Saturday, November 30, 2019
November 20, 2019. I'm in Toronto for a week of work-related training. On this beautiful Wednesday evening, after a long day's training, I elected to travel the UP Express from Toronto Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto. Now, according to the UP Express website, the trip takes 25 minutes with departures every 15 minutes.
It's approximately 4:45 pm so this puts us right in the middle of rush hour. This should be a very interesting trip.
I took the liberty of downloading the UP Express App which allowed me to purchase my ticket earlier that afternoon. The app is very easy to use and provides you with a pdf file of your ticket to display to the station staff as you board the train. The photo above was taken at Pearson station. You can see our train on the other side of the window.
I met a passenger who noticed I was logging on to the complimentary wifi which is supplied on the UP Express. She was pleasantly surprised that I was actually logged on. She then informed me that sometimes the wifi fails likely to rush hour demands. But, it worked fine for me even though there was a very full load on this trip.
There have been some issues with the trains not being very cooperative in very cold weather, but Metrolinx is quite handy at getting passengers moving with express buses. All-in-all, all public transportation across Canada is limited by the weather, so this isn't a unique UP Express problem.
I was hungry and stumbled upon the Mill Street Brewery Restaurant right above the terminal. I thought, "Oh why not?". I found the entrance to the upstairs restaurant (a little tricky to find in rush hour crowds), and soon realized I was the oldest person in the place. But, the sandwich I ordered was quite tasty and very well priced.
To sum up, this is a very efficient service which finally connects the massive Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto. I had to try it out just to see how well this service is run. Considering the amounts of baggage that people generally bring when travelling, the UP Express can handle it unlike typical subways and buses. The recorded announcements are very informative and useful. The staff both onboard and off are helpful and very professional.
At the end of the day, I leave impressed.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Nature and Railway Photography always seem to go hand-in-hand.
I thought I would try to capture some cool morning frost photos around Cochrane Yard on November 22nd, 2009 as 422 was preparing to pull out for Toronto.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Railroad Photographer and Author Bram Bailey captures southbound 214 as it rolls through Cobalt September 19, 2019.
214 preps to pull out of Englehart September 19, 2019.
Members of the Ontario Northland Railway Historical & Technical Society couldn't resist capturing CN Train #114 pulling out of Capreol during a visit to the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre September 21, 2019.
The tender of T&NO 4-6-0 219 at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre in Capreol, Ontario as seen on September 21, 2019. Fundraising is currently underway to fix up and eventually repaint the tender for display. Coal from her final trip is still inside of it.
Freshly rebuilt SD40-2 1733 is seen in the midst of testing at Ontario Northland's North Bay Diesel Shop September 20, 2019.
A cordial welcome from the North Bay Model Railroad Club captured during a special tour arranged for the ONRH&TS Annual Convention September 20, 2019.
It was a hub of activity at North Bay's Diesel Shop as members of the ONRH&TS were treated to a special tour during the Society's Annual Convention September 20, 2019.
A display featuring some classic signage, shipping labels and a history of the CN's corporate logos at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre in Capreol, Ontario September 21, 2019.
A very impressive HO scale model of the CN 4-8-2 Mountain type steam locomotive 6043 as seen on the massive Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre train layout in Capreol, Ontario September 21, 2019. The real thing was built in Kingston, Ontario at Canadian Locomotive Works and delivered to CN in September 1929. It had a 31 year career and now stands on display in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 6043 still runs on in miniature form thanks to the folks at the NORMHC.
Here's a September 20, 2019 look at an Ontario Northland HO scale FP7A fully customized and painted by the late Stephen Thompson. The beautifully done 1500 sits proudly on display in his memory at the North Bay Model Railroad Club.