Re: What is the status of z scale these days
The "offical" explanation from the top explainer from MTL at NZSC in Denver was that its the longest length they could ship without damage. Don't know about the Parcel Post charges, but my last priority mail delivery didn't cost any extra for the 3 ft. box.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Garth" <garth.a.hamilton@...> wrote:
> There is a reason for MTL flex being shorter than 3 ft. I seem to recall there is a limit on how long a package can be when going by parcel post without paying a surcharge and so MTL can ship thier flex without this problem where as with 3 ft flex I have always had to pay extra to get it shipped to me when buying Peco or any other scale track in lengths 3 feet or longer.
- Hey Ray. I have done vancouver to montreal on via and its a scenery you cannot duplicate anywhere. And if anybody tells you food on trains is poor, they havent done this trip
Regards , Joel
From: Garth <garth.a.hamilton@...>
Sent: Monday, October 8, 2012 6:36:13 PM
Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: Cross Country R/R trip
Rainer; while I live in Canada and like Via Rail travel the trans continental train runs from Halifax to Montreal to Toronto to Vancouver, but to travel one way is more than a round trip on Amtrak from New York to Chicago on "The lake shore limited" to Los Angeles on "The Southwest Chief", then through Anaheim to Seattle and Vancouver BC on 'the Coast Starlight, and back to Seattle and then across the north states of the USA to CHicago on "The Empire Builder" first class in a bedroom. There are mnay more options and if you are from overseas then it is possible to purchase a rail pass and travel even more of the Amtrak routes.
In Canada if you arrive on Amtrak then I would suggest the Rocky mountaineer between Vancouver BC and Calgary Alberta as this is the premier service to see tn4e Canadian rockies as it is all daylight travel on this train. From Calgary or Edmonton in Alberta you can join VIa rail Canada to travel back east. the cars in Via are all the old style cars of the 60 and 70's kept in first class condition but travel on Via Rail transcontinental is in high demand so prices are higher than Amtrak generally but, particularly in the summer months. again you can get a rail pass for Via if you are from outside of Canada.
Both Amtrak and Via provide excellent help online for planning and booking travel in Canada and the USA and have all the latest in bargain fares on any route and rail passes for extended travel in addition to hotel accommodations and car rentals. There are lots of choices if you google "Rail tours North America"
here are a couple of links
USA and Canada
In Canada the Canadian operates from Toronto to Vancouver through Winnipeg and Edmonton. The Ocean Limited runs from Halifax to Montreal. There is high speed for Canada, coach service from Montreal to Toronto And Via and Amtrak operate pool train from New York to Montreal and Toronto via Niagara Falls.
--- In mailto:z_scale%40yahoogroups.com, Rainer Kuhn <rayas911@...> wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I would like to take a trip cross country east /west either with a US or Canadian railroad.
> Does anybody know of someone who specializes in that kind of package?
> The local travel agency or AAA have nothing special to offer and for me to find info on the internet will probably take me longer than the trip in total.
> I appreciate any info you may have.
> Thank you
> Ray Kuhn
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