Hello. I'm planning a train trip from Halifax to New York in mid-May, and I see that the Montreal-bound Ocean arrives in St-Lambert at 9:50 AM, and the southbound Adirondack departs at 10:35 AM. I know it's not a big station (really just two concrete platforms- should take a minute or two at worst to cross between them), but the real question is if the Ocean is reliable enough that I won't miss the southbound Adirondack?
45-minute connection between VIA Rail Ocean & Adirondack- doable?
Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:53 PM
I am not familiar with VIA's OTP, but I would not trust a connection from a long distance train that short!
The VIARail website seems to say that OTP is roughly 80%. However, I am not certain as to what VIA's metrics are in relation to what classifies as "on-time".
Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:17 AM
A friend of mine made this connection a few years ago. IMHO it's tighter than I'd really be comfortable with; I think the question is whether you're comfortable taking, say, a 10-25% chance (I suspect the OTP is worse in winter, but that's a guess and not gospel) of having a day added to your trip (or having to buy a last-minute ticket out of YUL).
Edit: VIA defines "on-time" as within 60 minutes for the Ocean. Note, however, that for February on that standard the WB Ocean had a 100% OTP rate (though that could obviously still include trains which were, say, 50 minutes late and would make you miss your connection).
Edited by Anderson, 13 April 2017 - 02:22 AM.
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:49 AM
Don’t risk it. Spend the day in Montreal. There’s lots to do. For example....I arrived in Montreal a couple of weeks ago on the Ocean at 10am and had plenty of time to take two round trips on AMT commuter trains: To Mascouche on the line through the Mount Royal Tunnel using the ALP45 duel Electric – Diesel locomotives....then a 130km round trip out to St. Jerome and back.
Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:38 PM
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:25 AM
When the Pre-Clearance facility opens in Central Station, the Adirondack will no longer stop in St. Lambert in either direction.
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