In the fall
of 2004, my sister attended her first year at
I got down
to Union station at , 30
minutes before my train, VIA train #42 was to depart. Soon, it was time to
board. I was seated in an economy class LRC coach. I took a window seat on the
left side of the train. I noticed a few tracks over was the
passed by the
The train continued on, stopping
Kingston, the train stopped because a CN freight train had gone into emergency
ahead. We sat there waiting for the freight train to be fixed. VIA train 57
passed. Finally, we were on our way. Trains 56 and 42 were separated. After
entered the station, I asked if there were any lockers. I found out there
weren’t any. I had to carry my backpack with me. I headed out to OC Transpo’s
transitway which is a roadway intended for only buses. I saw a few GM fishbowl
buses going the opposite direction than I was going. I got on a New Flyer D40
and rode to the Transit Centre where I transferred to another bus where I rode
After I rode the bus a fair distance, I got off and rode another bus back to the transitway. I got on a bus that I rode to the O-train, which is similar to a light rail line, except the cars are diesel powered and they run on a lightly used CP branch line.
After I got off at the other end of the line, I took a photo of the car, then went back to the transitway and got on another OC Transpo fishbowl. After a long ride, I got off and took another bus to the O-train which I rode once again. After, I headed downtown.
Eventually, I returned to the
I woke up sometime after . I had breakfast at the hotel before I grabbed my backpack and headed out transit riding again. I knew I wouldn’t see any fishbowls. My first stop was another ride on the O-train.
After riding the O-train, I headed
to a Wal-Mart where I had lunch at the McDonalds inside the store. After, I headed
over to the
After I left the
Finally, train 39 arrived. I was again disappointed to see that the train had LRC coaches. I boarded LRC coach #3332 and we were soon underway.
I was seated near a mother and her two young children. I watched them assemble a cardboard VIA train model. I gave them a few pointers and soon, I was having a conversation with them. One of the kids was a girl named Ruby. She pointed out how I was shouting into my cell phone because I was going out of range. At one point, the kids were crawling into a space intended for luggage, treating it like a fort. The conductor noticed it, but didn’t object.
We passed Casselman without
stopping. 20 minutes outside of
Less than two minutes later, she asked if I was sure if I didn’t have a wordsearch book on me. I told her I was sure. Ruby’s mom said that they should have brought a wordsearch book with them.
Meantime, Ruby was still asking me if I was sure if I didn’t have a wordsearch book on me. She was even looking in my backpack for one. Even though she didn’t find one, she still kept asking me if I was sure I didn’t have one. At one point, Ruby said, “Are you sure you don’t have a wordsearch book, because my friend said that she didn’t have one when she really did.”
By now, I was fed up with her constant questioning, and I finally snapped, “Well I’m not your friend!”
Maybe in hindsight, I could have worded it differently, but still, while I’m typically good with kids, even I have a limit.
Eventually, the van was moved, allowing us to go. Ruby and I were soon at peace. They gave me part of the cardboard VIA train because they didn’t want that part of the train.
I got up and walked to a nearby restaurant because I didn’t want to have breakfast at the same restaurant. I had some toast.
After breakfast, I looked around the mall. I stopped at the HMV to look at videos. They happened to be playing the movie “The Day after Tomorrow” which had been released to video and DVD a couple weeks before.
Once I had
left the mall, I headed for the O-train once again. This time, I got off at the
Carleton station to photograph the train going over the
After I photographed the O-train, I got back on board and rode to the southern most station where I rode a bus on the Transitway to the airport. Once I got to the airport, I explored the terminal and grabbed a donut and a can of Coke from a Tim Horton’s in the terminal.
After I left the airport, I slowly made my way back to Billing’s Bridge mall. When I got off the bus, I took a couple more photos before I headed inside.
My sister’s ball team was playing at a field nearby. The tournament was almost over. I explored the mall. Just before the end, I bought some things from the Zeller’s in the mall.
Once the game
was over, my sister’s team got onto a chartered coach bus for the trip back to
“Great…” I thought.
After we left the rest stop, the trip home was mostly uneventful. We arrived home around .
This trip was interesting. I wish that I was able to get on VIA’s Renaissance coaches on either VIA train 38 or 39. Meeting Ruby who constantly asked if I had a wordsearch book was somewhat a mixed blessing. Until next time…