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All aboard? Man tries to scale Via Rail train

Workers stopped the man as he tried to climb on top of a Via Rail train that left Ottawa for Montreal on Wednesday afternoon.

Via Rail spotted a man climbing aboard their train from Ottawa to Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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Via Rail spotted a man climbing aboard their train from Ottawa to Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

One of the most comfortable ways to travel may be aboard a train, but that sentiment likely doesn’t hold if you’re sitting on top of the rail car.

Nonetheless, Via Rail spotted a man literally climbing aboard their train from Ottawa to Montreal yesterday, said Via Rail spokesperson Mariam Diaby.

“A person did try to climb on the train at Dorval Station,” she said. “But our crew saw it immediately and so the police were called.”

At no point was the train moving while the person was atop the train, she said, adding that there was never any threat to passengers or bystanders.

Montreal police were not immediately available for comment. There is no word on whether the man was charged, or if he had intended to ride the train.

Diaby says climbing atop a train is dangerous and presents a risk to passengers, Via Rail staff and the person doing the climbing.