The third one in the triangular pattern right below the windows is an experimental narrow-focus HID beam for long-distance viewing. They trialed it on their mid-2000's F40PH rebuilds, liked it, and decided to apply fleet-wide. Their GE Genesis fleet has now got the same thing. Apparently nobody else does this anywhere except for VIA. I dunno...do their trackside deer not adequately scatter at the sight of normal-intensity train headlights like our deer???VIA doesn't skimp on headlights.
Winnipeg-Churchill only runs twice a week, usually with the oldest falling-apartest pieces of shit on VIA's roster leaking interior heat into the tundra. TOR-MTL Corridor is where they want to blind every creature a mile up track. Maybe if they ran fast enough to actually sneak up on someone the perk would help them, but the Corridor doesn't even sniff 80+ MPH.Considering one of their lines goes to "the polar bear capital of the world" maybe its not deer theyre trying to spot
Bores 3 & 4 reserved probably the likelier outcome for the relief valve than trying to rehab the B&P. The B&P takes on a lot of water leakage, so the cost in waterproofing and refinishing the surfaces for all the accrued water damage is manifold. It might legit be easier to just pour +2 new bores in the soft fill next to the first 2 so long as the original project relocated all utilities out of the way beforehand.And they’ve preserved the option of 3rd and 4th bore on the new alignment (the original design was 4 single track tunnels, but they’ve only funded 1&2 for now)