After my recent trip to Saint John, NB (see Saint John Railway Scenes and CN 406, Times Two), I hopped on a plane back to Winnipeg. Well, actually, I took two planes... a little prop plane to Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (aka "YUL") and then a jet from there to Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
I had a three-hour layover in Montréal. I decided that I wasn't going to just sit around playing with my computer or phone. I knew from a past layover that the Dorval VIA / AMT train stations were within walking distance, and since I like to walk, this could be done!
Dorval is on the CN Kingston subdivision and the CP Vaudreuil subdivision.
These Shoes Are Made For Walking
|VIA 6414 at Dorval|
It is a good 15-20 minute walk at a brisk pace.
I was carrying my camera bag (a Lowepro SlingShot 102 AW, if you're curious) and my laptop bag, so by the time I reached the station I was a little warm and my back was a bit sore. No worries!
The AMT and VIA stations are quite close to each other but they are separate. AMT has a pair of tracks with little one story shelters beside them, and VIA has a full train station beside their own pair of tracks. There is a tunnel that goes under all four tracks so you can go to any platform without crossing tracks.
VIA at DorvalI looked at the AMT schedule - displayed on the station outside - and determined that nothing was coming until 13:02, so I walked over to the VIA station.
VIA 35 showed up very soon after I arrived, with VIA 6414 for power. You may remember that 6414 was the Loto Quebec unit when they were still wrapped, and was derisively labelled as "the Turd".
|Spotting the consist at Dorval|
There was quite a crowd on the platform but it did not take long for everyone to get on or off the train. I elected to shoot video with my iPhone as the train departed.
The consist was 6414 / 3451 / 4177 / 4118. I noted that VIA 3451 had a poppy sticker on it already.
After VIA 35 left, I went inside to check the schedule.
|VIA schedule at Dorval|
Agence Métropolitaine de TransportI knew I would have a bit of a wait for the next AMT train, but I was hoping for a freight train to come along. CP, CN and CSX all come through Dorval at different times, and on my last visit to Dorval I caught a CP freight.
I paced around by the AMT side for a while, but nothing came along until the scheduled AMT train, led by cab car 3017.
I was on the wrong side of the sun but I had decided to stay here because I would have the fence in the way on the other side. Maybe wrong, maybe right, but that's the decision I made. It's important to think of these things if you have time to do so.
After a very brief stop, they continued on their way and I shot AMT 1325 pushing the consist westward.
|AMT 1325 at Dorval|
The EndThe next VIA train was VIA 34 at 13:18 and the next AMT train was after that. My flight to Winnipeg was at 14:40 so I thought I might be pushing it a bit to wait for VIA with a long walk to the airport after that, so I set off for the airport.
In the end I was glad I didn't hang around, as the security line was pretty long and I didn't have a lot of time to wait before my flight boarded. It was the right decision.
But Wait, There's MoreI neglected to mention earlier in this series that I took a few photos of NB Southern switching in Saint John that week.
|GMTX 2639 in Saint John|
When I last saw #911 in December 2014, it was still HLCX 911. Since then, NB Southern purchased the unit and patched it to be NBSR 911. It still has the crossed out "Union Pacific" on the side, but I'm sure it will be repainted into green and yellow like the rest of the fleet eventually.
Just One More ThingTotally not train related, but I also spotted a couple of cruise ships in the Saint John harbour.
|Cruise ships in Saint John, NB|
|"Anthem of the Seas" in Saint John, NB|
|"Disney Magic" in Saint John, NB|
- Canadian Railway Observations guide to railfanning Montreal (PDF)
- My last Dorval railfanning visit
- Back to the start of this post trilogy
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