New spring schedule at Via Rail Canada - New stops and departures in Ontario ; Changes to Northern Quebec services

    MONTREAL, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada's new spring national
timetable goes into effect this coming Sunday, April 29, and includes changes
to its Northern Quebec services as well as improvements and new departures in

    Significant changes to Ottawa-Toronto schedules

    - The first train (Train 43) between Ottawa-Toronto will only run Monday
      through Friday. Departure at 8:35 a.m. is unchanged, although arrival
      time  in Toronto has been revised to 12:53 p.m.
    - Sunday service between Ottawa and Toronto will now be provided by Train
      643, which departs at 8:35 a.m. and arrives at 12:55 p.m. This train
      will also be making a new stop in Belleville at 11:11 a.m.
    - Maintaining its 4:50 p.m. departure time, Train 47, in service Sunday
      through Friday, has added a stop in Oshawa at 8:22 p.m. before its
      arrival in Toronto at 8:57 p.m.

    Toronto-Niagara Falls: New seasonal service until September 2007

    VIA has added a new seasonal service on this route, operating between
    June 4 and September 2, 2007.

    - To Niagara Falls: During the summer, Train 93 will be departing daily
      from Toronto at 10:00 a.m. and arriv in Niagara Falls at 11:54 a.m.
    - To Toronto: Train 94 will depart from Niagara Falls Mondays through
      Fridays at 2:15 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 4:10 p.m. On Saturdays
      and Sundays, Train 694 will depart at 5:00 p.m. and arrive in Toronto
      at 6:55 p.m.

    Aldershot-Ottawa: Now stopping in Smiths Falls

    Departing weekdays from Aldershot at 6:00 a.m., Train 40 will now be
making a stop in Smiths Falls at 10:39 a.m. before arriving in Ottawa at 11:25
a.m. Similarly, the first morning train to Ottawa on Saturday, Train 640, will
also be making a stop in Smiths Falls at 11:26 a.m. before arriving in Ottawa
at 12:12 p.m.

    New stops in Napanee

    - Train 655 (Kingston-Toronto) will depart as usual on Saturdays at
      6:50 a.m. and make a stop in Napanee by request only at 7:12 a.m.
      before arriving in Toronto at 9:29 a.m.
    - Operating on Saturdays and Sundays only, Train 668 (Toronto-Montréal)
      will maintain its usual departure time of 6:35 p.m. and make a stop in
      Napanee at 8:48 p.m., before arriving in Montréal at 11:55 p.m.
    - Departing on Saturdays and Sundays at 6:35 p.m., Train 648
      (Toronto-Ottawa) will make a stop in Napanee at 8:48 p.m., before
      arriving in Ottawa at 11:25 p.m.

    Toronto-Sarnia: Stopping in St. Marys by request only

    Train 87, running daily between Toronto and Sarnia, will make a stop at
St. Marys on request. Its departure time of 5:40 p.m. remains unchanged,
although arrival time in Sarnia has been revised to 10:07 p.m. to allow for
the St. Marys stop at 8:19 p.m.

    Stops in Ingersoll and Glencoe now by request only

    Travellers in southwestern Ontario should also note changes to the
    following two routes:

    - Train 71 (Oshawa-Windsor), which departs at 6:45 a.m. on weekdays, will
      make a stop in Ingersoll at 9:35 a.m. and a stop in Glencoe at
      10:23 a.m. only on request. Arrival time in Windsor has been revised to
      11:45 a.m.
    - Train 671 (Toronto-Windsor) will depart as usual on Saturdays and
      Sundays at 7:50 a.m. and make stops in Ingersoll (9:35 a.m.) and
      Glencoe (10:23 a.m.) on request only before arriving in Windsor at the
      revised time of 11:45 a.m.

    Senneterre-Montréal: Now departing two hours earlier on Sundays

    The departure time for Train 606, previously leaving Senneterre at
10:45 a.m., has been changed to 8:45 a.m. Travellers can now expect an earlier
arrival time of 8:15 p.m. in Montréal.

    Jonquière-Montréal: New departure time on Sundays

    Operating on Sundays only, Train 602, previously leaving Jonquière at 1:10
p.m., will now depart two hours earlier at 11:10 a.m. Arrival time in Montréal
has been revised to 8:15 p.m.

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient and cost effective passenger transportation services,
both in Canada's busiest corridor and in remote and rural regions of the
country. Serving more than 450 communities across Canada, demand for rail
services continues to grow as more Canadians turn to train travel as a safe
and convenient travel choice.

For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Seychelle Harding, Corporate
Communications, (514) 871-6119; Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate Communications,
(416) 956-7683

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