|Passenger Rail Service Returns to Sharbot Lake. Are You Ready Campers?|
We have done stories previously on VIA Rail fundamentally flawed plan to run slow trains from Toronto - Tweed - Peterborough to Ottawa.
Now comes news that the VIA Rail will be stopping at Sharbot Lake. Good news for campers without tents!
Please read our previous story on VIA Rail and Sharbot Lake.
Here are a couple fun facts about VIA Rail.
VIA Rail plan is not grade separated. Their plan has trains on the same grade level as autos. Having VIA Rail tracks at level crossings with roads increases the chances of an auto/train collision. In high speed rail, trains and autos are grade separated eliminating the chance of an accident occurring. That is why the high speed rail system in Japan has never had a fatality after over a half of century of operation. The safety of Canadians traveling by rail should be paramount importance to VIA.
1. VIA Rail High Frequency Rail Plan is More Dangerous than true High Speed Rail.
2. VIA Rail Plan Doesn't Address Their Fundamental Problem - High Fares.
People will not ride the train due to the high ticket prices. Especially when travel times are ridiculously slow.
Here is an example to embarrass any Canadian:
- Japan Railway Tokaido Shinkansen High Speed Rail - Tokyo - Kyoto - Distance - 513km - Time - 1hr. 40min. - Speed - 320km.hr - Price: 154.059 Canadian Dollar
VIA Rail Canada - Toronto to Ottawa - Distance - 449km, Time 4hrs 31min - Speed 120-160km - Price - 168.37.
NOTE: It is not possible to evaluate VIA Rails new plan has they will not provide details on it. There is no evidence to suggest VIA Rail will reduce fares to make rail travel more affordable to Canadians.
How can VIA justify their ridiculous high prices?
Where Will the Next VIA RAIL Stop Be?
The news that Sharbot Lake will be getting a stop on VIA Rails proposed route clearly illustrates the line is fast becoming a "milk run" with stops in Tweed and Sharbot Lake. We love history at HSRC so we will give you the LINK again to the original 1967 schedule of the line and we will let you pick out where the VIA Milk Run will have a stop at next.
We doubt they will open the mine at Sulfide,ON and it seems the glory days in Ungava ON are over so we will eliminate those two locations.
|Ungava Ontario is not getting VIA Rail service|
We are putting our money on Maberly Ontario being the next stop on the VIA Rail Milk Run. Why? One reason is the Maberly Station Road is still there. We also like the area. It is beautiful there. Okay not a lot of rationale to stop in Maberly. For all you history buffs that remember the old days when Maberly had trains, here is a photo of the station.
|Maberly Railway Station|
To read more about the exciting news about VIA Rail stopping at Sharbot Lake. Read this ARTICLE by Elliot Ferguson of the Kingston Whig-Standard. Here is the latest non specific map of the line.
|VIA Rail latest map of their proposed line|
We sincerely hope the federal Liberal government will give a reality check to this flawed VIA Rail plan. Canadians deserve better. We deserve what the rest of the modern world has had for over 50 years: High Speed Rail.