I’ve thought about this question before and between swimming events this morning I’m wondering about it again.
At VIA’s larger stations they have dedicated yard power. In Montreal it’s their sw1000’s and until last year it was the last F-unit in mainline service, VIA’s #6400 in Vancouver. When Halifax had a maintenance they used the power from whatever train came in or borrowed something from CN. I don’t know what they use on Toronto but they must have something.
Has anyone ever documented the typical train operations in major Canadian coach yards like these? Do VIA consists change much between trains and how much operational interest could that generate on a model railway? I remember some articles in Trains and Model Railroader magazine describing activities in similar terminals.
I think, when I get back home, I’ll start mapping out some typical movements and their consist changes. Eric Gagnon’s superb book will be a tremendous for this work.