Monday, February 28, 2022
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Passing freights during the wait, none with DPU:
2255 EB CN No 148 Engs 2995-3096
2330 WB CN No 321 Engs 2614-2341
0005 WB CN No 377 Engs 3905-2512
0035 WB CN No 369 Engs 3278-3098
0200 EB CN No 306 Engs 5667-5654
VIA is attaching a certain amount of secrecy to these test trips, hence the zero-dark-thirty times. Also, test trips need to be co-ordinated with CN. Like night work blocks, these late hours keep the wayfreights and numerous VIA trains to a minimum. Goodness knows CN wouldn't want another tiny movement clogging up their double- and triple-tracked mainline and keeping all those 35 mph key train (almost-underpowered freight monsters) from making it to their destination just-in-time! On continue/but I digress! Speed east of Kingston was 71 mph, so I'm sure 100 mph was reached farther east.
After meeting 306 in Queens south service track, 627's headlight and ditchlights could be seen as the tail-end of the freight cleared, and the 'test train' crossed over to the north track for its station stop. Perhaps the first traveller to ever detrain from a Charger at Kingston:
There were tests of the door mechanisms and measurements taken at platform level.