Midnight train to Georgia

VIA Rail, Trenton Junction, by Bobolink.

OK, maybe not. But search as I might, I haven’t found a song about taking the train from Montreal to Toronto.

The train? Did you forget? It’s Podcamp Toronto!

I initially wanted to take the train to Toronto, as I love traveling that way, but honestly the costs weren’t in line with what I was prepared to spend. Just my luck, Via Rail wanted to reach out to the online community to show how cool train travel is, and how good it is to have internet access while traveling. They chose to reach out to those of us who helped put together Podcamp Montreal, as we tend to be online a lot.

So tomorrow I get my wish to travel by train, complements of Via Rail.  I’ll be joining a Quebec who’s who of podcasting and social media: Michelle Sullivan, Nicolas Pin (Honourary Quebecer), Sylvain Grand’Maison, Laurent Lasalle, Laurent Maisonnave, Kim Vallée and Jérôme Paradis as we head out on that train and put the wifi to the test.

In exchange for the trip, they want us to share our experience. Seems fair enough – so I’ll let you know what I think, both what is good and what isn’t.

So thanks Via Rail, for getting a bunch of bandwidth-hogs to try out your service, I hope we don’t break it 🙂

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6 Comments

  1. lol @ I hope we don’t break it

    See you Friday!

  2. Ennev says:

    With the bunch of you in there! I’m sure you’ll be taxing this poor wifi to it’s limit.

  3. Valerie says:

    Holy smokes. Looking back on my experiences with VIA’s wifi, that’s a very gutsy move on their part. Are they going to give you as good a deal for that as they have for the fare?

    We’d rather you live in our world than live without us in yours. 😉 Have fun, and see you soon.

  4. Bobolink says:

    Glad that you liked the photo. That is VIA Rail train 48 at Trenton Junction Ontario. Route is Toronto to Ottawa so it never reached Québec.

  5. Bob says:

    thanks Bobolink – I hope I get the right train tomorrow!

  6. Todd says:

    I absolutely love traveling by train and did many of my trips back and forth between Toronto and Quebec City by train. Sure, it costs a bit but was still cheaper than taking a plane in most cases. It also gives the appearance of being cheaper than a car. Depending on the car and state of repair/age, that’s likely true. Where it gets much cheaper is when more than one person travels.

    My experiences with VIA have been very good. I’ve particularly enjoyed them since they created the discounted VIA One fares which are only a little more than the full coach fare but includes free food, drinks (including cocktails and wine with dinner), and better accomodations. But Valerie’s right, it is gutsy of them to invite you on with the wifi in the state that it is. My experience is that I swear I’ll never buy it again every time but then get it every time and end up swearing it off again within a couple hours. But really, even without wifi it is a really nice way to travel.

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