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Coach 5647

The VIA Train in a Vaughan Basement

Turbo in 1979

Some guys have model trains in their basements. Some guys have some memorabilia from real trains in their basements. I think I can safely say I'm the only guy in Canada with a real train in his basement.

It took me four and a half years and over 2500 hours to build VIA coach 5647, and it even involved buying the real VIA coach 5647 and taking it apart. Those of you who are not obsessed with trains are asking yourself, WHY??? (Guys who are obsessed with trains are asking, HOW DO I FIND A WIFE WHO WILL LET ME DO THAT???)

We each have a favourite place: a place where we feel completely at home, where the stresses and headaches of daily life seem to melt away and we can just chill and regroup. My favourite place is on board the VIA train, especially on board the VIA trains of my youth, riding the Rapido between Toronto and Montreal. Now I have this special place in my house.

Follow the links below to see more.

The YouTube Movie
The Original Coach 5647
The 1:1 Model in the Basement
5647 Construction Progress (how it was built!)
5647 Photo Gallery
Sidura's Globe and Mail Essay about the Basement

Rapido Trains Inc. ©2013 by Jason Shron. I designed and coded it myself so sorry if your screen blew up.
Uncredited prototype photos are either mine or courtesy Bill Morrison, Brian Schuff and the Kaluza-Mueller Collection.
Thanks for actually reading this small print. Must be a slow day, eh?