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#1 norfolkwesternhenry

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 04:49 PM

what is a typical consist of the train to churchill? Does it inclue any dome cars?

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:12 PM

I think it has a Park car seasonally. Other then that I believe it does not. But I don't know for sure. It looks like a late 60s streamliner. No perks but uniform stainless.

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Posted 03 October 2016 - 07:16 AM

yeah, Via rail is putting park cars on it late jan-early march

Empire Builder MSP-CHI (2) CHI-MSP (2) MSP-PDX (1) MSP-CBS (5.5 H late) (1) MKE-MSP (1) MSP-SEA (1) Coast Starlate PDX-EMY (1.5H late) (1) California Zephyr DEN-SLC (1H late) (1) Hiawatha CHI-MKE (1) NE Regional WAS-BAL (1) WAS-NYP (1) Acela Express BAL-WAS (1) BOS-WAS (1) Late Shore (Limited service) CHI-BOS (On Time) (1) Capitol Limited WAS-CHI (1) Texas Eagle SAS-CHI (1) Wolverine DET-DER-ARB-CHI (35 Min late) (1) Cascades SEA-VAC (1)
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train cars travelled in: Superliner: Coach, Sleeper, Diner, CCC, SSL. Amfleet: LD Café, Café/Business, coach. Viewliner: Sleeper, Diner. Acela: Café, Business, quiet car. Horizon: Coach. Talgo: coach, diner, café; non Amtrak: ex CP Via Canadian Manor cars, Park car, diner,sleeper, Skyline lounge. LRC trainset: coach (tilt de-activated)


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 07:22 PM

Year-round consist is usually 2 F40PHs, baggage car, two coaches, a dining car, and a Chateau-series sleeper. As others have said, a Park-series observation car is added (as well as an occasional extra Chateau or two) during summer, Churchill's autumn polar bear season, and into the winter for the northern lights. You should check with VIA, about dates for the Park car if that is your true draw as one may not run on every train during those times. 

 

I chanced into a southbound run with a Park car in the summer of 2015 - it ran without an attendant and was only accessible to sleeping car passengers - as it was the very beginning of the summer tourist season in Churchill, there was a very light load in the sleeping cars (especially south of Thompson, MB) and at times I had the dome all to myself.



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Posted 03 October 2016 - 09:33 PM

Can I hang out in the dinng car, or is it closed like on Amtrak?


Empire Builder MSP-CHI (2) CHI-MSP (2) MSP-PDX (1) MSP-CBS (5.5 H late) (1) MKE-MSP (1) MSP-SEA (1) Coast Starlate PDX-EMY (1.5H late) (1) California Zephyr DEN-SLC (1H late) (1) Hiawatha CHI-MKE (1) NE Regional WAS-BAL (1) WAS-NYP (1) Acela Express BAL-WAS (1) BOS-WAS (1) Late Shore (Limited service) CHI-BOS (On Time) (1) Capitol Limited WAS-CHI (1) Texas Eagle SAS-CHI (1) Wolverine DET-DER-ARB-CHI (35 Min late) (1) Cascades SEA-VAC (1)
Non-Amtrak: VIA: Corridor Service Q.C.-Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Windsor (1) Canadian: VAC-Winnipeg 4.5 H late (1) D. C. metro, Montreal Metro, Toronto subway, Portland streetcars, BART, Metra, NYC subway, Boston subway, Twin cities Blue/Green line
train cars travelled in: Superliner: Coach, Sleeper, Diner, CCC, SSL. Amfleet: LD Café, Café/Business, coach. Viewliner: Sleeper, Diner. Acela: Café, Business, quiet car. Horizon: Coach. Talgo: coach, diner, café; non Amtrak: ex CP Via Canadian Manor cars, Park car, diner,sleeper, Skyline lounge. LRC trainset: coach (tilt de-activated)


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 01:45 PM

Can I hang out in the dinng car, or is it closed like on Amtrak?

 

 

The dining car remains open throughout the trip. It's usually rostered between the two seated coaches and the sleeper(s).


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 08:45 PM

So, as long as you're buying something, you can hang out in the dining car. I doubt if they would let you sit there without a purchase. 



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 12:00 AM

So, as long as you're buying something, you can hang out in the dining car. I doubt if they would let you sit there without a purchase. 

I think he means between or after meal hours, when they're not serving or preparing for service....


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 06:43 PM

On my July 2015 round trip, half of the seating was considered "the diner" and the remaining tables were treated as lounge space. My wife and I enjoyed after dinner drinks with the guys from the neighboring section at one of those tables while others were still enjoying dinner service. There seemed to be no issue with occupying the "lounge tables" between meals. The only thing that seemed odd was that last call for snack and bar service came about 9pm; of course given the long hours a diner crew works, it didn't surprise me that they closed well before the wee hours.


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