VIA Rail Canada

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VIA Rail Logo.png
Area Served Canada
Founded January 12, 1977
Headquarters Montréal, Québec, Canada
Executive Cynthia Garneau, President & CEO
Fleet Size 73 (locomotives)
501 (passenger/baggage cars)
Number Of Routes 14
Ridership 4,740,000 (2018)
Website viarail.ca

VIA Rail Canada is a Crown entity charged with providing and maintaining passenger rail service across Canada.

It is not a Crown Corporation, and therefore is incapable of sourcing funding outside of its yearly grants from the Federal Government.

VIA uses the same 480Vac (500Vac nominal) HEP system as Amtrak, however VIA's is a two-sided system, with two separate HEP buses in each car.

Stations

See List of VIA Rail stations

Routes

Current

Former

Active Roster

Locomotive

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number CN Class Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
HEP Generator Notes
201-204 1966-67 EMD SW1000 GS-10 8V645E
1000hp
62:15
65mph
None
  • Ex-Inland Steel 115-118; purchased in 1987.
  • 201 and 203 retired and sold.
900-920 VIA Rail Canada 913-a.jpg
VIA Rail Canada 920-c.jpg
2001 GE P42DC EPA-42a 7FDL16
4140hp
74:29
110mph
800kW GTA33A1 alternator driven by main engine.
2200-2231 VIA Rail Canada 2201-b.jpg 2021-2024 Siemens SCV-42
Charger
16V-QSK95
4200 hp
200 km/h 600 kW 3-phase static inverter powered by main engine
  • Part of fixed trainsets with Venture cars
  • Currently being delivered
  • Entered service on November 8, 2022 on Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec services.
6400-6419 VIA Rail Canada 6410-a.jpg 1986-1987 GMDD F40PH-2 GPA-30H* 16V645E3C
3000hp
58:19
90mph*
Secondary 500kW alternator driven by CAT C-18 engine
  • 6400 retired.
  • Originally GPA-30a, rebuilt to -30H in 2006-12.
  • 6403 renumbered to 6459.
6420-6429 VIA Rail Canada 6428-a.jpg 1987 GMDD F40PH-3 GPA-30H* 16V645E3C
3000hp
58:19
90mph*
Secondary 500kW alternator driven by CAT C-18 engine
  • 6422-6423 retired.
  • Originally GPA-30b, rebuilt to -30H in 2009-2012.
6430-6458 VIA Rail Canada 6442-a.jpg 1989 GMDD F40PH-3 GPA-30H* 16V645E3C
3000hp
58:19
90mph*
Secondary 500kW alternator driven by CAT C-18 engine
  • 6430, 6447, 6450 are retired.
  • Originally GPA-30c, rebuilt to -30H in 2009-2012.

Multiple Units

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number CN Class Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
Seating Notes
6105 1957 Budd RDC-1 90 seats
  • Ex-CN 6105, née-CN D105.
6208, 6217, 6219 1956-58 Budd RDC-2 70 seats
  • 6208 ex-CN 6208.
  • 6217, 6219 ex-CP 9119, 9115.
6250-6251 1955 Budd RDC-4 Baggage
  • 6250 ex-CN 6450, née-CN D450.
  • 6251 ex-CP 9251.

Passenger Cars

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Type Capacity Notes
1720-1722 VIA Rail Canada 1722-a.jpg 2000 Colorado Railcar Glass-Roofed Coach 66 seats
  • Ex-BCR; purchased in 2002.
  • Used on Skeena and Canadian.
1750 VIA Rail Canada 1750-a.jpg
VIA Rail Canada 1750-b.jpg
1954 CC&F Lounge Car 56 seats
  • Ex-BCR, exx-Funtrain 5585, exxx-VIA 5585, née-CN 5585.
  • Named "Glenfraser"; used for corporate events and private charters.
2300-2331 VIA Rail Canada 2300-a.jpg 2021-2024 Siemens Venture
Economy class cab car
62?
2600-2631?
2700-2731?
2021-2024 Siemens Venture
Business class car
50
  • 2600-series cars are end cars.
2800-2831?
2900-2931?
2021-2024 Siemens Venture
Economy class car
70
3248 1954 CC&F Snack-bar Coach 72 seats
  • Ex-VIA 5454, née-CN 5454.
  • Used on Northern Manitoba services.
3300-3349 VIA Rail Canada 3333-a.jpg 1981-82 BBD LRC Coach 68 seats
  • Used in Corridor.
  • 3349 retired due to fire/derailment damage.
3350-3372 VIA Rail Canada 3356-a.jpg 1984 BBD LRC Coach 68 seats
  • Used in Corridor.
  • 3373-3399 converted to club cars in 1985.
3451-3475 VIA Rail Canada 3450-a.jpg
VIA Rail Canada 3458-a.jpg
1984 BBD LRC Club 46 seats
  • Ex-3375-3399, converted from standard coaches in 1985.
  • Used in Corridor.
  • 3457 retired due to fire/derailment damage.
3477-3478 VIA Rail Canada 3600-a.jpg 1984 BBD LRC Club 46 seats
  • Ex-3600-3601; converted from standard coaches 3373-3374 in 2002.
  • Used in Corridor.
4000-4006 VIA Rail Canada 4005-a.jpg 1949 Budd HEP2 Club 56 seats
  • Ex-Amtrak, née-SOU/L&N; purchased in late-1980s/early-1990s.
  • Used in Corridor and on Skeena during summer season.
4007-4009 VIA Rail Canada 4009-a.jpg
VIA Rail Canada 4007-b.jpg
1947 Budd HEP2 Club 56 seats
  • Ex-Amtrak, née-SAL/PRR; purchased in late-1980s/early-1990s.
  • Rebuilt to club cars in 2000.
  • Used in Corridor and on Skeena during summer season.
4100-4125 VIA Rail Canada 4121-a.jpg
VIA Rail Canada 4114-a.jpg
1947-53 Budd HEP2 Coach 68 seats
  • Ex-Amtrak, née-various; purchased in late-1980s/early-1990s.
  • 4123-4125 converted to club in 2000.
  • Used in Corridor and on Northern Quebec services.
5648-5649 1954 CC&F Combine Unknown
  • Ex-CN 5648-5649; converted to combine cars in 1998.
  • Used on Northern Manitoba services.
7000-7011 VIA Rail Canada 7003-a.jpg 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Baggage None
  • Built as sleeper shells.
  • 7000/06/10 converted to Baggage Transition 7600-7602 in 2005.
  • Used in Corridor and on Ocean.
7100-7113 VIA Rail Canada 7105-a.jpg 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Club 48 seats
  • Used in Corridor.
7200-7232 VIA Rail Canada 7228-a.jpg 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Coach 48 seats
  • Used in Corridor and on Ocean.
7300-7316 VIA Rail Canada 7315-a.jpg 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Service Car 1 bedroom
  • Used in Corridor and on Ocean.
7400-7402 VIA Rail Canada 7400-a.jpg 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Dining Car 48 seats
  • Were to be built as sleeper cars but unfinished.
  • Used in conjuction with two Renaissance Service cars.
  • Used on Ocean.
7500-7526 VIA Rail Canada 7514-a.jpg 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Sleeper 10 bedrooms
  • Used on Ocean.
7600-7602 1995-96 Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
'Renaissance' Transition Baggage None
  • Were to be built as sleeper cars but unfinished.
  • Former Renaissance Baggage 7000/06/10.
  • Used on Ocean.
8100-8127, 8129 VIA Rail Canada 8108-a.jpg
VIA Rail Canada 8102-a.jpg
1955 Budd Long Distance Coach 62 seats
  • Ex-CPR 100-127, 129.
  • Used everywhere.
  • 8111, 8114-8115, 8121 retired.
8130-8147 VIA Rail Canada 8140-a.jpg 1946-47 Budd Long Distance Coach 62 seats
  • Ex-Amtrak, née-various; purchased in late-1980s/early-1990s.
  • Used everywhere.
  • 8136 stored due to derailment damage.
8201-8229
88201-88229
VIA Rail Canada 88226-a.jpg 1955 Budd 'Chateau' Sleeper Sleeper class: 3 sections, 8 roomettes, 1 drawing room, 3 double bedrooms
Prestige class: 6 prestige bedrooms
  • Ex-VIA 14201-14229, née-CPR 14201-14229.
  • Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
  • Cars with a 5-digit fleet number starting with 8 have been converted for "Prestige class", with 6 Prestige bedrooms.
8301-8342 VIA Rail Canada 8319-a.jpg 1955 Budd 'Manor' Sleeper 3 sections, 4 roomettes, 1 compartment, 5 double bedrooms
  • Ex-VIA 14301-14342, née-CPR 14301-14342.
  • Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
  • 14304, 8323 retired.
8401-8418 VIA Rail Canada 8409-a.jpg 1955 Budd Dining Car 48 seats
  • Ex-VIA 16501-16518, née-CPR 16501-16518.
  • Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
  • 16503, 16505, 16516, 8406, 8417 retired.
8500-8517 VIA Rail Canada 8511-a.jpg 1955 Budd Skyline Dome-Lounge 48 seats
  • Ex-VIA 500-517, née-CPR 500-517.
  • Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
  • 508 and 513 retired, 8514 stored with fire damage.
8600-8617 VIA Rail Canada 8613-a.jpg 1955 Budd Baggage Car None
  • Ex-VIA 600-617, exx-CPR 600-617, née-CPR 3000-3017.
  • Used everywhere.
  • 3011, 3014, 603, 617, 8607 retired; 8610 stored due to derailment damage.
8618-8623 VIA Rail Canada 8619-a.jpg 1963 Budd Baggage Car None
  • Ex-Amtrak, née-UP; purchased in late-1980s/early-1990s.
  • Used everywhere.
8702-8718
88702-88718
VIA Rail Canada 8707-a.jpg 1954 Budd Park Dome-Sleeper-Observation Car Park car: 24 seats, 1 drawing room, 3 double bedrooms
'Prestige' Park car: ? seats, 1 accessible bedroom, 1 'Prestige' bedroom
  • Ex-VIA 15501-15518, exx-VIA 15401-15418, née-CPR 15401-15418.
  • Used on Canadian, Skeena and Ocean.
  • 15405, 15501, 15512-15513 retired.
  • Cars with a 5-digit fleet number starting with 8 have been converted for "Prestige class".
9631 1955 NSC Baggage Car None
  • Nee-CN.
  • Used on Northern Manitoba services.

Retired Roster

Locomotives

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number CN Class Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
HEP/Steam Generator Notes
1400, 1402-1404 1953 GMDD FP7A DPA-15a 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-CP 1400, 1402-1404; née-CP 4100, 4102-4104.
1405-1407, 1409-1414 1954 GMDD FP9A DPA-17a 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-CP 1405-1407, 1409-1414.
1416, 1418 1952 GMDD FP7A DPA-15b 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-CP 1416, 1418; née-CP 4058, 4060.
1422-1425 1952 GMDD FP7A DPA-15c 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-CP 1422-1425, née-CP 4066-4069.
1432 1951 GMDD FP7A DPA-15b 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-CP 1432, née-CP 4041.
1961-1965 1954 GMDD F9B DPB-17 16V567C
1750 hp
Unknown 2 Vapor-OK steam generators
  • Ex-CP 4473-4475, 4477-4478.
  • 1962-1964 renumbered to 6651-6653.
1800, 1802 Renumbered to 1898-1899
1898-1899 1949 GMDD E8A DPA-22a 2x 12V567B
2250hp
Unknown 2 Vapor-OK steam generators
  • Ex-1800, 1802, née-CP 1800, 1802.
6300-6304 1954-57 GMDD FP9ARM GPA-418a 16V645C
1800hp
58:19
89mph
6300/02 had 275kW HEP package installed in 1997, all units rebuilt without steam generators.
  • Remanufactured from FP9 units in 1983-84.
6305-6314 1954-57 GMDD FP9ARM GPA-418b 16V645C
1800hp
58:19
89mph
6304/07/08/11/13 had 275kW HEP package installed in 1997, all rebuilt with 1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator.
  • Remanufactured from FP9 units in 1984-85.
6501-6502, 6504-6512 VIA Rail Canada 6510-a.jpg 1954-55 GMDD FP9A GPA-17a 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6501-6502, 6504-6512.
6513 1955 GMDD FP9A GPA-17b 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6513.
6514-6516, 6518-6522 VIA Rail Canada 6516-a.jpg 1957 GMDD FP9A GPA-17c 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6514-6516, 6518-6522.
6523-6532 VIA Rail Canada 6525-a.jpg 1957 GMDD FP9A GPA-17d 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6523-6532.
6533-6537, 6539-6542 VIA Rail Canada 6540-a.jpg 1958 GMDD FP9A GPA-17e 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6533-6537, 6539-6542.
6550, 6553 1953 GMDD FP7A GPA-17f 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-1400, 1404; exx-CP 1400, 1404; née-CP 40xx.
6557 1954 GMDD FP9A GPA-17g 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-1409; née-CPR 1409.
6566, 6569 1952 GMDD FP7A GPA-17k 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Ex-1422, 1425; née-CPR 4066, 4069.
6602-6607, 6610-6612 1954-55 GMDD F9B GPB-17a 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6602-6607, 6610-6612.
6613 1955 GMDD F9B GPB-17b 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6613.
6614-6620 1957 GMDD F9B GPB-17c 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6614-6620.
6621-6630 1957 GMDD F9B GPB-17d 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6621-6630.
6631-6637 1958 GMDD F9B GPB-17e 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6631-6637.
6651-6653 1954 GMDD F9B GPB-17f 16V567C
1750hp
unknown 2 Vapor-OK steam generators
  • Nee CPR 4474-4475, 4477.
6758-6759 1955 MLW FPA-2u MPA-18c 12V-251B*
1800hp
62:21
92mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6758-6759.
6760-6765 VIA Rail Canada 6760-a.jpg 1958 MLW FPA-4 MPA-18a 12V-251B
1800hp
62:21
92mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6760-6765.
6767-6791, 6793 VIA Rail Canada 6769-a.jpg 1959 MLW FPA-4 MPA-18b 12V-251B
1800hp
62:21
92mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6767-6791, 6793.
6858-6859 1955 MLW FPB-2u MPB-18c 12V-251B*
1800hp
62:21
92mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6858-6859.
6860-6866 VIA Rail Canada 6865-a.jpg 1958 MLW FPB-4 MPB-18a 12V-251B
1800hp
62:21
92mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6860-6865.
6867-6871 1959 MLW FPB-4 MPB-18b 12V-251B
1800hp
62:21
92mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6867-6871.
6900-6920 VIA Rail Canada 6904-a.jpg 1980-82 BBD LRC-2 MPA-27a 16V-251F
3750hp*
71:32
130mph
2x 250kW Stamford C534B alternator driven by main engine.
6921-6930 VIA Rail Canada 6921-a.jpg 1983 BBD LRC-3 MPA-27b 16V-251F
3750hp*
57:20
103mph
2x 250kW Stamford C534B alternator driven by main engine
8558 1956 MLW RS-10 DRS-16e 12V-244
1600hp
74:18
65mph
None

Passenger Cars

This list is incomplete.

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Type Year Manufacturer Capacity Notes
321-323, 340-344,
350-355, 360-376
Tempo 1967 Hawker-Siddley
  • Ex-CN 320-324, 340-344, 360-374.
  • 14 cars sold to Ansco Ski Train in 1987.
  • 7 cars sold to CFRR/QIT-Fer et Titane in 1987-92.
2700-2705 Full-length dome 1952 Pullman-Standard


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Current Routes
Corridor Montréal-Québec - Ottawa-Montréal - Sarnia-Toronto - Toronto-Montréal - Toronto-Ottawa - Windsor-Toronto - Toronto-Kingston - Toronto-London - Ottawa-Montréal-Quebec City - Maple Leaf
Long Distance Canadian - Prince Rupert-Jasper - Montréal-Gaspé - Montréal-Jonquière - Montréal-Senneterre - Ocean - White River-Sudbury - Churchill-Winnipeg
Current Fleet
Locomotives 201-204 900-920 6401-6402 6404-6459
Passenger cars 1720-1722 1750 3248 3300-3372 3451-3475, 3477-3478 4000-4009 4100-4125 7000-7011 7100-7113 7200-7232 7300-7316 7400-7402 7500-7526 7600-7602 8100-8147 8201-8229 8301-8342 8401-8418 8500-8517 8600-8616 8618-8623 8702-8718
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