(8-23-16) Exporail, Vendome

Hey guys,

Continuing what I have started hereherehere, and here, we have my next installment of my East Coast 2016 trip to Toronto and Montreal.

Here we have a video of the doors on the Montreal Metro, which actually open a second before the train comes to a complete stop.

We then had to rush to Lucien L’allier station, where we got lost in the maze of construction that was going on at L’allier. At that stage, we were cutting it very fine with the time. We then rushed to the station, tried to buy a ticket, and went and asked a ticket agent who was clearly from New York. He then sighed and radioed the conductor to hold the train for a couple of minutes while we ran onto the platform. Obviously we made it onboard, because there is only one trip per day in the reverse peak direction. Here we are on the river going from Montreal Island to the rest of Quebec.

At St. Constant, EMD F59PHI 1323 was leaving us…forever! Just kidding, we actually saw it on the return run.

Clearly the departures board at Saint-Constant has been having some problems, as we took a train bound for Candiac and it was not 5:43 in the morning.

We made the short walk to Canada’s largest railway museum, Exporail.

In the front of the museum, they had a narrow-gauge engine that was plinthed. 

In the front of the museum, they had a former CP Budd RDC-4 that was put on display. RDCs are Rail Diesel Cars that were built by Budd in the 1950s.

Here we have Dorchester, the very first locomotive to run in Canada, which ran on wood.

Of the Mallard class, No 4489 Dominion of Canada is a steam locomotive that is related to the locomotives from Great Britain. It’s sleek design was actually tested in a wind tunnel by Sir Nigel Gresley, of the LNER.

On display was also a CN private car,  which actually comes with ditch lights. Personally I think that this is a very attractive car that would be very nice as a normal passenger car.

In the model rail section, they had a couple of trains running, including this yellow  CP caboose.

This 0-6-6-2 Mallet (pronounced Malley) logging loco.

This MLW product, also for CP rail.

Everyone’s favorite LB&SCR Banton E2 0-6-0 tank engine…it’s Thomas!

Also present was this VIA EMD F40PH, prior to refurbishment.

In this lineup we have (top to bottom) Ontario Northland Northlander, the Turbotrain from CN, and AMT’s current Saint-Jerome line rolling stock: the Bombardier bi-level stock, along with the F59PHi.

On this flatbed, here we have LNER Mallard “The Domion of Canada”.

RDC overload!!!

(Yeah, I know it’s not a good picture but it still qualifies as a RDC.)

These are MLW FPA-4 locomotives in service for VIA Rail Canada.

In the modelling section, they had a big fire in the small town nearby.

Here we have a CP GP-20 pulling a historically inaccurate rake of passenger coaches. Seriously, I checked.

In the main hall, we have  a rotary snowplow.

Here we have an ALCO C623 lookalike, also on display.

Here we have a Fairbanks-Morse Trainmaster, which is the same type of locomotive that used to operate on the Peninsula Commute service.

CN 77 appears to be an older form of a diesel engine.

CP 6765 FPA-4.

Upskirt shot!

Here we have the corridor of the tender in The Dominion of Canada.

CN’s president traveled around in a converted car, and here it is.

Here we have a 4-4-0 steam locomotive.

Here we have CP Royal Hudson 2850, along with The Dominion of Canada.

Here we have Maritime Railway 5, a 4-6-0 steam locomotive.

Here we have what looks like a converted picnic table on rails.

The loco that I was most excited to see was CN 6711, a GE Boxcab locomotive that first ran in 1917 and was finally retired in the early 90’s.

In the tramway section they had a maintenance steeplecab locomotive.

Which was right in front of Montreal sightseeing car.

They had these in Vancouver, too.

CP RDC-4 was still sitting among a crowd of strollers.

These Hawker-Siddley cars were originally built as DMU’s for GO Transit, in Ontario, then they were converted into unpowered coaches, then got sold to AMT in Montreal, and then they were either retired, scrapped, or sold off to Ontario Northland, where they worked those trains.

Here we have CN 30, a GE 70-tonner switch locomotive.

Here we have another former AMT car.

The CN Speeder was right next to an MLW C424.

Along with the Montreal suburban line Boxcabs, here we have some ancient EMUs, also.

Here we have a VIA double-deck sleeper, in the old paint scheme.

AMT used to own GP9s, but they were all retired in the early 2010s.

St. Lawrence and Atlantic owned some MLW comfort cab locomotives.

Newfoundland used to have a narrow gauge railway, however, it was taken out of service in 1984. Here we have CN 805, a EMD G12.

Inside the train shed, we have LRC 6921, which used to run on the Montreal-Toronto line.

Here we have a British 0-6-0 A2 Terrier class locomotive. Stepney, a locomotive from TTTE.

While AMT used GP9s, they did not have HEP power. HEP is what is what powers the lights in the passenger coaches. Here we have an HEP generator car.

Here we have a CP diesel locomotive, presumably and old one. However, I can’t find any information about it…for some reason.

Ah…I love Birney Streetcars. These streetcars had one bogie in the center, and were officially known as The Birney Safety Streetcar.

Here we have a French steam engine…yeah.

Outside of the shed, they plinthed a 30-ton switcher.

Montreal used to have a  large network of trams. Here we have a preserved specimen. Surprisingly, these trams did not seem to have any lights.

Given that this was Canada, it was basically against the law to not show a gigantic snowplow.

Here we have the LRC in another angle. Y’know, the LRC and the Boxcab were the two things I was most excited to see.

CP 1608 is a GP9u, which apparently can still operate.

CP RDC-1 was also on display.

Here we have 1608 in another angle.

Canadian National 1382 is an EMD SW1200RS.

After that, we hopped on the Exporail trolley and hightailed it back to Montreal.

Here we have our Candiac Line train arriving at St. Constant station.

We boarded the last car, along with a very large number of people: 3 others.

Here we have a RFW.


On the way back, we encountered some track workers…working on the track.

I thought this wooden station was nice.

Back at L’allier, we have our Candiac Line cabcar, ready for the next call to duty.

“Voiture tranquillite” apparently means “Quiet car”

EMD F59PHi 1323 was the force that moved our train.

I took a picture of a MR-73 subway car!…yay.

When Montreal hosted the Olympics, they made a big fire statue.

Here we are at Vendome station, where I railfanned for a while. Here we have EMD F59PH 1343, in the refurbished scheme. It is working a Vaudreil-Hudson line train to Vaudreil.

Vendome station is right next to a big hospital.

Fascinating. All of AMT’s trains are equipped with 10 horns, as opposed to the normal one set of 5. Ironic considering that Greater Montreal is basically a gigantic No Horn Zone.

Here we have a Bombardier cab car operating a Saint-Jerome Line service to Saint-Jerome.

Here we have a Candiac Line cab car, about to operate a service to Candiac.

Bombardier also makes Multi-Level cars that are the standard for trains to Vaudreil.

Needless to say, I made and compiled a bunch of YouTube clips for you. Yay…

WTH is this ****ing monstrosity to the human race?!

I also got a Montreal Metro ticket and started rubbing it down.Enjoy.

I nearly forgot…here we have some clips of the Montreal Metro.



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