and colour photos of the exterior of these cars are easy to find in "Rail Canada Vol. 4" - LPD Publishing, "VIA Rail Canada: The First Five Years" by Tom Nelligan (ISBN:093765808).  
 
Good interior photos during this time frame are a little harder to find, but it is possible.  Take a look in the plethora of VIA Rail publications such as timetables and accommodations brochures before say 1988 or so.  One method of identifying whether or not you're looking at an E-series sleeper open section, for example, is by examining the style of reading lamp.  The E-series sleepers had an eyeball-style glass lamp that is very distinct from its Budd counterpart.  If you look in the colour pages in "Rail Canada Vol. 4", you'll see a photo of an open-section from Douglas Manor.  Note how different the reading lights are - more of a vertical rectangular shape.  The attached image is an example of the light you're looking for.  
 
The upholstry, linoleum and wainscoating varied depending on where and when the E-series sleepers were used.  For example, in the mid-1980s, E-series sleepers used on the Canadian and Super Continental sported blue- and red-toned upholstery and wainscoating and the distinctive dotted-patterned linoleum in the areas leading from the vestibule closest to the lavatories.
 
E-series sleepers used on the Hudson's Bay trains until the mid-1990s were overwhelmingly toned differently due to the abuse of some passengers.  The upholstered wainscoating was removed and most upright surfaces were simply painted with a beige-toned paint.  Service workers at the Winnipeg Maintenance Centre in 1995-96 explained to me that the paint was easier to clean when it was fouled by the customers than was the upholstry.
 
One of the best sources for exterior photos of the earlier black & grey CN paint scheme and the more attractive olive green, black and gold scheme can be found in the "Canadian National Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment, Volume 1" by John Riddell and published by Morning Sun Books.  
 
"The Canadian National Railways Story" by Patrick C. Dorin, (ISBN:0875645224) has a good written description of the interior livery sported by these cars when inaugarated in 1955.  Other information can be found in a newer book, "Canadian National Railway" by Tom Murray, (ISBN: 076031764X).
 
Finally, if you'd like to see one of these cars in person, there are several scattered around that I know of off hand.  As I don't know where you're located - here's a few possibilities.
 
Exporail (the Canadian Railway Museum) in Delson/St. Constant, QC has one E-series sleeper in their collection.  It is currently not displayed for public viewing so you would most likely have to arrange something with the museum.  Contact Kevin Robinson for more information and possibilities.
 
Both the Illinois Transit and Ozark Mountain Railcar facilities have E-series sleepers for sale.  (www.iltransit.com) (www.ozarkmountainrailcar.com)  
 
The Canadian Pacific Railway has one E-series sleeper, renamed H.B. Bowen, in their fleet and I last saw it in May 2004 when 2816 came East.  Check the Canadian Trackside Guide 2004 or 2005 when it's published to find it's location (I don't have it handy at the moment).  
 
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad (adirondackrr.com) has one E-series sleeper in their fleet.  It's stored in Rome, NY on the old airforce base.  A point of interest when I saw this car in Sept. 2004 is that they've modified the staggered windows along the roommettes so that all windows are on the same level.  I'm uncertain as to the interior layout of this car.
 
Hope this all helps!

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Re: Discounted Via in Eastern Canada - By NBECMich on 11/12/04 at 14:38:57 - 'Tail_end_of_the_Renaissance_Ocean.jpg' 125 KB
that's and other can of coupler simular to the recular one.
 
If you check this link you see it's possible to attache recular car and renaissance together.
 
LINK URL

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Re: Discounted Via in Eastern Canada - By NBECMich on 11/12/04 at 14:36:50 - 'Cablage_des_voiture_renaissance.jpg' 331 KB
that's is the cable system, but your right on that part there is more cable on renaissance, then hep.

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Re: Discounted Via in Eastern Canada - By NBECMich on 11/12/04 at 14:33:39 - 'LAclage_voiture_renaissance_fin_et_debut_dun_set_de_sept.jpg' 300 KB
That's the regular coupler you find on all other passager equiment take lock on the car where the coupler is attache

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Re: Discounted Via in Eastern Canada - By NBECMich on 11/12/04 at 14:29:39 - 'LAclage_voiture_renaissance_millieux_dun_set_de_sept.jpg' 314 KB
That's the coupler betheen renaissance car. but the part the coupler is attache to the car is the same as the next picture

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Re: Via demonstrators - By downbeat on 10/01/04 at 23:38:56 - '040730-via-6400.jpg' 102 KB
When I visited the MMC in July, the person giving us the tour told us that Via would refurbish the F40s (five at a time) as they've reached the midpoint of their lives.
Attached is a picture of the first five F40s slated for refurbishment.

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Re: VIA FP7s - By downbeat on 09/23/04 at 13:25:53 - '040730-via-630x.jpg' 99 KB
You mean this one? I can't identify the unit number...

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This is definately a rare shot - By ENR3870 on 08/26/04 at 03:44:16 - 'victorishops.jpg' 136 KB
RDC's (FarmRail)6130, (VIA)6133, 6135, and 6148 all seen here in the Victoria yard. This shot has NOT been photoshopped. If only all four were in service, the 6133 is missing several parts and is supposed to be scrapped later this year.

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Re: The last stand for Steam (heat) in Canada - By cpr_trains on 08/25/04 at 21:05:03 - 'VIA_5.jpg' 40 KB
Although they managed to soldier on through the new millenium, an era has come to an end as FP9au 6308 and 6311 sit on the deadline once more, this time awaiting disposal.  Only a few years prior, the same track was full of E-class sleepers, Daynighter coaches and the last remaining Cafe-Lounge cars, now all gone.
 
This composite photo was taken during the winter of 2001.

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Re: The last stand for Steam (heat) in Canada - By cpr_trains on 08/25/04 at 20:40:44 - 'VIA_4.jpg' 127 KB
Excess steam vapour from ex-CN Steam Generator 15484 hangs in the frigid air like a Halifax fog, blocking the view alongside the venerable E-class sleeper Enfield.  The 15484 and her sister in front were brought in as reinforcements for the fleet and to assist the steam-less F40PHs.  However, not a hint of stainless steel or VIA grey can be seen in this almost timeless moment.

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Re: The last stand for Steam (heat) in Canada - By cpr_trains on 08/25/04 at 20:34:51 - 'VIA_2.jpg' 155 KB
Warmer and not as forlorn-looking as her sister outside, VIA FP-9au on the shop tracks inside the Fort Rouge maintenance facility.  Not willing to go gently into that good night, the 6302 will continue the Hudson Bay run for several months and eventually make the trip back east for a HEP upgrade.

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Re: The last stand for Steam (heat) in Canada - By cpr_trains on 08/25/04 at 20:29:52 - 'VIA_1.jpg' 125 KB
VIA's last F-unit, FP9au #6300, her hatches tarped-up and future unknown.  The 6300 is ready for a deadhead run back east to face an uncertain future.  Fortune would once again shine on the old F-unit as the F40-PHs replacing her would prove challenging in the Manitoba cold.  New life would be breathed into her in the form of a HEP generator in place of a steam one, and she would ply the rails North of Winnipeg once more.  Today, she remains in service - the last of many - at the Vancouver terminal of Via Rail.
 
My friend Kyle, my father and I had the good fortune of a tour that winter, and got a guided tour of the yards.  One regret though - only 10 frames of a roll of film were snapped!

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Re: The last stand for Steam (heat) in Canada - By cpr_trains on 08/25/04 at 20:22:57 - 'VIA_3.jpg' 129 KB
Ex-CN Steam Generator 15484 and twin sister stand idle in the Fort Rouge yard while their recently refurbished and electrically heated usurpers lie in wait on an adjacent track - winter 1995.

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VIA leases FarmRail 6130 again - By ENR3870 on 07/24/04 at 16:50:54 - '2004072001314920837.jpg' 75 KB
With the 6148 out of service due to slamming into a loaded gravel truck, and 6133 out of service to due mechanical troubles, VIA has leased RDC1 6130 from FarmRail again. The 6130 needs some electrical work and should be in service soon. Here's a shot of 6130 as they pulled it off the barge last Monday.

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Renaissance conversion delayed/Ocean - By downbeat on 07/24/04 at 12:48:11 - '040714-moncton-01.jpg' 107 KB
The last run of the HEP-1 equipment on the Ocean was to have been July 11 eastbound and July 14 westbound. (I was on board on both trips.)
Alas, Via has decided to delay the conversion until January 2005 because of an unexpected upsurge in ridership. (Read: there aren't enough Renaissance cars in service to pick up the slack.)
What they've done instead is to use a few cars from the third Renaissance Ocean set to augment the size of the existing sets: one coach, one sleeper and one service car have been added to each Renaissance Ocean trainset.
HEP-1 cars leave Montreal on Thursday and Sunday; they leave Halifax on Wednesday and Saturday.
(The attached image shows the big crowd of people boarding the Ocean in Moncton on July 14, 2004. That train had a baggage car, six coaches, a Skyline, dining car, nine sleepers and a Park car.)

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Re: Special cars (private)spotted on Via train - By NBECMich on 07/23/04 at 02:04:15 - 'Georgia_Northern_Sky_and_Renaissance_car.jpg' 377 KB
on Jul 23rd, 2004, 12:25am, downbeat wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for posting the pictures!
 
For information on the railcars in question, see these pages from the American Association of Private Rail Car Owners:
 
Georgia: LINK URL
Northern Sky: LINK URL

 
 Thanks for the info, it's style can of funny to find these car on are train specialy a place like Bathurst, NB on the Ocean 15, mixe with Renaissance car.
 
There my last good locking picture, the rest is to dark.

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Special cars (private)spotted on Via train - By NBECMich on 07/23/04 at 01:49:15 - 'GEORGIA_1.jpg' 379 KB
There the other cars on the train tonight

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Special cars (private)spotted on Via train - By NBECMich on 07/22/04 at 23:34:51 - 'Northern_Sky_charter_1.jpg' 378 KB
Well, got back from the train station in Bathurst tonight the Ocean had two special car attache to the Renaissance set
 
1. Northern Sky Charter
2.GEORGIA
 
Anywone nose, ou own these car

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Re: Labour/Management dispute 2004 - By uacturbo on 07/19/04 at 18:17:06 - 'index.22.jpg' 6 KB
Just wondering if VIA would have enough management staff to run some of its corridor trains. Anyone have an idea?
 
Kevin

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Re: "Spot the Spiderman Train" Contest - By Ken V on 06/05/04 at 22:13:25 - 'Spiderman6413_1.jpg' 127 KB
Here's Spider-Man unit 6413 on VIA train 75 approaching Bayview Jct. this afternoon.

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Re: "Spot the Spiderman Train" Contest - By NBECMich on 05/12/04 at 20:37:28 - 'Locoviaspiderman2_6408_4.jpg' 242 KB
Well am happy;D to have proud my camera tonight at the train station, even if the contest is not officiely on wait the spider-man 2 via engine 6408 was on the Ocean tonight (train 15) .
 
 
There one of my 7 picture I toke.

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Re: Via Hospital Train, 2004-Apr-27 - By NBECMich on 04/29/04 at 20:35:36 - 'Hep_2_car_in_Bathurst.jpg' 337 KB
The extra Cars for the via Hospital train is on the Ocean tonight going back to Montreal
 
3 x f40
slepper,hep 2 coach, hep 1 coach, cafe Baggage and the regular Ocean set: Baggage, 3 x coach, Lounge (Dome cars),Diner, 5 or 6 Slepper and Park (Dome car)a the end.
 
There one picture of the Via hospital in Bathurst going back to Montreal,

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Re: Rebuilt RDC photos - By ENRailway on 04/23/04 at 14:03:16 - '2004021002324630656.jpg' 160 KB
6148 heads south out of Nanaimo on a cloudy February afternoon.

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Re: Rebuilt RDC photos - By ENRailway on 04/23/04 at 14:00:48 - '2003081120432423914.jpg' 115 KB
6148 sits in Courtenay ready for the return trip to Victoria.


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