Via Rail Ocean Moncton to Montreal by Train

Observation train car
The view from the observation car was awesome as we rode from Moncton to Montreal.

I took the train from Moncton to Montreal and it was the one of the coolest trip I’ve ever taken! I had to go to Quebec for a week on some business and while I usually drive the 1000 km I decided to make other arrangements because driving that road in the middle of winter didn’t sound like the best idea. At first I was going to fly since it’s a short hop to Montreal from Moncton but all the flights out were booked so DD suggested to look at taking Via Rail.

I checked for tickets and found it was actually pretty cheap, cheaper than I thought anyway. My ticket out was $230 and that was for a single cabin for one…although at the time I booked it I didn’t know what exactly that was…but when I got on the train, the 2nd to last wagon on the train with the other cabins I was blown away! The train is the greatest way to travel!!

Via Rail Train Cabin For One
I loved my little private cabin for one on the train…it was like a little submarine!

I took the train when I was a little pup with Mama J back when I was about 7 or 8 and that was a short trip and we sat in the regular coach seats. When I boarded the Ocean Line Train in Moncton for Montreal it was incredible! It was like a mix between a boat and submarine all with the most wonderful Art Deco styling!

When I found my way though the car, which is like a long blue carpeted and stainless steel maze, and found my cabin I was so happy! My own little cabin, a little under 7 feet long by 4 feet wide but this was a marvel of engineering and had a sink, a toilet, a storage space, the fold-out bed, a nice comfy leather chair with arm rests, bottled water and running water, a fan, power plug, magazines, coat hangers! It was like my own private hotel room! A sliding door meant I could just kick back and look out the window and stretch out and listen to my music and eat snacks! Now that’s what I call comfort!

I’ve taken the Greyhound bus across Canada many times, probably 10 times at least. Riding the Greyhound from Montreal to Yellowknife, or Edmonton to Vancouver, or Vancouver to Montreal is a cool experience once in a lifetime but after the third time it loses its appeal, cramped in a seat besides the poor folks and crazies! What an excruciating way to travel…noiw that I was in my little private cabin on The Ocean I was thinking back to those bad old days and smiled and said to to myself “You’ve come a long way baby!”

etched glass train car
In the dining car there was some beautiful etched glass…little Chickadees! Chickadee-dee-dee!!

The staff on the train was super friendly; Vernon explained to me how the bed worked and where the dining car and lounge were and the emergency exits. It was totally personal service and not like when the stewardess on an Air Canada flight explains the way to fasten a seatbelt over the intercom in a bored tone.

So I placed my bags and went to check out the train as it started moving out from Moncton. I had to walk through 4 cars to get to the dining car and then two more to get to the 360 degree glass roofed observation car.

Joey at the canteen served me a cold beer and I went upstairs to watch the sunset. Sitting there watching the snowy trees passing by with a nice reclining seat while sipping a cold beer was amazerful!!

After two frosty beverages I decided to go back to my cabin and get ready for supper…I figured I would dine at about 8. Before I left I wondered if I should pack some food and just eat some Sobeys prepared foods but DD said to try the whole train experience and I’m glad I did!

The dining car is so stylish, real tables with table cloths, real cutlery, the full package! The table de hote had three choices all for $12 tax included. I went for the ssteak with mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables…it was perfect! A glass of red wine in a real wine glass, with the click clack of the train wheels made me feel like some first class traveler in the 1950’s in some Hollywood movie!

Via rail art deco train
The Via Rail Train was all stainless steel and very art-deco! These are the stairs up to the 360 degree observation car! So cool!

After dinner I went back to the cabin and listened to some music then it was time for bed. I pulled the bed down and there was two nice fluffy white pillows and a comfy duvet…I snuggled down and turned the lights off and was rocked to sleep…ahhh what a great start to the trip…I was wishing I could have more than just one night!

I woke up at 7 and went to see Joey for my morning coffee. I was going to check out the observation car but there were people sleeping up there. Joey told me they had overbooked by about 30 tickets so people were basically sleeping in any chair they could find.

I went for a stroll to check out the whole train…oh my…I’m sooooo glad I didn’t ride coach…it was like a sardine can up there! It reminded me of the bus, people all bent out of shape trying to sleep.

I could tell by looking at people’s faces who was riding coach and who had thee berths and private cabins…we all looked fresh and happy but those who rode coach looked a little disheveled and grumpy…poor souls! If I ever take the train again, and I really want to now, I would only go if I can get a cabin.

The regular economy coach ticket was $105 one way Moncton to Montreal and my discounted single cabin fare was only $201.71…I mean that is double the price but I sure thought it was worth it to have the privacy and a bed I could get some real sleep in!

What a great trip!!

Via Rail Train Door
Walking between the train cars…the heavy doors and the noise from the train on the clackity clack tracks…like a maze of steel and mystery…

Free U2 Tickets Moncton

July 29th, 2011: I will trade my two grandstand tickets for the U2 Moncton show for a musical instrument or any other interesting trade. Free tickets to U2 Details on the tickets are below. The show is coming so act fast!

My tickets for U2 and Arcade Fire in Moncton 2011…should I stay or should I go now?

Am I crazy to buy two tickets to U2 and Arcade Fire in Moncton? Maybe…but when they came on sale last winter I figured it is better to have two tickets instead of not have two tickets…and besides, Arcade Fire is super hot right now and U2 basically wrote much of the soundtrack of my ill-spent youth!

Trade anything for Free U2 Tickets ….you know you waaaaant them!

email me directly to buy the tickets at , I have the tickets here in Riverview New Brunswick  I can deliver them in the Moncton area!

So the U2 360 concert tour was cancelled last year because of grandpa bono falling off the stage…no problem…the group is back and will be touring with Arcade Fire the darlings of the indie pop scene in 2010 and who would have believed it if they were told that U2 and Arcade Fire would be playing in Moncton, New Brunswick on the Magnetic Hill grounds?!

I wouldn’t believe it! In fact when we moved out of the hustle and bustle of Quebec we thought we had left the metropolitan insanity of concerts in Montreal but no sooner had we arrived that we see that U2 was coming and no sooner had we un-packed our boxes that we realized that maybe Moncton, New Brunswick was actually the pop-culture center of the Maritimes? Arcade Fire? U2? Are you kidding me???

The first thing I did was run street to street and collect as many 10 cent deposit bottles and returnable pepsi cans until I had the $500 dollars for a pair of tickets from TicketMaster for some good stadium seats at the concert.

I mean, if I am going to watch The Edge and Bono rip out some hits like Beautiful Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m looking For then I want to not be just general seating on a mud soaked grassless pit rented by Donald K Donald or whoever is promoting this glam fest…oh no…I want to sit in the stands where I can enjoy my THC buzz in the (please please please) sunshine of a July concert on Magnetic Hill.

Free U2 Tickets Moncton Show:  I will trade my two grandstand tickets for the U2 Moncton show for a musical instrument or any other interesting trade. Free U2 Tickets Details on the tickets are below. The show is coming so act fast!

I haven’t paid for a pair of concert tickets in a long long time…last time was Chris Cornell live in Montreal…or hold on…no maybe it was The Tragically Hip…nope I didn’t pay for those tickets…

Having worked in some rep-house theatres like the Rialto in Montreal I saw some crazy acts like Janes Addiction, The Pixies, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Don’t get m,e wrong…living in the big MTL was great with so many concerts…so many great acts over the years and now to finally have a pair of tickets to the U2 Arcade Fire show in Moncton was getting my rock and roll blood boiling into a frothy disease like the good old days of weeks gone by!!

U2 Arcade Fire Tickets here in the grandstand...could be amazing!! Hmmmm...
Magnetic Hill U2 Moncton Arcade Fire Map

But do I really want to go to the show? The concert is going to be at 3pm which is great but we’re talking an outdoor show at Magnetic Hill concert grounds and it might be pouring down clumps of horrid rain which would slightly suck…I mean if you are looking for a Woodstock type of outdoor event where mud soaked adolescents are sliding through ponds full of muck while foggy decibels of “Beautiful Day” wash over us like a tidal bore then it might be ok.

But actually it could be an incredible moment, I mean seeing Arcade Fire on stage in a fairly small rural setting might be cool. Moncton is pretty cool and we live over the Peticodiac in Riverview so it is only a short ride to the show. And for the legends like U2 this is probably the last tour we can expect from these rockers. I remember when the War album came out I was a teenage wannabe living in Yellowknife and their music totally rocked my small town rhino world! Now a few years later having the tickets and the chance to see my past and present and watch the future over top of me is incredible! How could I say no to the chance!

Of course there are other big shows in the Maritimes and PEI has Meatloaf and Haywire at their Prince Edward Island Summerfest…OUCH! I think I would prefer Arcade Fire and U2 instead!! But when I hear songs like The Suburbs by Arcade Fire I wonder if I even want to see that…sitting in some Magnetic Hill outdoor park? Sorry but that song doesn’t do it for me! I think the producer could have ripped that song into something completely cool but it doesn’t sound like they had any will to polish it up. Oh well!

That being said, I might have to work that day so if anyone wants to buy my U2 Arcade Fire tickets for the Moncton show email me or get them on the Kijiji website here.

U2 Moncton Stage – Photo by Brian Bowes of the Times and Transcript


In no particular order, just some good stuff from US throughout the decades. To be hearing these on Magnetic Hill in Moncton will be mind blowing!

20. “Miss Sarajevo” (Original Soundtracks)
19. “Vertigo” (How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
18. “The Unforgettable Fire” (The Unforgettable Fire)
17. “Angel of Harlem” (Rattle and Hum)
16. “I Will Follow” (Boy)
15. “Bullet the Blue Sky” (Joshua Tree)
14. “40” (War)
13. “Acrobat” (Achtung Baby)
12. “Stay (Faraway, So Close)” (Zooropa)
11. “All I Want Is You” (Rattle and Hum)
10. “New Year’s Day” (War)
9. “Running To Stand Still” (Joshua Tree)
8. “Beautiful Day” (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
7. “Bad” (The Unforgettable Fire)
6. “With Or Without You” (Joshua Tree)
5. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (Joshua Tree)
4. “One” (Achtung Baby)
3. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (War)
2. “Where the Streets Have No Name” (Joshua Tree)
1. “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” (The Unforgettable Fire)

Just another list of some you probably know, I ;listen to them all on on the indie stations and they always sound good. Arcade Fire in Moncton…WTF is that cool or what…or as William Shatner might say…Weird or What!!

Power Out
Wake Up
Neon Bible
No Cars Go
My Body is a Cage
Ready To start
The Suburbs
Modern Man

Ok…so maybe I will go, sheesh I have the tickets already and it could be the epiphany concert moment of my life! U2 and Arcade Fire in Moncton T-Shirts should be pretty cool too!!!

Email me directly to buy the tickets at , I can deliver them in the Moncton area!