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Who’s the biggest railfan? We found him!

January 17th 2013 by Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

You say you love taking the train? The relaxation of not having to drive, the soothing chug-chug sound… well you’re not alone. “Railfans” have practically been around since the creation of the rail system itself and they are exactly what their self-appointed title aptly describes: train enthusiasts.

One quick google search will land you smack in the middle of all kinds of railfan sites. From blogs, to train photography and videos, to track jargon websites; you can find the most astounding amount of information about VIA Rail and any other train system on the planet through the internet.

But, for those of you who think they might be among the biggest or most enthusiastic railfans, well, our latest discovery might challenge your understanding of the word. Perhaps “railfan” is simply not a strong enough description for Jason Shron. In fact, once you watch Jason’s recently published video, you may just decide to concede the “most avid railfan” award you’ve been vying for.

The title of Jason’s recently published video, “The Guy With the Train in his Basement” says it all. Even we at VIA Rail could hardly believe his dedication – nay, devotion – to railroading! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take a look at how one man spent the last 4 1/2 years’ of his life making his biggest dream come true.

Here is one train that will never be sold out, will always have a nice comfy spot to relax in, and boy, his kids are going to have fun in it! But Jason, did you remember to install the world-class WiFi system in it too?

Here’s to Jason, whose passion for trains is awe-inspiring, even to VIA Rail – the biggest railfans of all!

About Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed President and CEO of VIA Rail in May, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. He has over 30 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.
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