Saturday, August 29, 2015

Passenger train service generating interest

Ever since RailMark took over, and was quickly forced to suspend, Algoma passenger service earlier this year, the hunt has been on for a new operator. In the interim, communities relying on the train have been stranded. While the bidding process is still ongoing, this article confirms that the ONTC is not among the interested parties.

I hadn't expected Ontario Northland to be interested, but now that I think of it, it would be an ideal candidate. Imagine: a reinstated Northlander; a passenger train between North Bay, Sudbury and the Soo; passenger trains from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst; a passenger link connecting Hearst and Cochrane. In other words, a return to the circle route lost decades ago. It isn't going to happen, but what an opportunity!

>>>Passenger train service generating interest | Sault Star<<<

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Corina Moore Appointed President and CEO of ONTC

Corina Moore is now officially in charge at the ONTC. Her appointment brings continuity to the Commission. Some will see it as a good thing, others won't.

>>>Corina Moore Appointed President and CEO of Ontario Northland Transportation Commission<<<

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Struggling up the grade

Struggling up the grade / Luttant jusqu'à la montée

Skrillex takes to the rails

Electronic artist Skrillex likes to travel by train, so when it came time to plan another cross-Canada tour, he opted to ditch the jet and the tour bus in favour of a chartered VIA train. The last time this happened, back in 2012, I didn't see the train. This time I did.

Skrillex Full Flex Express

Unlike the previous tour, the Full Flex Express is operating as part of scheduled VIA trains, including 61, which is pictured at Whitby en route to the evening's performance at Toronto's Echo Beach. The front of the consist was the standard train 61, with the second locomotive and stainless steel forming the tour train.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Union not too excited over new contract work at Ontario Northland

As Ontario Northland seeks more refurbishment contracts, a small number of workers have been recalled to meet demand. While job creation (or re-creation) is positive, this sort of 'yo-yo' cycle depending on a fluctuating workload is a problem. The goal (and I'm sure that the ONTC is working towards this) is to secure long-term contracts, such as Metrolinx passenger car refurbishment which will guarantee years of work, not job-to-job.

>>>Union not too excited over new contract work at Ontario Northland<<<

Algoma Passenger Service in Doubt Again

RailMark couldn't get funding for the continued operation of the Sault Ste. Marie-Heart passenger train. Result: no train, at least until some money/another company appears.

>>>Sault-Hearst rail service to cease July 15 (update)<<<