On the train from Windsor to Toronto I chatted with Sharon Chapman, a lifelong Ontarian coming back from a brief trip visiting her family and childhood hometown of Sarnia, incidentally where the last Amtrak service to Canada in this part of the country passed through on its border crossing. As we talked, she recalled the trains from her childhood and talked about her two sons, who now live near her in Mississauga. Read more about her below:
WHERE DID YOUR TRIP START AND END?
Going home to Missisauga from Sarnia – I grew up there. It was great, I went boating, went to visit relatives, went to the casino, went to the cemetery, we’ve been driving around the old neighborhood, went shopping, which is a girl’s best friend.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL BY RAIL?
It was cheaper and faster. The last time I rode a train was ten years ago; it was totally different, you’re assigned to seating and before you weren’t. You could sit anywhere. You always made sure you had lots of money for the snacks too cuz they’re expensive.
DO YOU THINK YOU’LL TRAVEL BY RAIL AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Not right away. My uncle’s getting older and I thought I’d go see him before anything happened to him, family is very important to me.
IF YOU COULD IMPROVE ONE THING ABOUT TRAIN TRAVEL WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I wish there was more service, sometimes in Sarnia there was one or two a day and I said I’m not sitting on the train for that long no way. (If there were more trains) I would use it more. Just to Sarnia, though.