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The short lived (on GEXR) LLPX 2263 (Blue) and 2236 (still on the property in 2017) wait for a crew to board for 580 while the Chicago bound "International" arrives to board passengers at Kitchener on a cool and foggy spring morning. I only had my Digital SLR a month before the Amtrak trains stopped but I made sure to photograph as many as I could. I followed the train to work from Guelph to Waterloo every day so it was easy - as long as you only planned to shoot it once.
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Caption: The short lived (on GEXR) LLPX 2263 (Blue) and 2236 (still on the property in 2017) wait for a crew to board for 580 while the Chicago bound "International" arrives to board passengers at Kitchener on a cool and foggy spring morning. I only had my Digital SLR a month before the Amtrak trains stopped but I made sure to photograph as many as I could. I followed the train to work from Guelph to Waterloo every day so it was easy - as long as you only planned to shoot it once.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [719] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/13/2004 (search)
Railway: Amtrak (search)
Reporting Marks: AMTK 28, LLPX 2263, LLPX 2236 (search)
Train Symbol: VIA 85 "The International" (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Kitchener (search)
City/Town: Kitchener (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Hey Stephen, yes and no. When I hired on at CN in 1981 passenger trains were still operated by CN crews and I worked in the corridor as a brakeman, assistant conductor and eventually conductor on the VIA trains. I think it was 1988 that VIA Rail decided to have their own crews and split from CN operating their trains. So at that time CN employees had to decide to go with VIA or stick with CN. Most of the “old timers” stayed with VIA. Actually technically I considered a VIA employee when I went for training as a locomotive engineer in 1987. Once I qualified as an engineman in March of 1988 i was sent back to work for VIA until the separation date where i went back to CN. LOL, a bit complicated but I would not chage a thing. I just wish I had recorded on film all the first generation cab units and RS18 and LRC trains back then.

  2. Back when you first worked for VIA? Didn’t know you had a previous stint there :)

    It is a shame, Sarnia’s actually a bit screwed right now, there is no public bus service to Sarnia, VIA is all they have and two trains are replaced with “RobertQ” bus connections, only serviced upon demand. Eastbound train out of Sarnia at 0610 and westbound arrives around 10 PM.

    There was twice the ridership and thensome out of Sarnia and now it’s cut waaay back. Even after the International was axed lots of Michigan license plates were found in the Sarnia parking lot – not any more..

  3. Very sad that Amtrak and VIA could not get their act together over the funding of this train. I used to work the train to Pt.Huron and change off with the Amtrak crews and then bring the Toronto bound train home.

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