Saturday, September 06, 2008

VIA Railfan Trip to Moncton

Ron Jackson and Andrew Reid are organizing another railfan trip. The last one was held at the end of April of this year. Here is Ron's description:

"Andrew and I have put together another Railfan trip. This one will be to Moncton for a visit to IRSI. We will leave Halifax on Oct. 3 at 12:35 on [VIA] number 15 and return on Oct. 5th on number 14. We will visit IRSI on the Saturday morning and Andrew has something planned for Saturday afternoon. On Saturday night we are planning to go as a group to a local restaurant for dinner (Vito's Italian). A group rate at the Colonial Inn, which is close to the train station (within walking distance) has been arranged. The bus we will use on Saturday only holds 30 and the Colonial has a limited number of rooms, so book early as we will cut it off at 30."

"On the train, normally coach passengers don't get access to the diner, but our group will be able to have lunch both ways. We will not be able to use the Dome car as the train has other groups booked in Easterly both ways. I likely will be able to take small groups back to the Dome for short periods of time depending on how busy the Dome is."

The Costs

Hotel $84.00 plus tax per night. Two per room or single. The rooms must be booked by Sept 20th. The rooms are booked under my name Ron Jackson and the number for the Hotel is 1-800-561-4667.

Bus TBD depends on the numbers

Train $58.00 per person tax included return.

Lunch $28.00 per person tax included for both meals

"The train and meals must be paid directly to me so we can all get the rate and the lunch sitting. Cash or cheque ok on the day of departure. The train and meals must be booked before Sept 20 and there is a $17.50 penalty if you cancel after Sept 20th. You can book the train and meals either by my e-mail or call me on my cell (902) 402-8403"

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