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Old 07-19-2008, 09:24 AM   #1
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I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON RVING AND PIGGYBACKING BY TRAIN ACROSS CANADA. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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Don't think it is possible. Here is the VIA rail site. VIA
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An interesting idea but I have never heard of it being available either.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:13 PM   #5
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My inlaws did it with their new 1968 Buick Wildcat from Vancouver to Montreal.....
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:06 PM   #6
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Almost anything is possible if you offer enough money. That railway transports goods by flat-car don't they? Use the link provided by Ottawa to inquire.
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where exactly is your destination and when do you want to leave and how long are you willing to take to get there?
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The Canadian doesn't have a car hauler at the back (as the Indian Pacific has in Australia for those who don't want to drive across the Nulabor Plain). Definitely no flat cars for RVs but I suspect that could be organized by an ambitious travel coordinator.

A 15 day trip across the country with the MH on flat car with power supplied from the trains gennie and water and sewer facilities available every night would be lovely - but totally impractical when you think of it. Getting water to each MH could be difficult and black tank clean out every few days - ouch.

In 2006 we took The Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver and back. We had the one triple cabin in the Parc Car (the last car on the train which has a dome, the bullet lounge at the back (it is curved), a bar and one trip and 3 double bedrooms. We spent 9 days in BC with a rental car (got a good upgrade thanks to my then HRRVC membership Hertz card - a brand new Caddy DTS) and then returned on the train. It as a wonderful trip. SO GOOD that we are doing it again next May but his time a friend is coming with Bev, Phil and I and we have two of the doubles in the Parc Car and the wall opens up during the day so we will have a large sitting room.

The food is super as they stick right to the menu that is posted on the ViaRail web site. One couple in the lounge was from the UK and when chatting with them I learned they had also taken the trip the previous year.

IN 06 the trip was three nights. They have increased it to four nights starting in 09. I think the problem is so much freight on the line they were coming in hours and hours late in both directions. Some of the freight trains with double containers are so long that they cannot fit on sidings - so we often had to sit waiting for them. We didn't mind the sitting as the goal of the trip is the lovely scenery, very good meals, and a really relaxing time. Given we are doing it again you know we had to enjoy it very much.

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Setting up a rolling RV Park wouldn't be the biggest logistic nightmare that some folks thing it would be.

What you'd need, besides the investment capital, would be to purchase a retired, smaller diesel locomotive (one would be more than enough), an older water tank car (They do make them) for supply the fresh, a removal tank car (They have these big pots on them that can be hoisted off via crane) and an industrial macerator pump and plumbing system.

The RV train could easily travel all over the US and Canada, as well as a good lot of Mexico.

RV's would use their dump setups like normal to a smaller tank mounted on the substructure of each flat car. This tank would then have a macerator pump that would process and pressurize the waste and "lift" it to the waste tank car.
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Unfortunately, the cost of insurance would probably make this uneconomic. Too bad though.
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That would be a similar idea to what was done with a river barge until insurance and liability caused them to go out of business. Loaded up RV's on a river barge, arranged very much like an RV park. Outside gathering area, etc. Second barge with generator etc. Tow boat moved the barge up and down the major rivers of the country.
I would still like to do this, maybe cruise from Minnesota to New Orleans.
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