My railfan friend Bob Liming came up from South Carolina to ride the Ocean from Montreal to Halifax and back in late February. He sent along some photos and information about his trip.
Soon after leaving Montreal, one of the Chaleur sleepers developed a wheel issue and had to be set off at Drummondville. You may recall that the Ocean and Chaleur are together until Matapedia, where the Chaleur separates to head north.
Here's the consist: Engines 6419 and 6439; Baggage 7003; Coaches 7220; 70217, and 7231; Service Car 7309; Dinner 7401; Service Car 7308; Sleepers 79515, 7518, 7506 and 7513; Transition Car 7601 and Skyline car 8312.
Bob said the crew was quite concerned about the prospect of CN abandoning most of the northern New Brunswick line.
Here is the train in Halifax.
A wider shot shows the hotel to the left and the former VIA Maintenance Centre to the right.
On the return trip, they were delayed about 10 minutes in St. Lambert, Quebec because the steps would not retract on one of the Renaissance coaches. Bob took the opportunity to photograph scruffy CN 4773.
Here's a Corridor (HEP-1) train in Montreal, I believe.
And here's Bob!
Thanks for the photos and information, Bob!