Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:14 PM
Via has even less clout with CN than Amtrak does with its host railroads. Amtrak's theoretical priority has a statutory basis and Amtrak has sued over it. Via doesn't have that, and has pretty much zero leverage with CN.
Via itself acknowledges the situation and posts the following notice on the booking page for travel involving the Canadian:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: While VIA endeavours to operate on time, the realities of increased freight traffic on tracks that we do not own may give rise to significant delays. We suggest that you do not arrange connecting transportation on the day of your arrival
With that said, the Canadian is a ride not to be missed and recommend working around the issue by including an overnight hotel stay at your end point. I'd also recommend traveling eastbound, not westbound, as with the extreme lateness the chances of missing the Rockies due to darkness westbound is quite high. Eastbound the mountains are on the first full day of the journey and the train is in them most of the day.
Edited by zephyr17, 06 August 2017 - 12:16 PM.
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