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February 7th, 2009
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DLT #265: Passenger trains no longer service Calgary
But the terminal lingers on, stationing ghosts of voyages past.


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From:dubaiwalla
Date:February 7th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Passenger trains no longer service Calgary
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Don't you have trans-Canada sightseeing tours by train? In which case, shouldn't it be a stop along the shortest route across the country?
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From:mrputter
Date:February 7th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Cross-Canada, no. There are indeed cross-Canada passenger trains, but they route via Edmonton, not Calgary.

There is the Rocky Mountaineer tourist train that I mentioned to you a while back, that just runs west to Vancouver (the key word there being "tourist"—it's not something one would use for regular transportation). Its terminus is a couple of blocks away from this building.

Edited at 2009-02-07 10:33 pm (UTC)
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From:dubaiwalla
Date:February 7th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
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But Edmonton is farther north (i.e. a bigger diversion from a straight line) and not (to the best of my limited knowledge, at least) significantly more important than Calgary. Why run a train that way?
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From:mrputter
Date:February 7th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Best guess is that it has to do with which companies own which lines of track. (Freight trains still use the Calgary route, but operated by a different company)

Also: Edmonton was historically larger and more important than Calgary, until the last 10-15 years. Also: the northern route is less hairy going through the mountains (hence cheaper to operate and maintain). Also: it gives easier access to the the ports of both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
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