For the first time in 15 months, a passenger train provided service to Northern communities situated between Winnipeg and Toronto. The Canadian, one of only three intercity passenger trains active in the region, made its first run through remote sections of Northern Ontario since the beginning of the pandemic.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard when it comes to this train’s ability to keep a schedule. The Canadian has an awful track record of not showing up when it is supposed to — partially due to the number of freight trains operating on this route.
VIA Rail’s flagship train was 44 minutes late arriving in Sioux Lookout and 53 minutes delayed into Longlac. After making up some time between Hornepayne and Capreol, the Canadian ended up four hours behind schedule at Parry Sound, five at Washago before finally concluding its journey at Union Station in Toronto.
There have been 434 days that have elapsed since this train last operated in 2020 and unsurprisingly, nothing has changed in terms of the Canadian’s on time performance. Northerners are still left wondering whether VIA Rail will pick them up and drop them off as planned.
In addition, there has been no word as to when the second regularly scheduled train will return to service this remote part of the province.
Love the way indeed…
|Redditt||02:29||03:06||27 minutes late|
|44 minutes late arriving|
8 minutes late departing
|Armstrong||10:57||11:26||29 minutes late|
|Longlac||14:11||15:04||53 minutes late|
|20 minutes early arriving|
10 minutes late departing
|Foleyet||22:27||22:02||25 minutes early|
|1 hour, 12 minutes early arriving|
5 minute early departing
|Sudbury Junction||04:49||04:44||5 minutes early|
|Parry Sound||08:42||12:40||3 hours, 58 minutes late|
|Washago||10:59||15:53||4 hours, 54 minutes late|
|Toronto||14:29||18:33||4 hours, 4 minutes late arriving|
Train #2 (May 17 – May 21, 2021)