25.2.09

GETTING INTO TRAINING. Professor Palmer discovers the Ontario Corridor.

The trip takes longer than a plane trip, but door-to-door, it wasn't really much more time, once you include having to get to the airport early, clear security, change planes, hope your baggage makes the change, too, and then wait to claim your baggage, and take a cab to and from the Quebec airport.

The connections in Toronto and Montreal are quick; also, Via trains are sometimes delayed, making the connections impossible, but Via holds the connecting train to make sure people make their connections.

One noticeable negative: the roadbed between Stratford and Trono is nowhere near as smooth as the roadbed between Trono and Montreal or between Montreal and Quebec City, making it hard to read on that leg of the journey.

It was my first time on Via Rail in about 20 years or so. At that price and with that service, it probably will not be my last.

He discovers the advantages of head-end power.
There are electrical outlets next to each seat, so we were able to use our laptops and iPhones for the entire journey. I mostly listened to podcasts both ways, while Ms. Eclectic read several books.
At one time, the Amcoaches had only a few outlets, for use by the coach cleaners' vacuum cleaners. I'd bring along my TRS-80 Model 100 and get strange looks for plugging it in and working on something. Now everybody does it.

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