VIA Rail Canada

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Area Served Canada
Founded 1978
Fleet Size
Number Of Routes
Ridership

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

Past

Locomotive Roster

Active Roster

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number CN Class Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
HEP Generator Notes
201-204 1966-1967 EMD SW1000 GS-10 8V645E
1000hp
62:15
65mph
None
  • Built as Inland Steel 115-118, purchased by VIA Rail 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.
  • Order built as addition to final Amtrak P42DC order and to Amtrak specs (with a couple of modifications).
  • When HEP engaged available horsepower for traction is 3540hp less required for HEP.
  • Most are wrapped in silver and yellow scheme
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
  • All units limited to 90mph when delivered, but have been modified to allow for 95mph with no physical changes.
  • 6400 removed from roster.
  • Originally GPA-30a, all but one rebuilt to -30H in 2009-2012.
    • 6400 rebuilt to -30d in 2006.
  • HEP originally driven by main engine.
  • 6403 was renumbered 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
  • All units limited to 90mph when delivered, but have been modified to allow for 95mph with no physical changes.
  • 6422 & 6423 removed from roster.
  • Originally GPA-30b, rebuilt to -30H in 2009-2012.
  • HEP originally driven by main engine.
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
  • 6430-6436 have been modified to allow for 95mph with no physical changes.
  • 6430, 6447 & 6450 are removed from roster.
  • Originally GPA-30c, rebuilt to -30H in 2009-2012.
  • HEP originally driven by main engine.

Retired Roster

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number CN Class Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
HEP/Steam Generator Notes
6300-6303 Rebuilt 1983-84, built 1954-1957 GMDD FP9Au 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 in 6500-6542 series at Pointe Ste. Charles or Moncton.
  • All retired and removed from roster.
  • Unit 6300 still on property at VMC yard as yard switcher.
6304-6314 Rebuilt 1984-85, built 1954-1957 GMDD FP9Au 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 in 6500-6542 series at Pointe Ste. Charles or Moncton.
  • All retired and removed from roster (6309 still owned by VIA Rail).
6501-6502, 6504-6512 VIA Rail Canada 6510-a.jpg Built 1954-55 GMDD FP9 GPA-17a 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Nee CN 6500-6512.
  • 6500 and 6503 never made it to VIA.
  • Some rebuilt to 6300-series, rest retired and sold or scrapped before 1992.
6513 Built 1955 GMDD FP9 GPA-17b 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Nee CN 6513.
  • Retired and sold or scrapped between 1987 and 1992.
6514-6516, 6518-6521 VIA Rail Canada 6516-a.jpg Built 1957 GMDD FP9 GPA-17c 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Nee CN 6514-6522
  • 6517 never made it to VIA.
  • Some rebuilt to 6300-series, rest retired and sold or scrapped before 1992.
6523-6532 VIA Rail Canada 6525-a.jpg Built 1957 GMDD FP9 GPA-17d 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Nee CN 6523-6532.
  • Some rebuilt to 6300-series, rest retired and sold or scrapped before 1992.
6533-6537, 6539-6542 VIA Rail Canada 6540-a.jpg Built 1958 GMDD FP9 GPA-17e 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Nee CN 6533-6542
  • 6538 never made it to VIA.
  • Some rebuilt to 6300-series, rest retired and sold or scrapped before 1992.
6550, 6553 Built 1953 GMDD FP9 GPA-17f 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Nee CPR FP7 1400 & 1404.
  • Rebuilt for VIA by CN.
  • Rest retired and sold or scrapped before 1992.
6557 Built 1954 GMDD FP9 GPA-17g 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Nee CPR FP9 1409.
  • Rebuilt for VIA by CN.
  • Retired and sold before 1992.
6566, 6569 Built 1952 GMDD FP9 GPA-17k 16V567C
1750hp
Unknown 1 Vapor-OK steam generator
  • Nee CPR FP7 4066 & 4069.
  • Rebuilt for VIA by CN.
  • 6566 retired and scrapped in 1986.
  • 6569 retired and sold before 1992.
6602-6607, 6610-6612 Built 1954-55 GMDD F9B GPB-17a 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Nee CN 6600-6612.
  • 6600/01 and 6508/09 never made it to VIA.
  • All retired and sold or scrapped by 1990.
6613 Built 1955 GMDD F9B GPB-17b 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Nee CN 6613.
  • Unit retired and sold or scrapped by 1990.
6614-6620 Built 1957 GMDD F9B GPB-17c 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Nee CN 6614-6620.
  • All retired and sold or scrapped between 1985 and 1990.
6621-6630 Built 1957 GMDD F9B GPB-17d 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Nee CN 6621-6630.
  • All retired and sold or scrapped between 1985 and 1990.
6631-6637 Built 1958 GMDD F9B GPB-17e 16V567C
1750hp
58:19
89mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Nee CN 6631-6637.
  • All retired and sold or scrapped between 1986 and 1990.
6651-6653 Built 1954 GMDD F9B GPB-17f 16V567C
1750hp
unknown 2 Vapor-OK steam generators
  • Nee CPR 4474-4475, 4477.
  • Units rebuilt by CN and CPR for VIA.
  • All retired and sold or scrapped between 1989 and 1990.
6758-6759 Built 1955, rebuilt 1958 MLW FPA-2u MPA-18c 12V-251B*
1800hp
62:21
92mph
1 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generator
  • Ex-CN 6758 and 6759.
  • Built with 12V-244@1600hp.
  • Both retired by 1987.
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.
  • All retired by 1989.
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.
  • All retired by 1989.
6858-6859 Built 1955, rebuilt 1958 MLW FPB-2u MPB-18c 12V-251B*
1800hp
62:21
92mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6858 and 6859.
  • Built with 12V-244@1600hp.
  • Both retired in 1985.
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.
  • All retired by 1989.
6867-6871 1959 MLW FPB-4 MPB-18b 12V-251B
1800hp
62:21
92mph
2 Vapor-OK 4625 steam generators
  • Ex-CN 6867-6871.
  • All retired by 1989.
6900-6920 VIA Rail Canada 6904-a.jpg 1980-1982 BBD LRC-2 MPA-27a 16V-251F
3750hp*
71:32
130mph
2x 250kW Stamford C534B alternator driven by main engine.
  • Units have only 2700hp available for traction at any time.
  • All units retired and removed from roster.
  • 6907/14/17/19 still on property.
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
  • Units have only 2700hp available for traction at any time.
  • All units retired and removed from roster (6921 still owned by VIA Rail).
8558 1956 MLW RS-10 Unknown 12V-244
1600hp
74:18
65mph
None
  • Ex-CPR 8558.
  • Only hood unit transferred to VIA Rail.
  • Retired in 1982.

Rolling Stock Roster

Active Roster

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Type Year Manufacturer Capacity Notes
1720-1722 VIA Rail Canada 1722-a.jpg Glass-Roofed Coach 2000
Acquired 2002
Colorado Railcar 66 seats
1750 VIA Rail Canada 1750-a.jpg Lounge Car 1954 CC&F 56 seats
  • Ex-BCR.
  • Ex-Funtrain 5585.
  • Ex-VIA Coach 5585.
  • Nee-CN.
  • Also known as the "Glenfraser" car, it is used only for private charters and corporate events.
3248 Snack-bar Coach 1954 CC&F 72 seats
  • Ex-VIA Coach 5454
  • Nee-CN.
  • Used on Northern Manitoba services.
3300-3349 VIA Rail Canada 3333-a.jpg LRC Coach 1981-1982 BBD 68 seats
  • First new equipment purchased by VIA Rail.
  • Used in Corridor.
  • 3349 retired due to fire/derailment damage.
3350-3372 VIA Rail Canada 3356-a.jpg LRC Coach 1984 BBD 68 seats
  • Second order of LRC equipment, built as 3350-3399.
  • 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

LRC Club Built 1984, converted 1985 BBD 46 seats
  • Second order of LRC equipment, ex-3375-3399.
  • Used in Corridor.
  • 3457 retired due to fire/derailment damage.
3477-3478 VIA Rail Canada 3600-a.jpg LRC Club Built 1984, converted 2002 BBD 46 seats
  • Second order of LRC equipment, ex-3373-3374.
  • Used in Corridor.
  • Originally numbered 3600-3601.
4000-4006 VIA Rail Canada 4005-a.jpg HEP2 Club Built 1949
rebuilt 1995-1996
Budd
AMF Technotransport
56 seats
  • Second-hand equipment purchased in late-1980ies/early-1990ies to allow younger "Blue and Yellow" cars to be retired.
  • All cars built for SOU/L&N combined services.
  • Used in Corridor and on Skeena during summer season.
4007-4009 VIA Rail Canada 4009-a.jpg HEP2 Club Built 1947
rebuilt 1995-1996*
Budd
AMF Technotransport
56 seats
  • Second-hand equipment purchased in late-1980ies/early-1990ies to allow younger "Blue and Yellow" cars to be retired.
  • Cars rebuilt to club cars in 2000.
  • All cars built for SAL/PRR combined services.
  • Used in Corridor and on Skeena during summer season.
4100-4125 VIA Rail Canada 4121-a.jpg HEP2 Coach Built 1947-1953
rebuilt 1995-1996
Budd
AMF Technotransport
68 seats
  • Second-hand equipment purchased in late-1980ies/early-1990ies to allow younger "Blue and Yellow" cars to be retired.
  • Cars built and operated by a variety of different American railroads, although most ended up on Amtrak.
  • 4123-4125 converted to club in 2000.
  • Used in Corridor and on Northern Quebec services.
5648-5649 Combine 1954, converted 1998 CC&F Unknown
  • Ex-VIA Coaches 5648-5649
  • Nee-CN.
  • Used on Northern Manitoba services.
6105 RDC-1 1957 Budd 90 seats
6208 RDC-2 1958 Budd 70 seats
6217 RDC-2 1958 Budd 70 seats
6219 RDC-2 1956 Budd 70 seats
6250 RDC-4 1955 Budd Baggage
6251 RDC-4 1955 Budd Baggage
7000-7011 VIA Rail Canada 7003-a.jpg 'Renaissance' Baggage Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
None
  • Were to be built as sleeper cars but unfinished.
  • 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 'Renaissance' Club Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
48 seats
  • Used in Corridor.
7200-7232 VIA Rail Canada 7228-a.jpg 'Renaissance' Coach Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
48 seats
  • Used in Corridor and on Ocean.
7300-7316 VIA Rail Canada 7315-a.jpg 'Renaissance' Service Car Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
1 bedroom
  • Used in Corridor and on Ocean.
7400-7402 VIA Rail Canada 7400-a.jpg 'Renaissance' Dining Car Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
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 'Renaissance' Sleeper Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
10 bedrooms
  • Used on Ocean.
7600-7602 'Renaissance' Transition Baggage Built 1995-1996
converted 2001-2003 and 2005.
Metropolitan-Cammell
BBD
None
  • Were to be built as sleeper cars but unfinished.
  • Former Renaissance Baggage 7000/06/10.
  • Used on Ocean.
8100-8129 VIA Rail Canada 8108-a.jpg Long Distance Coach 1955 Budd 62 seats
  • Nee-CPR 100-129 (128 retired in 1968).
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • Used everywhere.
  • 8111/14/15/21 retired.
8130-8147 VIA Rail Canada 8140-a.jpg Long Distance Coach Built 1946-1947
rebuilt 1992-1994
Budd
Septa Rail*
62 seats
  • 8130/31/34/35/37/40/42/43/45/46 finished by AMF Technotransport after bankruptcy of Septa Rail in 1993.
  • Second-hand equipment purchased in late-1980ies/early-1990ies to allow younger "Blue and Yellow" cars to be retired.
  • Cars built and operated by a variety of different American railroads, although most ended up on Amtrak.
  • Used everywhere.
  • 8136 stored due to derailment damage.
8201-8229

88201-88229

VIA Rail Canada 88226-a.jpg 'Chateau' Sleeper 1955 Budd Sleeper class: 3 sections, 8 roomettes, 1 drawing room, 3 double bedrooms

Prestige class: 6 prestige bedrooms

  • Ex-VIA 14201-14229.
  • Nee-CPR.
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • All cars named with "Chateau"-prefix.
  • 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 'Manor' Sleeper 1955 Budd 3 sections, 4 roomettes, 1 compartment, 5 double bedrooms
  • Ex-VIA 14301-14342.
  • Nee-CPR.
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • All cars named with "Manor"-prefix. 14304 and 8323 retired. Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
8401-8418 VIA Rail Canada 8409-a.jpg Dining Car 1955 Budd 48 seats
  • Ex-VIA 16501-16518.
  • Nee-CPR.
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • All cars named after famous CPR hotels.
  • Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
  • 16503, 16505, 16516, 8406 and 8417 retired.
8500-8517 VIA Rail Canada 8511-a.jpg Skyline Dome-Lounge 1955 Budd 48 seats
  • Ex-VIA 500-517
  • Nee-CPR.
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • Cars not named individually, but all cars feature "Skyline" before car number.
  • Used on Canadian and Chaleur.
  • 508 and 513 retired, 8514 stored with fire damage.
8600-8616 VIA Rail Canada 8613-a.jpg Baggage Car 1955 Budd None
  • Ex-VIA 600-617
  • Ex-CPR 600-617
  • Nee-CPR 3000-3017.
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • Used everywhere.
  • 3011, 3014, 603, 617, 8607 retired.
  • 8610 stored due to derailment damage.
8618-8623 VIA Rail Canada 8619-a.jpg Baggage Car Built 1963
rebuilt 1992-1993
Budd
Septa Rail
None
  • Second-hand equipment purchased in late-1980ies/early-1990ies to allow older "Blue and Yellow" cars to be retired.
  • Cars built and operated by UP.
  • Although considered HEP1, have pass-through MU and communication cables and are essentially HEP2 cars.
  • Used everywhere.
8702-8718

88702-88718

VIA Rail Canada 8707-a.jpg Park Dome-Sleeper-Observation Car 1954 Budd 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
  • Nee-CPR.
  • Cars rebuilt in 1990-1993 by AMF Technotransport.
  • All cars named after famous Canadian (but not necessarily National) parks.
  • Used on Canadian, Skeena and Ocean.
  • 15405 retired in 1959.
  • 15501, 15512 and 15513 were not included in HEP program and stored.
  • 15501 & 15512 sold.
  • 15513 loaned to CRM/Exporail.
  • Cars with a 5-digit fleet number starting with 8 have been converted for "Prestige class".
9631 Baggage Car 1955 NSC None
  • Nee-CN.
  • Used on Northern Manitoba services.

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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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