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Author Topic: Where was Four Track, Now? on Monday?  (Read 2122 times)
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« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2018, 04:14:54 am »

Not low. The answer is Niagara, where I arrived by Amtrak after a 9-hour ride from New York Penn Station.



The time passed quickly, with much to see out of the window. We rode business class, which was very comfortable and included endless coffee. The carriage seemed a little dated compared to the HSTs - even more so against IET - and the road was a little rockier in parts than the GWR, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The WiFi worked perfectly, too. Everybody had to get off the train with all of their luggage for a border check. We didn't mind as we had reached our destination.
I had been told that the American side of the falls is tackier than the Canadian side. The resort there was a bit like Blackpool, but without the sophistication. The Falls themselves are absolutely splendid.

After two nights in Niagara, we caught the train to Toronto, then a couple of days later we moved on to Kingston, Ontario on this:



On our way home, we stop over for a few days in a country with no railway at all.

My journey was not so long although the train was late. Only boarded at Niagara (U.S. side) to Niagara (Canadian Side) where I had to detrain to buy my ticket to Toronto for a few days thence Toronto - Ottawa (few days stay) - Montreal (few days stay and meet up with my brother). That was extent of my Canadian itinerary of my first of four round the world backpacks.

I too have visited Iceland and whilst I was there I noted a lot of work being undertaken between Keflavik and Reykjavik which I was informed was to be a super tram track linking the two airports, the proposed Reykjavik terminal being just below The Pearl and between that and the main airport runway.
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« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2018, 09:04:02 am »

Looking at what looks like the phone kiosk I can see it's not in Germany as it's not yellow. It does look northern European, possibly one of the low countries.

Aren't the phone booths in Germany pink/purple? Same colour as T-Mobile. I recall they are branded as T- something or other.

Maybe they are these days but I've not been in Germany for 8 years. I'm sure they had the same colour as the Bundespost letter boxes when I used to visit Hamburg yearly since childhood in the 1960s. They might be different now though.

I don't remember those yellow boxes but it looks like the pink boxes that replaced them are themselves being phased out due to falling use.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2618850/Hung-good-Remote-German-forest-depot-thousands-phone-boxes-die-one-just-250.html
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« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2018, 08:17:04 pm »

We could have said hello.  I was in Toronto a week ago... Wink

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On our way home, we stop over for a few days in a country with no railway at all.

Iceland?

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I too have visited Iceland and whilst I was there I noted a lot of work being undertaken between Keflavik and Reykjavik which I was informed was to be a super tram track linking the two airports, the proposed Reykjavik terminal being just below The Pearl and between that and the main airport runway.

I first visited Iceland in May 2016, and saw no sign of work then, although I had read about the proposal. There being a lot of empty ground between Keflavik and Reykjavik, not so many bats or newts, and a total population of the entire country below that of Bristol, it should be easier to get on with than it would be in Britain. They do seem to get on with things over there. The energy source will be electricity produced without pollution from the hot springs, I suppose.
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« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2018, 08:21:47 pm »

After two nights in Niagara, we caught the train to Toronto, then a couple of days later we moved on to Kingston, Ontario on this:


The train looks splendid. But the station building reminds me of an edge-of-town Tesco...
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« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2018, 08:28:22 pm »


The train looks splendid. But the station building reminds me of an edge-of-town Tesco...

The train is rather splendid, obviously built to a Canadian standard of ruggedness. There is no platform for the intercity trains - someone appears with steps at the station. Which does look a bit rudimentary at Kingston, although the same cannot be said of Toronto Union Station. Sadly, I did not take pictures. Bristolians will be interested to know that an arena was constructed right next door to it.
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« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2018, 10:59:31 pm »

Toronto Union is going through a major rebuild at the moment.  Got completely lost there two weeks ago when trying to find my way out to the Waterfront.  The refurbished concorse is a splendid affair though.  Very 1920/30s.

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« Reply #36 on: October 14, 2018, 12:19:44 am »

That's the one! I too struggled to find my way through the local platforms to the intercity.
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