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VIA Rail
#1
I was looking for a VIA Rail thread and couldn't find one (which tells you something!).  In any event, an interesting piece in The Record about testing of refurbished, self-propelled railcars from the 1950s for use on a possible third daily run between Kitchener and Toronto.  I seem to recall riding this kind of railcar to get to Toronto years ago.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6377...w-service/
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#2
They're called RDC's or Budd Cars and yeah it's great to see them get some use again! Rapido trains even rescued one, you can follow along with their story on their blog.

http://rapidotrains.com/saving-6133-update/
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#3
Another term is DMU, or Diesel Multiple Unit - self-propelled passenger cars that do not have a separate engine car. Trains like these are also in use in Ontario on the Union-Pearson Express, and on the original O-Train line in Ottawa.
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#4
DMU is a new term - these oldies are RDC's Wink
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#5
It would be nice to have that third train back. I'm a Londoner originally, and often have friends or family visit me here on Via, or vice versa, and there's a lot less flexibility when the only choices are 7:15 am or 7:15pm. I admit that the service, at least on the weekends, is not usually full- there's no need for five cars.

Always sad to read that Via has to "submit requests" for extra frequency on the busiest passenger rail corridor in the country.
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#6
(03-05-2016, 03:02 PM)MidTowner Wrote: It would be nice to have that third train back.

I'm presently in Europe hoping from city to city, with each leg 2-4hrs long. For all of my six train trips so far there were several trains per hour that I could choose from, and usually an express train every hour or so.
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(03-05-2016, 03:38 PM)BuildingScout Wrote:
(03-05-2016, 03:02 PM)MidTowner Wrote: It would be nice to have that third train back.

I'm presently in Europe hoping from city to city, with each leg 2-4hrs long. For all of my six train trips so far there were several trains per hour that I could choose from, and usually an express train every hour or so.

Yes, our train service certainly doesn't compare with most of Europe's. Two European metros of half a million people 150 kilometres apart (London and KW) would have more than twenty departures a day and respectable speeds.

But, on the topic of Via rail, for those of us who travel between Kitchener and London, it would be nice to have that third train back.
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#8
Wait a second...

Quote:Andrews could not say when the new service will launch or provide a timetable. Via said last year that its new train would depart Kitchener for Toronto in the morning and leave Toronto for Kitchener in late afternoon. That's roughly in line with weekday GO trains that are also expanding this year.

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That doesn't expand the range of travel times at all. Particularly since GO is expanding already.
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#9
VIA does a brilliant job of representing rail travel in this country, in that it's shit!
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#10
But imagine what rail travel in Canada would be like without it. It's not the greatest, but it's better than nothing.

The fact that RDCs could be reintroduced is both sad and impressive. Sad in that we're using railcars first built in the 1950s, but impressive in that the carbodies are still functional sixty years (and I believe two rebuilds) later. I'd love to see something similar to the VLocity railcars that operate out of Melbourne - or an electrified equivalent - but until then I'll take the oldies.
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