VIA 2 Arrives
|A backlit VIA 2 rolls into Melville six hours behind schedule|
The engineer waited on the platform with myself and the retired CN employee. He informed us that he would have the pedal to the metal for the trip to Winnipeg and that we would only be meeting three westbounds on the trip to Union Station.
Finally, at 6:30, the distinct sound of a VIA horn shattered the silence. The train crawled into Melville station, running six hours behind schedule. I was anxious to get on and relax for the ride to Winnipeg.
I was welcomed onboard by the Service Manager, and he showed me to a free seat. I didn’t spend a minute in my coach seat. Instead, I made a bee-line up to the dome car. It was completely empty, which gave me the opportunity to grab the best seat available.
|VIA No. 2 departing Melville|
|Outside of Melville, we met an intermodal, led by a CN SD70M-2 and an IC Deathstar SD70|
|Both F40s belch fumes as they spring along the mainline near Yarbo, SK at 80 MPH|
|The Mosaic K2 Potash Mine near Gerald, SK|
|VIA No. 2 about to cross the impressive trestle near Gerald, SK|
|A wide shot of the interior of the dome in the skyline car|
|The train flies through the through truss bridge near St Lazare, MB|
|Immediately after crossing the bridge, VIA No. 2 passes through St Lazare proper, and swings around a corner as it passes through town|
|The power passes the station sign at Uno, MB.|
In a few minutes the train will be high above the valley floor on the impressive Uno trestle.
|The sun reflects off of the shiny roofs of VIA’s classic Budd equipment|
as the train passes through Arrow River, MB
|VIA 2 exits the Assiniboine River Valley near Miniota, MB.|
The train is passing under an old wooden bridge just outside of town
|VIA 2 met CN 2239 at Myra Siding as it headed west with a long string of manifest freight in tow.|
VIA 2 got back onto the mainline and the train drifted into its station stop in Rivers, MB just as the sun was falling behind the horizon.
|VIA 2 gets clearance, and proceeds out onto the mainline following a meet at Myra|
|Sunset in the Skyline|
|Departing Rivers, MB with darkness quickly falling|
Darkness fell by the time we reached Harte, and the train pierced through the night for the rest of its trip to Winnipeg.
|Rounding the curve at Grants Cut. Note the Panorama Car a few cars back in the consist|
|LED signals light up the night as the train speeds towards Winnipeg|
The train finally pulled through the train shed at Union Station in Winnipeg at 1:00 AM, only five and a half hours after leaving Melville.
Number 2 would be cleaned and serviced in Winnipeg in just half an hour. Re-boarding for the trip through Ontario would commence at 1:45, and departure would be somewhere around 2:00, putting the train a mere two hours behind schedule – not bad for a train that rolled into Melville six hours late!