Picked up a schedule for our often-maligned and frequently threatened commuter bus service — now that I’m working in Ottawa again, it’s good to do a little homework, especially since the car’s been acting up lately and my commuting partner is on holidays this week.
I also happen to have a copy of the CPR’s passenger train schedule for the line that used to run through this region — from the summer of 1928. I thought it would be interesting to compare the two schedules. Here is the weekday afternoon bus of today compared with CPR Train #543 of 1928, which was also a weekday-only service:
|Bus, 2007||Train, 1928|
|Ottawa||3:45 PM*||3:40 PM|
|Quyon||5:05 PM||4:55 PM|
|Shawville||5:20 PM||5:29 PM|
|Campbell’s Bay||5:40 PM||5:47 PM|
|Fort Coulonge||5:45 PM||6:25 PM|
|Waltham||6:05 PM||6:55 PM|
It’s interesting that the 1928 train and 2007 bus leave within five minutes of one another (at least from my arbitrary start point; the bus starts from the station at 3:30 PM). The 1928 train is faster through the city, as you might expect from a train (especially one in a conurbation that was then much smaller), but steadily loses time versus the 2007 bus (which has the reputation of being driven by a maniac).