Thursday, July 23, 2009

Looming Via Rail Strike Derails Vacation Plans

Via Rail has started canceling trains because locomotive engineers have indicated they will go on strike Friday at noon. Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

Looming Via Strike Throws Off Vacation Plans -- Montreal Gazette

Via engineers set to walk tomorrow: More bad news for Montreal tourism.

A looming strike by Via Rail's locomotive engineers is throwing a wrench into Jennifer Baron's plans for a "babymoon" in Montreal.

Pregnant and due in October, the Torontonian and her husband were looking forward to one last pre-baby vacation, visiting family and friends and taking in Montreal's sites during Ontario's August long weekend.

When she heard Via was preparing to cancel all its trains beginning tomorrow, "we looked into flying but that's expensive and driving would take long because we have to stop a lot so I can stretch and whatnot," Baron said. They may cancel.

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Update: VIA Rail cancels routes as strike looms -- Globe And Mail

Update #2: Via Rail cancels trains as strike deadline looms --

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