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  1. Apr 10, 2019 #51

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    One thing that I haven't decided yet is whether to take my scanner. I don't know about the laws in Canada and the various provinces concerning scanners. I also wonder about problems at the border with scanners. And finally, I don't know what frequencies to listen on.
     
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    I have traveled on the Canadian every year for the last 5 years and always carry a scanner with no problems. I wouldn't use it in a car, though, that is where you may get into trouble with provincial laws.

    No problems with them at the border.

    You really only need two channels:

    CN end to end road channel 161.415 (CN Channel 1/AAR channel 87)

    Via onboard service/train to head end communication: 160.200 (AAR channel 6)

    Via OBS crews use the radio to communicate, so you get to hear a lot more on that via channel than you do on Amtrak (like "we need more ice in the Park car"). And there are much fewer PA announcements like "...conductor to the IC..." that are so annoying on Amtrak. There is no train intercom, they use the radio.

    Also you'll know why you have been stuck in a siding for 2 hours (typically waiting for meets with like 4 non clearing CN freights).

    As always, be considerate of your fellow passengers and use earphones.
     
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    Thank you. An excellent answer. I got out my scanner instructions and figured out how to scan just these two frequencies. Do you know what frequencies I will need on the Ocean?
     
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    The same. The CN road channel and Via OBS/head end communication channel are system wide for both.
     
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    Very good. Thanks again.
     
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    Thanks. I enjoyed your reports.
     
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    Yet another question: Are there available electrical outlets in the Prestige class rooms? I use a map application on my iPad to track my trips. It doesn't need an internet connection, but it eats up battery pretty fast. In an Amtrak bedroom, I always run an extension cord over to the center of the window so that I can charge my iPad, iPhone and watch overnight, plus when I need to during the day.

    I understand that there are outlets in the Panorama Car and the Bullet Lounge, but not in the domes.
     
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    Yes, but I would bring a power strip with me to make sure that I could charge numerous items. There’s an outlet in the room and one in the bathroom.
     
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    Where is the outlet in the room? It does not seem to show up on any of the pictures.
     
  11. Jun 7, 2019 #61

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    My wife, sister, 87 year old mother and I did a group from Toronto to Vancouver in Prestige last fall. SWMBO and I had the B room in the Park car. It was superb. The rooms are about as described and the food and service was excellent. From Toronto we had a really great crew but west from Winnipeg we had what I can only describe as the most fun, service oriented crew that I have ever had. We ended up the trip with several new varieties of liquor to try at home and two empty Crystal Head vodka bottles, the second facilitated by regular rounds of Cesars in the dome. The scenery was great, having the family was perfect, and the accommodations were first rate. The room outlet was on the shelf by the bathroom, but I have a long cord on my CPAP so it wasn't a problem. Food was varied and just about perfect. It was really expensive but soooo worth it.
     
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    Look up the 360 views on VIA’s site, you can spot the outlet location. You’ll need to know if you’re in a Renaissance, Chateau, or Manor bedroom. Or just look at all of them.
     
  13. Jun 24, 2019 #63

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    Can I book a coast to coast ticket between Vancouver and Halifax with guaranteed connections with VIA Rail?
     
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    You certainly can book a Vancouver to Halifax trip, and Via does guarantee connections, but it requires at least one overnight layover, and VIA does not appear to offer through ticketing on the website possibly because of that.

    The Canadian arrives at 2:29 PM (theoretically) at Toronto Tuesdays and Fridays, and the Ocean leaves Montreal at 7:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. So the closest connection you could make would be to arrive Tuesday, overnight at Toronto, then take a Corridor train to Montreal on Wednesday to catch the Ocean with a Toronto-Halifax ticket.

    The Canadian generally has not been having its 24 hour plus lateness issues on the new schedule (a 24 hour late #1 recently notwithstanding), so that would be a fairly safe option.

    I would book it with an agent at 888-VIA-RAIL instead of the website, though. It might be guaranteed if it were on single reservation which an agent could do.
     
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    It works if you choose multi-city. I booked a Halifax - Vancouver trip this past winter that was all on one ticket with a 1 day 57 minute connection in Montreal. In your case, segment one would be Vancouver - Toronto and segment two would be Toronto - Halifax.
     

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