Trip on The Breeze:
summer of 2004, Canadian American Transit Systems (CATS) introduced service
In the spring of 2005, the ferry
was bought by the Bay Harbour Ferry Company out of
My family and I got up before and we headed off. We drove to
The party went alright; my cousin and some family/friends of my cousin gave speeches and toasts to my cousin and his wife. We had lunch and after a bit of socialization, the party ended. My family and I took my grandma back to her retirement home. After, I changed from my good clothes to a t-shirt and shorts. I then gave my suitcase to my aunt and I was taken to a friend’s place.
My friend who is a few years older
than me at the time owned three GM fishbowl buses. One of the fishbowls is
being kept by friend down in the
After awhile, I walked two blocks
and picked up Niagara Transit route #5 and rode down to the VIA station. By
then, the Maple Leaf from
After the passengers got off the train, it reversed to be wyed. As it backed out, I took one more video and a photo of it.
I then went to the Niagara Transit bus garage is located across the street. I took some photos.
At one point, I thought I saw a fishbowl in the garage, but I knew it couldn’t be right as Niagara Transit had retired their last fishbowl a year earlier. What I saw was really Classic #8937. I took a photo of it anyway.
I then went back to the VIA station and called my aunt. Moments later, VIA train #95 reversed into the station after being wyed in preparation to go out as train 90 the following morning. I filmed the train backing in and I saw my aunt approaching. I waved to her with one hand while I held my camera with the other. Once I was done, my aunt and I went out for dinner. We then stopped at a Blockbuster Video to rent a movie. I chose to rent the movie “The Final Countdown”. After we got back to my aunt’s place, I watched the movie. Eventually, my and I called it a night.
My aunt and I got up around . After we had breakfast, I got ready and
we headed out towards the boarder. We encountered little traffic as we crossed
Sometime after ,
my aunt had to leave so she could get to work. A little while after she left, boarding
commenced. I was seated in Amfleet 1 coach #21194, a mostly unrefurbished
coach, although it did have AC outlets by each seat. We ended up leaving
Shortly after we left, the café car opened. I grabbed an
apple muffin and a can of Pepsi which I took back to my coach seat. Between
We were passed by a westbound CSX freight just before we
made the station stop in
After train 286 left, I went into the station and asked if train 48 had come through yet. I was told it came through 15 minutes before train 286 arrived. I decided to wander around for a little while. Just as I was leaving the Amtrak station a westbound CSX intermodel train passed by.
After wandering around
A little while later, I spotted the Cat approaching and readied myself for when boarding would commence. As the Cat sailed down the narrow waterway towards the dock, I took a video and a photo of it.
About an hour before the scheduled sailing, we were allowed to go through security. I was the first through and I had my suitcase checked while I would travel with my backpack. After clearing security, I sat down in a waiting room until it was time to board. When boarding began, I was the first passenger to get on.
While waiting for the ferry to depart, I took a look around and immediately took in how nice the ferry was. The ferry has two movie theatres, a bistro, snack bar, play area for kids, an arcade, and a few lounges. There was a floor upstairs for business class travelers who got to go up a “grand staircase” as well.
This is the “Grand Staircase” on the Cat.
Shortly after the ferry departed, they showed a video explaining the safety features of the boat and what to do in an emergency. Shortly after, they began to play the movies “Shark Tale” and “Hitch” in the ship’s two movie theatres. I wasn’t interested in either movie, so I decided to look around. Eventually, I settled grabbed a quick snack in one of the lounges and settled down to watch TV from one of the many TV monitors on board. At one point, the ferry hit two swells, but other than that, the majority of the voyage was smooth sailing.
After I got my suitcase, I went through customs. I had no problems getting through. Upon leaving the terminal, I took one last photo of the Cat before I got on a bus that would take me to the subway so I could return home.
this was a pleasant, short trip. I was impressed by the Cat. My trip on train
286 was also relaxing. Unfortunately, in early 2006, the city of