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Old 09-27-2013, 03:53 AM   #1
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Thumb Anyone put their bike on a train?

Looks like the last time this was discussed was here in 2006: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158151

I'm looking at riding the TCAT east-west from the East Coast to Vancouver Island next year.

The prospect of a return trip is a) very costly in terms of time out of work and gas/maintenance, and b) friggin' long!

I was wondering if anyone has done this, if anyone has any contacts/ideas for getting a bike on a train, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:07 AM   #2
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:42 AM   #3
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Here on The Rock a lot of people have a bike bought away in Alberta, Ontario etc and shipped via trucking company.
Never heard of train but don't they usually use containers?
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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The rail companies are not interested in small loads. They want you to ship at least a sea can (they are set up for intermodal transport). Some third party companies might put your bike in their sea can but rail is also slow.

I shipped a bike from ON to AB with a guy I found on UShip. He was excellent and he said he ships a lot of bikes across the country. I posted a couple of times here with his name and email. If you can't find it, send me a PM and I'll dig it up.

I got a few hits from house moving companies but they all wanted the bike drained of all fluids and dropped off at their depot, which wasn't an option for me.

You probably want to get the bike back to the mainland before shipping so you don't have to pay the ferry toll for a truck and trailer.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:15 PM   #5
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I had a friend put his bike on a train years ago to ship to BC. I don't know why he chose that way of shipping it though. This was in the days before the internet and forums to find alternate ways, so that may have something to do with it.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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I shipped from Nanaimo...

to Rotterdam in 2003.

I crated it and it went by rail to Montreal, or Halifax, can't remember.

Time to Rotterdam was 30 to 40 days, so to Montreal or east won't take too long.

The hassel was doing the crate, the rest was easy.


The other option is to drop down into the USA and ship from there. I did that a couple times. No crating. Just pre-arrange a shipper, drop the bike at a dealer, ($100 service fee) and they hand it off to the carrier. Then find a dealer or shop that will accept it somewhere near the border and do the same.

I did this last year between Phoenix & Bellingham Wash, reasonable price and easy.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #7
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A friend of mine works for CP Rail. He always jokes that they are "delivering last years freight, some time next month."

Plan wisely...
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:09 PM   #8
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Check with VIA Rail they might be able to take your bike in a baggage car of a passenger train.


Here's a link to a bikes by train story, http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=479466

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Old 10-06-2013, 02:20 AM   #9
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Check with VIA Rail they might be able to take your bike in a baggage car of a passenger train.


Here's a link to a bikes by train story, http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=479466

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I believe the Polar Bear Express is the only train left in Canada that is a passenger and freight train together, but I could be wrong.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:51 AM   #10
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Uship

I had a bike shipped from Halifax to Toronto this summer with a moving company. Was cheap is the most I can say, I picked the wrong guy. Truck broke bown and I drove 5 hours to get my bike, they waited 8 hours for the ass to show up to the truck. But it only cost me 50 bucks to ship so I can't complain too much.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:16 PM   #11
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I believe the Polar Bear Express is the only train left in Canada that is a passenger and freight train together, but I could be wrong.
The Bud Car & Via will take small loads (i.e. canoes) but I think they require you to be a passenger on the train with your stuff.
Had some fun adventures around the Missinaibi area getting dropped off by train with a canoe & pack and paddling out.

No vehicles allowed though.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #12
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I used ForwardAir for shipping in the US. Professional, reliable, on time.

An option is to ride from Vancouver to Seattle (very close, about 3 hours), give your bike to ForwardAir (read their rules) to ship to the closest US city from your house they service.
Fly home from Seattle and pick up your bike just a few days later.
Ship tools and such in your panniers.

https://www.forwardair.com/servlet/f...PrepaidServlet
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