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Remarks: After leaving Toronto's Union Station VIA #1 makes it's reversing move from the CN Newmarket Sub to the CN York Sub. Via 6435, 6444 and 6407 lead 20 coaches on a 3 day cross Canada journey to Vancouver B.C. This daytime scene will soon be lost as Via Rail is changing the departure time to late evening to accommodate better connections for it's passengers.
This move is made so VIA does not have to wye the whole train at their Toronto Maintenance Centre. The eastbound train (VIA#2) goes south on the Bala sub into Union station, then onto the yard for cleanup and prep for the next day's train. The new train, now VIA#1 is backed into Union station for loading. Departing northwest on the Newmarket sub, using the new flyover, then it is backed onto the York sub, then it makes it's way eastward on the York sub before going northward on the Bala sub. VIA#1 leaves Toronto three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Posted by tj.shelton on March 6, 2010
I have heard that during the winter and spring Via Rail#1 takes the Don Valley route.
Posted by on July 23, 2011
Excellent! Classic Budd cars still elegant after decades of service. Amtrak could certainly learn some things from our Canadian neighbors.
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