Amtrak 40th Anniversary Trip:
††††††††††† In 2011,
Amtrak turned 40 years old. To mark the occasion, they repainted four P42s in
heritage Amtrak liveries. In addition, they made a train consisting of a P40,
an F40, a former Heritage crew dorm, three baggage cars, and an Amfleet 1 food
service car. The F40 was actually in the consist of the eastbound Lakeshore
Limited I rode on my 2011
††††††††††† I still
wanted to visit the exhibit train. I checked the schedule online and saw the
best time and place to see it was in
because the freight railroad was doing track work around the time, Amtrak would
be busing passengers north of
††††††††††† I left home shortly after . My mom gave me a ride to the Langstaff GO station. I was catching the last southbound train of the morning. I bought a ticket at the automated machine. The train arrived 15 minutes later. When it arrived, I photographed it.
††††††††††† I boarded the cab car and rode to Union Station. I got off and took some pictures without incident.
††††††††††† I then went to line up for VIA train 56. I saw on the departure screen in Union Station that train 56 was completely sold out in Economy Class. Boarding began at . I heard there were two VIA 1 cars in the train. I was seated in LRC Economy coach #3332, the last car on train 56. I was able to get the last window seat on the left hand side of the train. As expected, I gained a seatmate right away. The train left on time. Just like last time, the train was running as a J-train with train 54. I saw there was no VIA Destinations magazine in the seat pocket ahead of me, but there was one under the seat in front which I grabbed and put in the seat pocket ahead of me.
††††††††††† As the
train passed the TTC's
††††††††††† We were soon running parallel to the CP main. I saw a CP stack train led by a single GEVO. VIA train 53 passed, but I was unable to film it. A few minutes later, I saw a CP freight led by a CEFX AC4400 and an SD40 from a leasing company. The train stopped in Cobourg.
††††††††††† East of Cobourg, I photographed the unit on train 54.
††††††††††† I saw that
CN was installing a third track to the line to increase capacity. A couple
westbound CN freight trains passed. As we passed the Memory Junction railway
museum, I filmed it. The train raced through Trenton Junction. The train passed
††††††††††† I logged into VIA's Wi-Fi service and went on Facebook where I learned that Canada's Wonderland is building a roller coaster that is going to be even bigger than Behemoth!
††††††††††† The train
††††††††††† After the
trains were split and the HEP was restored to train 56, we departed. I filmed
train 54 as it grew further and further. We then stopped at
††††††††††† I read an
article about a tourist train being launched in September running from
††††††††††† We passed a
westbound CN freight. We crossed into
††††††††††† Train 56 arrived 13 minutes late. I got off and took some photos.
††††††††††† I saw VIA train 24 a few tracks over. I saw that it had a refurbished LRC coach in the consist. I photographed it.
††††††††††† I then
headed upstairs and phoned home. I then walked over to the Metro and bought a
day pass. I was not staying at the
I then boarded STM Classic #14-063 and rode a couple stops and got off and photographed the bus.
††††††††††† I filmed it pulling away. I went to where I was staying which was Les Studios Hotel. I checked in which took longer than it had to because of the clerks constantly answering the phone. After I checked in, I had a little difficulty finding my room on the 14th floor, but finally found it. My room was a college dorm with a single bed and a shared bathroom down the hall. I got there and worked on this report some more.
††††††††††† A few minutes later, I decided to go out. Less than a week earlier, I had heard that some of STL's MCI Classics had been seen in service, so I walked over to the Edouard-Monpetit Metro station and rode to Jean-Talon and transferred to an orange line to Montmorency. The first northbound train was being short turned at Henri-Bourassa. For some reason, EVERY TIME I try to head to Montmorency from Jean-Talon, the first Orange Line train that arrives is short turning!
††††††††††† I waited for the next train and rode to Montmorency. I went outside and saw several Nova LFS buses. I didn't see any Classics though. However, I believe I saw the security guard who gave me trouble when I came to Montmorency during the 2010 TTS Transportation Weekend. I walked out to the street and photographed some buses without incident.
††††††††††† No Classics showed up for awhile and I contemplated going to Cartier station to see if I would stand a better chance there, but then I saw a STL Classic in the distance. It turned out to be #6510, one of the Nova Classics. I photographed it.
††††††††††† I waited for 6510 to depart Montmorency and then photographed it and filmed it pulling away.
††††††††††† No more Classics showed up, so I got on the Metro and rode to Cartier. I saw STL 6502 and photographed it.
††††††††††† Again, no more
Classics showed up. I decided to try to see if I could catch an RTL 9-000
series Classic so I got on the Metro and rode to Bonaventure. By the time I got
there, all the route 55 buses were gone and there was one route 47 departing at
. I got in line in case it
was a 9-000 series Classic, but it turned out to be a Nova LFS so I left the
line and went into Central Station briefly before I caught an
††††††††††† I looked around the area before I had dinner at a place that looked like a giant orange. I photographed it before I had dinner.
††††††††††† I then
stopped at a gas station and bought some candy and a fruit punch before I
walked back to
††††††††††† I rode the train to LaSalle. I was hoping I could ride a bus by CAD which is where VIA's F40PH-2s are being rebuilt. At LaSalle, I photographed an old STCUM bus stop sign
I thought bus route 108 would take my by CAD, but it wasn't the case. I rode the 108 back to Lionel Groulx and got on the Green line. I rode to Beaudry. This time the train was the older cars. I filmed the train pulling out before I caught a train back to Barri-Uqam. I photographed the train when it arrived.
††††††††††† I rode to Barri-Uqam and photographed the train leaving.
waiting for my train, I photographed an orange line train going the other way
because it had the cars that were wrapped for 150 years of service in
I then caught an
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