VTS: A Canadian Rail Adventure in 1974


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018
You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.
Cost:  Free!

Please register by 5 pm Monday, November 16.

Webinar login details will be provided by 10 am Tuesday, November 17.
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Speaker:   Ken Briers
                 National Capital Chapter cashier

                 Parsons Transportation Group (ret.)

                 Vice Chair

                 Rail Passengers Association

Topic:      A Canadian Rail Adventure in 1974

  Date and Time




  • Date: 17 Nov 2020
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Washington, District of Columbia
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  • Send your reservation with your name, and IEEE Membership status to vts.ltc.dc@gmail.com as soon as possible. Registrations will be taken up to 5 pm on Monday, November 16.

  • Starts 12 November 2020 12:44 PM
  • Ends 16 November 2020 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Ken Briers Ken Briers of Rail Passengers Association (formerly NARP)


A Canadian Rail Adventure in 1974

In October 1974 Ken rode The Canadian, from Montreal to Vancouver, on CP Rail.  While planning to stop over in Banff, he secured a locomotive cab ride over Kicking Horse Pass, through the spiral tunnels, spent the night with the crew, and returned to Banff the next day.  While in Vancouver, he took a ferry to Vancouver Island and rode the Esquimalt and Nanaimo RR.  Returning to Vancouver, Ken rode the Super Continental to Toronto on Canadian National, then the Toronto, Hamilton, & Buffalo, and Amtrak, to DC.


This presentation is a digitized set of slides he took on that trip along with stories about this once-in-a-lifetime trip on many trains that no longer exist.


Ken Briers in a native of Baltimore, a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Maryland, with a BS Degree in Transportation Logistics.  He was a Conductor and Locomotive Engineer for Penn Central, Conrail, and Amtrak, and later, an Operations Analyst for DeLeuw Cather and Parsons Transportation Group, retiring in 2009.  He resides in Washington, DC, within walking distance of Union Station.

Address:Washington, District of Columbia, United States


  • 12:00 am - Lunch and social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn



  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact David Johnson <djohnsonrail at ieee.org> or Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy.com>

Future Meetings:

  • December 8 -- TBD, speaker needed!
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11