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Today I took a short hop on the first VIA (15) "The Ocean" since the pandemic led to VIA suspending service.

The train was 12 minutes down when it slowed to a stop at Springhill Junction at 15:55 to pick up one passenger (me.) The coach I was in (line# 1503 - HEP 1) seemed to be about 1/3 full. We arrived in Amherst (shown here) at 16:16. About 6 people got off and about 6 joined the train.
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Caption: Today I took a short hop on the first VIA (15) "The Ocean" since the pandemic led to VIA suspending service.The train was 12 minutes down when it slowed to a stop at Springhill Junction at 15:55 to pick up one passenger (me.) The coach I was in (line# 1503 - HEP 1) seemed to be about 1/3 full. We arrived in Amherst (shown here) at 16:16. About 6 people got off and about 6 joined the train.

Photographer:
John Reay [103] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/11/2021 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA 6411 (search)
Train Symbol: 15 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Amherst (search)
City/Town: Amherst (search)
Province: Nova Scotia (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Very nice picture John, good to see the Ocean back in operation, even if it is only a weekly operation. I am assuming the sleeping car behind the baggage car is for the crew, and sleeping car patrons are back in the Renaissance cars. Was the first Renaissance car behind the 2nd Budd built coach a transition Renaissance baggage car ? Interesting to see the two F40’s operating back-to-back, so they don’t have to be turned around in Halifax. Will be interesting to see the make up of the first eb train’s consist. Thanks for posting, John F

  2. @railwayguy: Yes that was a transition car.

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