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It's 06:34 and VIA #1 has arrived in Jasper, AB for its schedule station stop. Here the train will get a head-end crew change, fuel, water top-up, garbage unloading, other regular servicing, and dome car window cleaning. Well, selective dome car window cleaning that is. The Prestige Park car had its upper-level windows cleaned, but not the other three Skyline cars. ????
Looking west along the station platform we see VIA's new policy of buffer cars on mid-50's Budd built car consists in action.  VIA 8314 Cameron Manor sleeping car has been tacked on behind VIA 88709 Laurentide Park completely blocking any direct views out of the lower-level bullet lounge windows. Looking at the roof of this trailing car from the upper-level dome windows of the Prestige Park car really diminished the rearward view as well.
I don't have a good feeling about this Band-Aid solution as it relates to the future of VIA's long-distance overnight trains. Hopefully it does not spell the beginning of the end for this very enjoyable and iconic train.
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Caption: It's 06:34 and VIA #1 has arrived in Jasper, AB for its schedule station stop. Here the train will get a head-end crew change, fuel, water top-up, garbage unloading, other regular servicing, and dome car window cleaning. Well, selective dome car window cleaning that is. The Prestige Park car had its upper-level windows cleaned, but not the other three Skyline cars. ???? Looking west along the station platform we see VIA's new policy of buffer cars on mid-50's Budd built car consists in action. VIA 8314 Cameron Manor sleeping car has been tacked on behind VIA 88709 Laurentide Park completely blocking any direct views out of the lower-level bullet lounge windows. Looking at the roof of this trailing car from the upper-level dome windows of the Prestige Park car really diminished the rearward view as well. I don't have a good feeling about this Band-Aid solution as it relates to the future of VIA's long-distance overnight trains. Hopefully it does not spell the beginning of the end for this very enjoyable and iconic train.

Photographer:
Paul O'Shell [406] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/22/2022 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA 8314 Cameron Manor (search)
Train Symbol: VIA #1 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Jasper/Edson Sub. Mile 235.7 (search)
City/Town: Jasper (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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2 Comments
  1. It so fits with everything else that is going on. Little is making sense these days. Band-aid solutions are going to become a common practice. An eyesore is an eyesore, put an old gon or flat car out the back, people can see out then. :-)

  2. Let’s hope Paul that common sense prevails and VIA places an order for the new long-distance cars that Amtrak is putting into place on its transcontinentals.

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