in mid August, my friend Jason and I was over at my friend Mark’s house when
Mark suggested the option of going to
heading off, I spoke to my aunt who works for the Maid of the Mist, and
arranged to get Mark, Jason, and I free tickets. We were now set. In addition,
this would be the first time I went to
I got to
Union station at , 28 minutes
before train 97 was to depart. I met Mark and Jason at the
We soon lined up for train 97 and shortly after that, boarding commenced. When we got to track level, I took a photo of the rear of the train and VIA’s transcontinental Canadian which was scheduled to depart 30 minutes after train 97.
seated in Amfleet 2 coach #25010, a refurbished coach with a white and blue
interior, digital display boards, and AC outlets by each seat. The train left
on time. As the train passed VIA’s
Amtrak P42DC #188 was in charge of the train today. We
We then decided to wait for the train to leave to film it pulling out. After the longest time, the Maple Leaf finally departed and each of us filmed it. I also took one more photo of the rear of the train.
After the train left, we caught one of Niagara Transit’s Orion 7 buses running on route 5 to Clifton Hill, which is were we would spend the day. Shortly after we got off, we saw Niagara Transit’s oldest bus: Classic #8372, a 1983 vintage Classic that was bought second hand from an American transit property. I took some photos and hoped to ride that bus later.
Mark, Jason, and I then headed to the bottom of Clifton Hill, and headed to the Maid of the Mist boat tours. My aunt had told me that we should come down the employee driveway. When we got to the gate, my aunt buzzed us in and we headed down to the office.
My aunt met us in the office where we dropped our stuff that we didn’t want to take on the boat. We then got raincoats and waited at the dock for the next boat. When the boat came, I noticed it was the newest boat in the fleet; “Maid of the Mist VII”. The previous times I had been on the Maid of the Mist, I had always been on the “Maid of the Mist VI”, the second newest boat. As the people disembarked from the boat, I unfortunately saw someone suffering from sea sickness which wasn’t all that pleasant.
Mark, Jason and I got on the boat and soon we were off. The
boat sailed past the
We then headed back to the office to retrieve our stuff. Mark kept his souvenir raincoat while Jason and I didn’t. My aunt gave us coupons for various attractions in the area. We then left and headed over to a nearby Wendy’s for lunch. After lunch, we went on the Sky Wheel that had opened earlier this year.
After riding the Sky Wheel, we went through a maze that was across the street. After the maze, we visited a haunted house. We then visited the Guinness Book of World Records museum.
At one point, I wanted to go on the Pile Driver thrill ride, but I found it was closed for maintenance.
After that, we visited
After, we headed over to the Hershey’s store. I called Julie to find out the status of Amtrak train #63 which would become VIA train 98 and found it was going to be late. We then waited to catch the Falls Shuttle back to the train station. I was hoping we’d get on Classic #8372, but we ended up getting on an Orion 5 instead.
When we got to the VIA station, we saw VIA train 94 which would depart after train 98. It had an F40PH-2, a Hep1 coach, a Hep2 coach, and lounge car Glenfraser which was still shrinkwrapped for the Fallsview Casino. We took some photos of the train.
I headed to a nearby TD Canada Trust to get some money out of the ATM. I then waited, hoping to see Classic #8372 again, but it never showed and I eventually gave up and returned to the VIA station across the street. We kept waiting for train 63 to arrive. Finally, train 63 arrived running 69 minutes late. I filmed the train arriving and took some photos.
Once the train arrived, we still couldn’t board until the customs inspection was complete. After a long time, they finished the inspection and we were allowed to board. Just before I boarded, I caught a glimpse of Niagara Transit Classic #8372 again, but was unable to photograph it.
Mark, Jason, and I were seated in a semi-refurbished Amfleet 2 coach. This coach had blue seats, but it had the old reader boards, no AC outlets, red curtains, and beige walls. We departed running 1 hour and 25 minutes late. As we passed train 94, I filmed it. Once my ticket had been taken, I went to the café car for dinner. After I purchased my dinner, I took it back to my seat. On the way, I saw that there was a big line for the café car that the line actually extended to the coach behind the café car!
After I finished my dinner, I took a couple photos of the
interior of my coach. Outside of St. Catherines, we stopped. VIA train 95
passed us, but I was unable to film the train. Not much happened as we stopped
After, we headed to the subway. Once we got to Finch, Mark drove us home.
This was a pleasant day trip. I wish that we could have had a bit more time for sightseeing and I would have liked to have ridden Niagara Transit Classic #8372 as well as the Pile Driver ride. Oh well, until next time…