Montreal 2009/Westjet trip:
††††††††††† When I was
going to SAIT, I flew home for Thanksgiving and Christmas on Westjet Airlines.
Westjet started out as a budget airline flying within
††††††††††† After I
became disgusted with SAIT, I decided that I would fly with Westjet once more
just to say I didnít need SAIT to fly Westjet Airlines. Eventually, I formed a
plan to take VIA to
††††††††††† After my
††††††††††† My mom gave me a ride to Langstaff GO station shortly after . I decided to take the GO train down in case there was a large lineup for train 56 as many people took advantage of VIAís sale. My GO train arrived shortly after and I photographed it as it arrived.
††††††††††† I boarded the train and we were soon off. We arrived into Union Station on time 35 minutes later. I took some photos after I got off. Unlike my Parry Sound trip, no GO Transit employees gave me problems. I think this may have to do with Bombardier taking over GO operations last year. However, this time, I took a later train than the one I took on my Parry Sound trip in 2008.
††††††††††† I went
downstairs and bought a Pepsi from the
††††††††††† I was seated in LRC coach #3320; the last car on the train. I noticed that there were several empty seats. During my ride, I would not gain a seatmate despite the massive VIA sale.
††††††††††† The train
left on time. When the train passed TTCís
††††††††††† The train stopped in Cobourg and
††††††††††† The train stopped in
††††††††††† The train
††††††††††† Train 56 soon departed. A little while later, we arrived into Montreal Central station on time. When I got off, I took some photos.
††††††††††† I went
upstairs and I ended up hanging around Central station for a few minutes before
I bought an STM day pass and headed to my hotel. Just like on my 2008
††††††††††† I rode the
††††††††††† I soon
arrived at the
††††††††††† A little while later, I headed out. I saw a 1992 vintage Classic but I was unable to photograph it. I boarded a Nova LFS and rode to Place des Arts Metro station and rode to Angrignon to once again look for STM Classic #60-013.
††††††††††† 60-013 has the distinction of not being the last 1990 Classic in service; but it had been retired on three occasions and brought back into service. When I got to Angrignon, I photographed a Classic, but 60-013 didnít show up.
††††††††††† I then got on a bus and rode to the next major intersection which is by a mall, and photographed a suburban Orion 5 in the parking lot before I bought a bottle of Pepsi from a gas station.
††††††††††† I then headed back to Angrignon. I asked a supervisor if he knew where 60-013 was. He said it wasnít coming to a route that serves the station, so I got on the Metro and headed to Vendome. When I got there, I waited around for a little while to see if 60-013 would show, but it didnít. I filmed an AMT train arrive with a couple leased New Jersey Transit coaches in the consist. After awhile, I headed to Central station again.
††††††††††† When I got there, the Ocean was about to depart. I went outside to see it leave. I saw it was being led by one of VIAís rebuilt F40PH-2s; but I couldnít tell which one. At the time, F40s 6402, 6452, 6457, and recently 6454 were rebuilt. I also saw a Park car on the rear of the Ocean as Easterly (Tourist) Class was still being offered.
Hereís the unidentified Park Car.
††††††††††† I then went
back inside and bought a ticket to
††††††††††† I then headed to the street and ran to board an STM Classic. It was a 15-000 series. I rode it to Cote-Vertu and had dinner at the nearby Taco Bell.
dinner, I rode the Orange Line to
††††††††††† When I got back to my hotel, I watched TV for a little while before I called it a night.
††††††††††† I got up shortly after and got dressed. I then had breakfast. I then caught a route 535 to Place Des Arts and transferred to the green line. I rode to Lionel-Groulx where I transferred to the orange line. I then rode to Central Station. I got there just before train 61 was to start boarding and saw a huge line. I wondered if the Ocean and Chaleur were late and passengers were bumped to 61 like what happened to me on my Chaleur trip.
††††††††††† I bought a
day pass and then rode the orange line to
††††††††††† I then asked a supervisor if he knew where 60-013 was. He told me it wasnít due out today. I was disappointed thinking this was another washout because I didnít find 60-013 in March. I then got back on the Metro.
††††††††††† I rode the subway to Plamondon and as the train arrived, I filmed something I found interesting; the doors open before the train completely stops. I then filmed my train leaving. I left the station intending to catch a bus, but then I saw an ad for a Titanic exhibit. I decided right then and there to check it out.
††††††††††† First I had
to get there. I didnít know how to get there. I asked two STM fare collectors
at Plamondon, but they didnít know. I then rode the Metro back to Bonadventure
and asked the fare collector there, but they didnít know either! I then looked
††††††††††† I was about to take a taxi, though the driver didnít seem to have a clue also where to go when a woman told me where to go and that I could walk there.
††††††††††† I walked to
the Titanic artifact exhibition which is located in an underground mall called
the Eaton Centre through a series of underground pathways like the PATH system
††††††††††† When I got there, I had to go up five floors and I paid to get an audio tour. On the back of my ticket was the name of someone on the Titanic. At the end of the exhibit, I would be able to tell if the person lived or died. When I went in, I found out I wasnít allowed to take pictures.
Since I couldnít take pictures of the exhibit, hereís the ad for it and my ticket.
††††††††††† I explored the exhibit. There was one part where you could touch an iceberg. At the end of the exhibit, I found out the person I had; Frank John Goldsmith was among the 1523 killed in the sinking.
††††††††††† I then went into the gift shop and bought a souvenir photo. I left the exhibit and walked to the Peel Metro station. I then rode back to Bonadventure and went out to look for an RTL 1990 Classic. A few minutes later, RTL Classic 9-046 pulled up on route 46. I photographed it before I got on.
††††††††††† I had bought an RTL six-ride card, but today was clean air day, so rides on RTL were free! I decided to save the card.
††††††††††† I rode 9-046 past Terminal Panama before I got off and filmed the bus pulling away. I was a little concerned because last summer, RTL ďrent-a-thugsĒ harassed fans to the point of threatening them. One of the fans was CPTDB user SMS who I met on my Chaleur trip for taking photos even though they were on public property. They complained and RTL apologized. This happened around the time I first started having problems with YRT drivers giving me trouble about photographing on public property.
††††††††††† Although this had been settled, another RTL driver harassed a bus fan who photographed his bus from public property and held up passengers for 25 minutes and called the cops. Four cop cars showed up, (talk about overkill) and the cops let the fan go no questions asked after cautioning the fan about photographing buses not knowing the driver was a wacko. However, the situation has been resolved. However, I kept my guard up.
††††††††††† After awhile, I caught a Nova LFS back to Terminal Panama. A few minutes later, RTL Classic #9-031 pulled up. I got on and went for a ride. I rode a few blocks further than when I rode 9-046. I filmed the bus pulling away.
††††††††††† I then headed back to Terminal Panama. I photographed Classic 9-006 on 46.
††††††††††† I then
caught a Van Hool artic back to downtown
††††††††††† While I was there, I thought about how Amtrak used to have an overnight train called the Montrealler which the Vermonter took over and then lost the Canadian portion. I then had dinner in the cafeteria in the terminal.
††††††††††† After, I
decided to ride STMís yellow line. When I got to the platform, I noticed they
were running the older cars which usually run on the green line on the yellow
line as well.† I rode to Longueuil -
Universite-de-Sherbrooke and went to the bus terminal. The bus terminal is
expansive and almost feels like an airport terminal rather than a suburban bus
terminal! This was the first time since my trip on VIAís
††††††††††† I boarded an RTL Nova LFS and rode to Terminal Panama. I then boarded a Van Hool artic on route 45 and rode to Bonadventure Metro where I caught an orange line train to Mont-Royal station and boarded STM first generation Nova LFS #17-174 on route 97 back to my hotel. I photographed the bus after it looped.
††††††††††† I went back to my hotel room and watched TV for awhile. I then walked over to the gas station a couple blocks away and picked up some cereal and milk for breakfast the next morning. I then asked for a wake-up call at and called it a night.
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