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For most of the year, Via 98/Amtrak 63 waits at Niagara Falls without any company while customs is going on. Sometimes during the summer, the weekend evening GO excursion train will occupy the same track, just meters away from it. However, today is a little different. A Via Rail consist is parked on the adjacent track, bringing back memories from the not so distant past, when Via 90, 92 and 95 ran. At night, the consists would sit in very much the same spot Via 6409 is occupying. These trains were mothballed in late 2012 due to budget cuts, meaning Via Rail consists would no longer come to Niagara. Niagara Falls is still a tourist spot though, and a few specials have ran since then. This is no exception. While 98 was actually on time tonight, 90, the train number the true Via would take on left almost three hours late. I'm guessing the casino goers partied a little too hard, delaying it's departure. Via 6409 has an LRC club car along with the Glen Fraser.
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Caption: For most of the year, Via 98/Amtrak 63 waits at Niagara Falls without any company while customs is going on. Sometimes during the summer, the weekend evening GO excursion train will occupy the same track, just meters away from it. However, today is a little different. A Via Rail consist is parked on the adjacent track, bringing back memories from the not so distant past, when Via 90, 92 and 95 ran. At night, the consists would sit in very much the same spot Via 6409 is occupying. These trains were mothballed in late 2012 due to budget cuts, meaning Via Rail consists would no longer come to Niagara. Niagara Falls is still a tourist spot though, and a few specials have ran since then. This is no exception. While 98 was actually on time tonight, 90, the train number the true Via would take on left almost three hours late. I'm guessing the casino goers partied a little too hard, delaying it's departure. Via 6409 has an LRC club car along with the Glen Fraser.

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Daniel Odette [147] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/22/2015 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: AMTK 76 (search)
Train Symbol: CN P09831 22 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 0.6 CN Grimsby Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Niagara Falls (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. I heard todays eastbound on the scanner. They called clear of Glenridge in St Catharine’s at 2.15p/m.
    They called themselves Via 694

  2. Another VIA special operated today, part of this:

    http://rendezvouscanada.travel/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/RVC2015_FAMBROCHURE.pdf

    Ran up around 2:30 PM, departed not long afterwards (appears to be a one way trip from Toronto)- F40 and 5 coaches.

  3. Our friends used to have a wee gift shop at the train station there and my daughter and I would hop on the train in St.Catharines to Niagara Falls and browse through the gift shop. So many memories.

  4. Nice catch boyos.

  5. Well I honestly just guessed because I never pulled out my radio, so I’d trust you over myself.

  6. I did not ask but on the scanner I thought I heard 694 on the return, maybe someone else can confirm!

  7. 695 both ways?

  8. The Via train was filled with people attending an ARA convention in Toronto.
    The Via number assigned was Via 695.
    This info from a Via employee!

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