MOUNT VERNON made a trip from New York City to Montreal and Halifax and return on June 12th - 19th, 2004. We operated on Amtrak's Adirondack between New York and Montreal, and Via Rail Canada's Ocean between Montreal and Halifax. We spent two nights in Montreal and three nights in Halifax.
After departing Montreal at 6:45 PM, MOUNT VERNON
passengers relax before an 8:00 PM supper as The Ocean, Via Rail Canada
train #14, rolls eastward thru Quebec on the Candian National Railway
mainline to the Maritimes.
Barbara and Connell chatting as they
relax before supper. A private car trip is a great way to make new
MOUNT VERNON passengers relax before
an 8:00 PM supper as The Ocean, Via Rail Canada train #14, rolls eastward
A game of cards, accompanied by cocktails,
precedes supper for the ladies.
Supper is served onboard MOUNT VERNON
as night falls on The Ocean speeding eastward across the Quebec countryside
on the Canadian National Railway's main line to the Maritimes.
Via Rail Canada train #14, The Ocean,
makes her station stop at Moncton, New Brunswick. Note the second
locomotive is attired in the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) 50th
anniversary commemorative paint scheme.
The stop at Moncton NB provided passengers
with about 20 minutes to stretch their legs.
Via Rail Canada train
#14, The Ocean, departs Moncton NB enroute to its destination of Halifax
About 30 minutes after
The Ocean arrived at Halifax NS and unloaded passengers, the consist
of train #14 was backed out of the station. Then it pulled forward
to turn on a loop, often referred to as a balloon track, that traverses
the intermodal ocean cargo terminal for the Port of Halifax in a clockwise
direction. After the turning maneuver was completed, the equipment
pulled ahead, stoped, and backed down into the Halifax station, properly
positioned for the next departure as train #15 for Montreal. MOUNT
VERNON passengers were offered the opportunity to ride the car during
this move, getting a close look at the maritime container terminal
and the harbor. The photo was taken from Tower Road Bridge.
MOUNT VERNON spent three nights parked at the bumper
post of track 5 in Via's Halifax station. Dominion Rail Voyages General
Manager Jack Deasy is chatting with the Via Rail Canada electrician
who is plugging the car into shore power, using special (Via/Amtrak)
adaptor cables. Via Rail Canada does a superb job of taking care of
private cars and their owners, crew and passengers.
As her visit to Halifax
comes to a successful close, MOUNT VERNON departs the station area
on the rear of Via Rail Canada train #15, The Ocean, enroute to Montreal
on June 17, 2004. The photo was taken from Tower Road Bridge.