Thread: Amtrak - Maple Leaf Route
November 22nd, 2006, 10:19 PM #1
Amtrak - Maple Leaf Route
Would any one be able to inform me if Amtrak operate equipment from Buffalo N.Y to Toronto, or is it CN. If they do operate equipment what equipment would typically be used.Cheers Owen - "Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference"
November 25th, 2006, 01:36 PM #2
Owen, Amtrak operates #63/64 (Maple leaf) between Washington and Toronto, via New York City and Buffalo. You can see the schedule by clicking on "Maple Leaf" about halfway down the timetable list....
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...2922206&ssid=3Hank....I may have to Grow Old, but I Never have to Grow UP!!!
November 28th, 2006, 02:27 AM #3
I guess I should rephrase the question. I know the service operates between Washington and Toronto. I understand that CN crews operate the equipment between the USA/Canada border and Toronto. What I was trying to figure out is it Amtrak equipment that the CN crews operate or do all the passengers switch to a VIA equipmentCheers Owen - "Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference"
November 28th, 2006, 03:28 AM #4
Owen, The timetable makes no mention of an equipment change for passengers at either Niagara Falls, NY or Niagara Falls, ON. There is a scheduled delay for Customs & Immigration at NF, ON northbound and NF, NY southbound. However, I doubt if an equipment change would be made at those locations because the passengers would have to move across the platform between trains. Access to the platform would allow "illegals" to run from the Feds and into one or the other country.
On this same topic, when CP was running a train through northern Maine between Montreal and Halifax, US Border Patrol agents would board the train as it entered the US from Canada. The agents then would lock all doors and stand in each vestibule with weapons drawn. At the opposite border, the agents would unlock the doors and depart. My point is that with this level of paranoia within the US Border Patrol, I doubt if Maple Leaf passengers would be allowed off the train in either NF, NY or NF, ON.
BTW, when I was in Montreal in 1995, my hotel room was directly above the south entrance to Gare Central. I remember seeing at least one Amtrak train entering the station, so as of eleven years ago, Amtrak equipment was running the distance.Hank....I may have to Grow Old, but I Never have to Grow UP!!!
November 28th, 2006, 04:05 AM #5
Thanks Hank, okay that makes sense, Amtrak right into Toronto's Union Station.Cheers Owen - "Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference"
November 28th, 2006, 05:43 AM #6
I have to ask my dad. He runs from SYR. to NF.
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November 28th, 2006, 02:10 PM #7Hank....I may have to Grow Old, but I Never have to Grow UP!!!
November 30th, 2006, 03:04 AM #8
November 30th, 2006, 02:58 PM #9
Thanks Krasny, it makes sense that Amtrak equipment would run the distance, rather than being parked at the border waiting for VIA's return trip from Toronto.Hank....I may have to Grow Old, but I Never have to Grow UP!!!
November 30th, 2006, 03:03 PM #10
Thanks for helping out with that. I wanted to incorporate Amtrak into my modeling plans and with Amtrak equipment coming into Union Station that makes this plausible. I will need to head down to union station to see what the train is made up of.Cheers Owen - "Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference"
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