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VIA Rail Canada
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System map
VIA Rail system map
Reporting marks VIA
Locale Canada
Dates of operation 1978 – present
Track gauge 1435 mm (4 ft 8½ in) (standard gauge)
Headquarters 3, Place Ville-Marie

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VIA Rail's trains travelling by Highway 401 near Brockville, Ontario.
VIA Rail's trains travelling by Highway 401 near Brockville, Ontario.

VIA Rail Canada (also referred to as VIA Rail and VIA; pronounced 'vee-ah') is an independent Crown corporation offering intercity passenger rail services in Canada. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 2. ... “Macdonald-Cartier” redirects here. ... Brockville is located in the Thousand Islands region on the St. ... In Commonwealth countries a Crown corporation is a state-controlled company or enterprise (a public corporation). ... “railroads” redirects here. ...


VIA Rail Canada operates 480 trains in eight Canadian provinces (all except Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island) over a network of 14,000 kilometres (8,700 mi) of track spanning the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay. VIA Rail carries approximately 4 million passengers annually.[1] It sees the majority of its traffic between Windsor, Ontario and Quebec City, Quebec, commonly known as The Corridor. Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories. ... This article is about the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... “km” redirects here. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... “Atlantic” redirects here. ... “Pacific” redirects here. ... The Great Lakes from space The Laurentian Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ... Hudson Bay, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: The river and the land sustain us. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government - Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Nickname: Motto: Don de Dieu feray valoir (I shall put Gods gift to good use; the Don de Dieu was Champlains ship) Coordinates: , Country Province Agglomeration Quebec City Statute of the city Capitale-Nationale Administrative Region Capitale-Nationale Founded 1608 by Samuel de Champlain Constitution date 1833 Government... , Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... Map of the Corridor The Quebec City-Windsor Corridor, commonly known in Canada as simply The Corridor is VIA Rails busiest rail line. ...

Contents

History

Early Canadian intercity passenger rail

A VIA train at VIA station in London, Ontario
A VIA train at VIA station in London, Ontario

The post-war era saw two developments which would eventually prove disastrous to previously profitable passenger rail transport offered by Canadian National Railways (CNR), the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), and smaller lines: long-distance Canadian intercity passenger trains began to be replaced with air travel, and short- and middle-distance passenger trains underwent dramatic restructuring with many being eliminated outright following increased use of personal cars on highways such as the Trans-Canada Highway. Critics of this shift point out that all these new services were subsidized by taxpayers, from construction of highways to construction of airports, making it difficult for rail to compete; opponents of rail point out that the construction of the railways themselves was similarly subsidised. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1408 × 1056 pixel, file size: 294 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1408 × 1056 pixel, file size: 294 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nickname: Location of London in relation to Middlesex County and the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario County Middlesex County Settled 1826 as a village Incorporated 1855 as a city Government  - City Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best  - Governing Body London City Council  - MPs Sue Barnes (LPC) Glen Pearson... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... CN redirects here, as its the most common usage of the abbreviation in Canada; for more uses, see CN (disambiguation). ... An eastbound CPR freight at Stoney Creek Bridge in Rogers Pass. ... For the Boards of Canada record, see Trans Canada Highway (EP). ...


By the 1960s it was obvious to both Canadian National (known as CN after 1960) and CPR that passenger trains were no longer economically viable under traditional market manifestations. CPR sought to rid itself of the burden of operating passenger trains, but federal government regulators and politicians balked, forcing CPR to continue running a minimal service through the 1970s. CN on the other hand, being a Crown corporation, was encouraged by the federal government and political interests to invest in passenger trains. Innovative marketing schemes such as Red, White, and Blue fares, new equipment such as scenic dome cars and rail diesel cars, and services such as Rapido and Turbo trains saw substantial increases in ridership, reversing previous declines. In Commonwealth countries a Crown corporation is a state-controlled company or enterprise (a public corporation). ... Cars such as Santa Fes Pullman-built lightweight Pleasure Dome-Lounge car #506, ordered specifically for the Super Chief in the early 1950s, remained in service well into the Amtrak era. ... Budd RDC-1 #407 of the Cape May Seashore Lines. ... The United Aircraft Turbo train was an early high-speed train that operated in Canada between 1968 and 1982. ...


However, by the 1970s even CN saw the writing on the wall and sought to rid itself of passenger trains. The decline of passenger rail became a federal election issue in 1974 when the government of Pierre Trudeau promised to implement a nation-wide carrier similar to Amtrak in the United States. The bilingual name VIA or VIA CN originated in 1976 as a marketing term for Canadian National's passenger train services and the VIA logo began to appear on CN passenger locomotives and cars, while still carrying CN logos as well. That September, VIA published a single timetable with information on both CN and CP trains, marking the first time that Canadians could find all major passenger trains in one publication. In 1977, CN underwent a dramatic restructuring when it placed various non-core freight railway activities into separate subsidiaries such as ferries under CN Marine and passenger trains under VIA Rail which was subsequently renamed VIA Rail Canada. “Trudeau” redirects here. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... CN Marine was a Canadian ferry company headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick. ...


The formation of VIA Rail Canada

A VIA LRC disembarking at Ottawa VIA Station

On April 1, 1978 Canadian National's passenger subsidiary VIA Rail became a separate Crown corporation, taking with it possession of former CN passenger cars and locomotives. Following several months of negotiation, on October 29, 1978 VIA took over operation of CP passenger train services, along with similar possession of cars and locomotives. Passenger train services which were not included in the creation of VIA Rail included those offered by BC Rail, Algoma Central Railway, Ontario Northland Railway, Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway, various urban commuter train services operated by CN and CP, and remaining CN passenger services in Newfoundland. At this time, VIA did not own any trackage and had to pay right-of-way fees to CN and CP, sometimes being the only user of rural branch lines. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (958x713, 131 KB) Summary Taken by quanta, June 16/06, Ottawa, Canada. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (958x713, 131 KB) Summary Taken by quanta, June 16/06, Ottawa, Canada. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... BC Rail (AAR reporting marks BCOL and BCIT), known as the British Columbia Railway between 1972 and 1984 and as the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE; AAR reporting marks PGE and PGER) before 1972, was a railway that operated in the Canadian province of British Columbia between 1912 and 2004. ... For other meanings of AC and ACIS, see AC and ACIS (disambiguation) The Algoma Central Railway (AAR reporting marks AC, ACIS) was a railway in Northern Ontario that ran between Sault Ste. ... A pair of Ontario Northland diesels work in Hearst, in 2003. ... The Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway is a Canadian regional railway that stretches 357 miles (575 kilometres) through the wilderness of northeastern Quebec and western Labrador. ... This article is about the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ...


VIA initially had a tremendous variety of equipment, with much of it in need of replacement, and operated routes stretching from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Prince Rupert, British Columbia and north to Churchill, Manitoba. In excess of 150 scheduled trains per week were in operation, including transcontinental services, regional trains, and corridor services. Downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia. ... Orthographic projection centred over Prince Rupert BC Coast, showing Prince Rupert and Vancouver Prince Rupert is a city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. ... Orthographic projection centred over Churchill Manitoba. ... The Quebec-Windsor Corridor is the most densely populated section of Canada, more then half the population of Canada lives in the general area of the Corridor. ...


First round of cuts

However, increased ridership would not be VIA's saviour. In 1981, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's government endorsed Minister of Transport Jean-Luc Pépin's plan which cut VIA Rail's budget, leading to a 40% reduction in the company's operations. Gone in an instant were frequently sold-out trains such as the Super Continental (which reduced VIA to operating only one transcontinental train, The Canadian) and the popular Atlantic, among others. “Trudeau” redirects here. ... In the Cabinet of Canada, the Minister of Transport (French: Ministre des Transports) is responsible for overseeing the federal governments transportation regulatory and development department, Transport Canada. ... The Right Honourable Jean-Luc Pépin (November 1, 1924 - September 30, 1995) was a Canadian academic, politician and Cabinet minister. ... Route map of the Super Continental The Super Continental was a transcontinental Canadian passenger train operated originally by the Canadian National Railway begining in 1955 and subsequently by VIA Rail Canada from 1977 until its cancellation in 1981. ... VIA Rail Canadas The Canadian The Canadian is a Canadian transcontinental passenger train originally operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. ... Timetable of the Atlantic in 1988. ...


VIA also sought to reduce its reliance on over 30-year-old second-hand equipment and placed a significant order with Bombardier Transportation for new high-speed locomotives and cars which would be used in its corridor trains. The LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) locomotives and cars utilised advanced technology such as active tilt to increase speed, but proved troublesome and would take several years to work out problems (by 1990 only a handful of LRC locomotives remained in service which were subsequently retired by the arrival of the GE Genesis locomotives in 2001). Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment division of the Bombardier group. ... LRC #6917 at Brockville, Ontario. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Restoration of service

The election of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's government in 1984 brought a friend to VIA, initially, when several of Mulroney's commitments included rescinding the VIA cuts of 1981 by restoring the Super Continental (under pressure from his western caucus), and the Atlantic (under pressure from his eastern caucus and the formidable then-Saint John mayor Elsie Wayne). Mulroney's government gave VIA funding to refurbish some of its cars, and purchase new locomotives, this time a more reliable model from General Motors Diesel Division. Martin Brian Mulroney (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ... Route map of the Super Continental The Super Continental was a transcontinental Canadian passenger train operated originally by the Canadian National Railway begining in 1955 and subsequently by VIA Rail Canada from 1977 until its cancellation in 1981. ... Timetable of the Atlantic in 1988. ... Saint John[3] is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick and the oldest incorporated city in Canada. ... Elsie Eleanore Wayne (born Fairweather) (born April 20, 1932 in Shediac, New Brunswick) is a Canadian politician. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ...


It was during this time on February 8, 1986 that VIA's eastbound Super Continental collided with a CN freight train near Hinton, Alberta as a result of the freight train crew missing a signal light. The resulting derailment killed 23 people and remains the worst accident in modern Canadian railway history in terms of loss of life. is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hinton train collision was a railway accident that occurred on February 8, 1986. ... Hinton is a town in western Alberta, Canada, about 70 km northeast of Jasper and about 300 km west of Albertas capital city, Edmonton. ...


Second round of cuts

The Ocean Limited leaves the station at Amherst, Nova Scotia in July 2006 en route to Halifax. The image shows a vintage stainless steel observation car at the rear of the train. The other cars are newer Renaissance cars introduced by VIA in 2003.
The Ocean Limited leaves the station at Amherst, Nova Scotia in July 2006 en route to Halifax. The image shows a vintage stainless steel observation car at the rear of the train. The other cars are newer Renaissance cars introduced by VIA in 2003.

By the late 1980s, inflation and other rising costs were taking their toll on federal budgets and in the Mulroney government's infamous 1989 budget, VIA again saw its budget slashed, surpassing even the 1981 cuts under Trudeau. Minister of Transport Benoit Bouchard oversaw the reduction in service on January 15, 1990 when VIA's operations were reduced by 55%. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1002x768, 553 KB) Train leaving the Amherst, Nova Scotia train station, located on the CN main line near the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1002x768, 553 KB) Train leaving the Amherst, Nova Scotia train station, located on the CN main line near the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border. ... Martin Brian Mulroney (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ... Benoît Bouchard (born April 16, 1940) is a Canadian public official and former politician. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


Services such as the Super Continental were cut again, along with numerous disparate rural services such as in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley and Cape Breton Island, western Canada, and in the corridor. The Canadian was also moved from its 'home' rails on CP to the northerly CN route (which the Super Continental had used). The shift to the less-populated (and less scenic) route between Toronto and Vancouver severed major western cities such as Regina and Calgary from the passenger rail network and flared deep-rooted western bitterness toward Ottawa. Route map of the Super Continental The Super Continental was a transcontinental Canadian passenger train operated originally by the Canadian National Railway begining in 1955 and subsequently by VIA Rail Canada from 1977 until its cancellation in 1981. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English, Canadian Gaelic Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867... Annapolis Valley is a valley in western Nova Scotia, formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the Bay of Fundy. ... For other uses, see Cape Breton. ... This article is about the region in Canada. ... VIA Rail Canadas The Canadian The Canadian is a Canadian transcontinental passenger train originally operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Floreat Regina (Let Regina Flourish) Location of Regina in the SE quadrant of Saskatchewan Coordinates: , Country Province District Municipality of Sherwood Established 1882 Government  - City Mayor Pat Fiacco  - Governing body Regina City Council  - MPs Dave Batters Ralph Goodale Tom Lukiwski Andrew Scheer  - MLAs Joanne Crofford Doreen Hamilton Ron... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... This article is about the capital city of Canada. ...


The official justification for the rerouting was that the trains would serve more remote communities, but the concentration of Conservative-held ridings along the CN route attracted the charge that the move was chiefly political.


It was also notable that Harvie André, one of Alberta's federal cabinet ministers who represented Calgary, was fairly public about the fact that he did not care if he never saw a passenger train again in his life. The Honourable Harvie Andre, PC (born July 27, 1940) is a former Canadian politican and federal Cabinet minister. ...


Emerging out of these disastrous cuts, VIA was a much smaller company and immediately took to rationalizing its fleet of cars and locomotives, resulting in a fleet of refurbished stainless steel (HEP-1 and HEP-2 rebuilds, defined as 'Head End Power') and LRC cars, as well as rationalizing its locomotive fleet with GM and Bombardier (LRC) units.


Third round of cuts

VIA was not spared from further cutbacks in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's government elected in 1993. Minister of Finance Paul Martin's first budget in 1994 saw further VIA cuts which saw the popular Atlantic dropped from the schedule, focusing the eastern transcontinental service on the Ocean. Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, usually known as Jean Chrétien, PC, QC, BA, BCL, LLD (h. ... Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, PC, MP, BA, LLB, LLD (h. ... Timetable of the Atlantic in 1988. ... The Ocean is a Canadian passenger train operated by VIA Rail between Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia. ...


This move was seen as somewhat controversial and politically motivated as the principal cities benefiting from the Atlantic's service were Sherbrooke, Quebec and Saint John, New Brunswick, where coincidentally the only two Progressive Conservative Party Members of Parliament in Canada were elected in the 1993 federal election which saw Chrétien's Liberal Party take power. The Ocean service which was preserved operates on trackage between Montreal and Halifax running through the lower St. Lawrence River valley and northern New Brunswick. The Minister of Transport in Chrétien's government at the time, Douglas Young, was elected from a district that included Bathurst, New Brunswick, on the Ocean's route. Interestingly, a remote VIA service to Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula, the Chaleur was also spared from being cut at this time, despite having less ridership than the Atlantic. “Sherbrooke” redirects here. ... Saint John[3] is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick and the oldest incorporated city in Canada. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ... M. Douglas (Doug) Young (born September 20, 1940) is a Canadian politician. ... Bathurst (2006 population 12,714; UA 18,154; CA population 31,424) is a Canadian city in Gloucester County, New Brunswick. ... NASA satellite image of the Gaspé Peninsula. ... The Chaleur is a triweekly passenger train operated by VIA Rail between Gare Centrale (Montreal) and Gaspé, Quebec. ...


Renaissance

New VIA Rail P42DC pulling a train towards Montreal

By the late 1990s, rising environmental concerns focusing on reducing dependence on automobiles and airplanes (see Kyoto Accord), as well as rail-friendly Minister of Transport David Collenette, saw modest funding increases to VIA. Corridor services were improved with new and faster trains, a weekly tourist train The Bras d'Or returned VIA service to Cape Breton Island for the first time since the 1990 cuts, and a commitment was made to continue operating on Vancouver Island, but western Canada continued to languish with the only service provided by the Canadian and a few remote service trains in northern BC and Manitoba. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1536 pixel, file size: 829 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1536 pixel, file size: 829 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Earth as seen by Apollo 17 The Kyoto Protocol is an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty on global warming. ... David Michael Collenette, PC, MA, BA (born June 24, 1946 in London) was a Canadian politician representing the Liberal Party of Canada from 1974 to 2004. ... For other uses, see Cape Breton. ... Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Strait, and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. ...


In a significant new funding program dubbed 'Renaissance', a fleet of unused passenger cars which had been built for planned Nightstar sleeper services between locations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, via the Channel Tunnel, were purchased and adapted following the cancelling of these routes before they even began. New diesel-electric locomotives purchased from General Electric allowed the withdrawal of older locomotives, including the remaining LRCs (though the LRC passenger cars continue to provide much of the Corridor service). This expansion to VIA's fleet has permitted scheduling flexibility, particularly in the corridor. Additionally, many passenger stations have been remodelled into rider-friendly destinations, with several hosting co-located transit and regional bus hubs for various municipalities. The Nightstar was a proposed overnight sleeper service from various parts of the United Kingdom to continental Europe, via the Channel Tunnel. ... Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European islands and, at times, peninsulas. ... The British terminal at Cheriton in west Folkestone, from the Pilgrims Way. ... “GE” redirects here. ...


On October 24, 2003, federal Minister of Transport David Collenette announced $700 million (CAD) in new funding over the next 5 years. This funding was far below the $3 billion (CAD) needed to implement a high-speed rail proposal in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor nicknamed VIA-Fast, however the funding was intended to 'provide for faster, more frequent and more reliable passenger service across Canada.... [preserving] the option for higher speed rail, such as the Via Fast proposal' said Collenette. This new project was to be called 'Renaissance II' [2]. Critics of 'Renaissance II' noted that the majority of spending would take place in the corridor services and not add new trains or improved scheduling to Atlantic and Western Canada. is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1,150-kilometre Quebec City-Windsor Corridor is the most densely-populated and heavily-industrialised region of Canada. ...


Plagued by problems, the Renaissance cars are nicknamed déplaisance ('displeasure') by French-speaking employees and customers. Doors and toilets have frozen in cold Atlantic Canada temperatures, resulting in delays and service interruptions.


Fourth round of cuts

On December 18, 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced a freeze in federal spending on all major capital projects, including VIA's five-year $700 million capital investment 'Renaissance II' program announced just six weeks earlier by outgoing Prime Minister Chrétien's administration. Critics of Martin's cuts claimed that he was in a distinct conflict of interest as his family through Canada Steamship Lines and various subsidiary and affiliated companies had once had a significant investment in the Voyageur Colonial Bus Lines, an intercity bus line in Quebec and eastern Ontario that is a key competitor of VIA Rail. is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Prime Minister of Canada (French: Premier ministre du Canada), is the Minister of the Crown who is head of the Government of Canada. ... Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, PC, MP, BA, LLB, LLD (h. ... Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) is a Canadian shipping company with headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. ... Voyageur Colonial Bus Lines (Voyageur) was an intercity bus company founded in 1928 that serves Eastern Quebec and Western Ontario, primarily the cities of Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston. ...


Route cuts under the Martin government included the withdrawal of the seasonal Bras d'Or tourist train, which ran for the last time in September 2004, and the Montreal-Toronto overnight Enterprise, which was discontinued in September 2005.


VIA's role in the Sponsorship Scandal

The federal Auditor General's report released publicly on February 10, 2004 showed what appeared to be a criminal misdirection of government funds intended for advertising to key Quebec-based supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada. (See Sponsorship scandal). Included in the Auditor General's report was the fact that VIA Rail Canada was used as one of several federal government departments, agencies, and Crown corporations to funnel these illicit funds. Forced to act on the Auditor General's report due to its political implications, Prime Minister Paul Martin's government suspended VIA Rail President Marc LeFrançois on February 24, 2004, giving him an ultimatum of several days to defend himself against allegations in the report or face further disciplinary action. The role of the Auditor General of Canada is to aid accountability by conducting independent audits of federal government operations. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ... The sponsorship scandal, AdScam, or Sponsorgate, is an ongoing scandal that came as a result of a Canadian federal government sponsorship program in the province of Quebec and involving the Liberal Party of Canada (mostly its Quebec branch), which was in power since 1993 up to January 2006. ... Marc LeFrancois was the president of VIA Rail until March 5, 2004, when he was fired in connection with the Sponsorship Scandal Categories: | ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Several days later, during LeFrançois's suspension, a former VIA Rail marketing department employee, Myriam Bédard, claimed she was fired several years earlier when she questioned company billing practices in dealing with advertising companies. (According to CBC News, an arbitrator's report later concluded that Bédard had voluntarily left VIA Rail.) She was publicly belittled by VIA Rail Chief Executive Officer Jean Pelletier in national media on February 27, 2004. Pelletier retracted his statements but on March 1, 2004, Pelletier was fired. On March 5, 2004, after failing to adequately defend himself against the allegations in the Auditor General's report, LeFrançois was fired as well. Myriam Bédard (born December 22, 1969) is a Canadian biathlete (retired), winner of two Olympic gold medals. ... Jean Pelletier (born February 21, 1935 in Chicoutimi, Quebec) is a Canadian political operative and former head of VIA Rail. ... is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While VIA Rail is an independent federal Crown corporation mandated to operate as a business, it is hindered by the fact that it was created by an Order-in-Council of the Privy Council, and not from an actual legislation passed by Parliament. If VIA were enabled by actual legislation, the company could be permitted to seek funding on the open money markets as other Crown corporations such as CN have done in the past. It is largely for this reason that VIA continues to answer first to its political masters, as opposed to the business decisions needed to ensure the viability of intercity passenger rail service. An Order-in-Council is an executive order issued in Commonwealth Realms operating under the Westminster system. ... The Queens Privy Council for Canada is the ceremonial council of advisors to the Queen of Canada, whose members are appointed by her Governor General in Canada for life on the advice of the Prime Minister. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Senate Chamber of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. ... The Canadian National Railway (CN; AAR reporting marks CN, CNA, CNIS) is a Canadian Class I railway operated by the Canadian National Railway Company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. ...


Renewed funding

In spite of the $CAD 170 million in annual operating subsidies VIA received, it struggled due to Paul Martin's decision to reverse funding in 2003. Regardless, ridership increased from 3.8 million to 4.1 million in 2005.[3] “C$” redirects here. ...


On October 11, 2007, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the federal government is giving $CAD 691.9 million to VIA Rail over five years. The money will be used to refurbish the fleet of aging locomotives and coaches, increase rail capacity, reduce bottlenecks in the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor and make the service faster, cleaner and more reliable.[3] is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The finance minister is a cabinet position in a government. ... James Michael Jim Flaherty, PC, BA, LL.B, MP (born December 30, 1949) is Canadas Minister of Finance; he had formerly served as Ontarios Minister of Finance. ...


Routes and connections

Routes in summary[4]:

Route Name Major Stations Frequency Numbers Services
Canadian Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, Vancouver Three/week 1 & 2 Comfort, Silver & Blue
Ocean Halifax, Truro, Moncton, Campbellton, Montreal Six/week 14 & 15 Comfort, Comfort sleeper, Easterly
Chaleur Gaspé, Percé, Montreal Three/week 16 & 17 Comfort, Comfort sleeper
Abitibi Senneterre, Montreal Three/week 603–606 Comfort
Saguenay Jonquière, Montreal Three/week 600–602 Comfort
Quebec City — Montreal Quebec City, Charny, Montreal Four/day 20–29 Comfort, VIA1
Montreal — Ottawa Montreal, Alexandria, Ottawa, Fallowfield Five/day 30–39 Comfort, VIA1
Ottawa — Toronto Ottawa, Fallowfield, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Oshawa, Toronto Five/day 40–49 Comfort, VIA1
Montreal — Toronto Montreal, Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Oshawa, Toronto, Oakville Six/day 52–69 Comfort, VIA1
Toronto — Windsor Toronto, Oakville, Brantford,London, Chatham, Windsor Four/day 70–79 Comfort, VIA1
Toronto — London Toronto, Aldershot, Brantford, Woodstock, London, One/day 82–83 Comfort, VIA1
Toronto — Sarnia Toronto, Brampton, Georgetown, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford, London, Sarnia Three/day 84–89 Comfort
Toronto — Niagara Falls Toronto, Oakville, Aldershot, Grimsby St. Catharines, Niagara Falls Two/day 90–98 Comfort
Lake Superior Sudbury, White River Three/week 185 & 186 Comfort
Hudson Bay Winnipeg, The Pas, Pukatawagan, Thompson, Churchill Three/week 692 & 693 Comfort, Sleeper
Skeena Jasper, Prince George, Prince Rupert Three/week 5 & 6 Comfort, Totem, Totem Deluxe
Malahat Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay Daily 198 & 199 Comfort
VIA Corridor Train 73 arriving into Windsor, August 5, 2007

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Classes of service

Canada-wide

VIA 1 LRC interior
VIA 1 LRC interior
Comfort Class interior
Comfort Class interior
  • ComfortEconomy class seating in the coach cars. Depending on the train number, seats are assigned or first-come-first-serve. If the latter, passengers are often segregated into specific train cars according to passenger destination. All trains that operate on the "Corridor" offer pay-per-use 802.11b WiFi access. Snacks, beverages and sandwiches are sold cash and carry.
  • VIA 1 — First class seating in the club car. VIA 1 passengers are given more spacious seating, window blinds, inclusive hot three-course meals complete with complimentary boutique chocolate, wine and liqueurs and in-seat AC power outlets along with pay-per-use WiFi access. VIA 1 passengers are also granted priority boarding and access to the Panorama Lounges at major urban stations.
  • Sleeper (also known as Comfort Sleeper) — As a class provided to late night passengers on lengthy routes, the sleeper class provides berth sections and single, double and triple bedrooms which feature bunkbeds, electrical outlet, chairs and a private washroom. Each sleeper car is equipped with a public shower.

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Route-specific

  • Silver & Blue — A deluxe inclusive travel package onboard the Canadian, which features Sleeper Class accommodation, first-class meals in the Dining car, and access to the Skyline car and viewing salons in the glass-domed Park car. Passengers are also given priority boarding over Comfort Class and access to the Silver & Blue Lounge in Toronto Union Station.
  • Easterly — All-inclusive tour package onboard the Ocean with access to a tour guide (known as the "Learning Coordinator"), Sleeper accommodation, first-class meals and access to the Park car. Passengers also receive priority boarding and access to the Panorama Lounge in Montreal station.
  • Totem — Access to the Park car onboard the Skeena. A sub-class called Totem Deluxe provides its passengers with seating in the Panorama car. Totem and Totem Deluxe operates from May to September.

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Types of railcar

Dining car interior — the Canadian
  • Coach car — Seating for use by Comfort Class passengers. All seats face in the direction the train is travelling, with the exception of family and group seating at each end of the car. AC power outlets are found in LRC coaches in the row of seats directly adjacent to the washroom area. LRC cars seat 68 while Renaissance cars seat 50.
  • Club car — Seating for use by VIA 1 Class passengers. All seats face forward with the exception of two on the left forward bulkhead and two in the rear, forming 4-seat communal areas. The rear area features a large fold-top table. All seating is equipped with AC power outlets.
  • Transcontinental Coach car — Coach cars of the Canadian with fully-reclining chairs with extending leg rests.
  • Sleeper car — Consists of open berth sections and single, double and triple bedrooms. Bedrooms feature bunkbeds, seating, and private toilets. The car is equipped with public shower facilities.
  • Park car — What VIA Rail calls its "flagship car", this two-level railcar is situated in the very rear of the rolling stock. Its amenities include a bar, lounge, three double bedrooms and one triple bedroom, and the panoramic glass dome on its upper level.
  • Dining car — Restaurant on rails, complete with tablecloth and reservations. A Renaissance dining car holds 48 places in eight tables for four and eight tables for two.
  • Skyline car — Features a coffee shop, lounge, and panoramic dome seating.
  • Panorama car — A fully glass-enclosed seating car of the Skeena.
  • Baggage car — Non-passenger car designed for carrying checked baggage.

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Vehicles

Locomotives

The Canadian, Spring 2005
The Canadian, Spring 2005

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Passenger carriages

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Demo units

Product list and details (date information from TTC)
 Make/Model   Description   Fleet size   Year acquired   Year retired   Notes 
Colorado Railcar Aero DMU lead car proposal only
Colorado Railcar Single-level ADA DMU coach
United Aircraft/Sikorsky Turbo 1 set 1982 ex-Amtrak (scrapped)
Montreal Locomotive Works/United Aircraft Canada Turbo 1 set 1982 ex-CN (scrapped)

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See also

Railway companies that used to carry passengers include:

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Privately owned Canadian VIA Rail competitors and connecting lines:

  • Rocky Mountaineer - Daylight operations through scenic areas specifically for tourist travel
  • Royal Canadian Pacific - Luxury tourist service operated by Canadian Pacific
  • Algoma Central Railway - Passenger and tourist services between Sault Saint Marie and Hearst, Ontario. Owned by CN.

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References

  1. ^ Via Rail Annual Report 2005. ViaRail (2005). Retrieved on 2006-11-10.
  2. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/10/24/train031024
  3. ^ a b Via gets hundreds of millions in federal funding. CBC (2007-10-11). Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  4. ^ VIA Rail / All our trains. VIARail (2006). Retrieved on 2006-11-10.

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Further reading

  • Allen, Tom (2001). Rolling Home: A Cross-Canada Railroad Memoir. Toronto: Penguin. ISBN 0-670-88473-1. 

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VIA Rail operates trains in eight Canadian provinces (all provinces except Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island) over a network spanning the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay.
VIA was not spared from further cutbacks in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's government elected in 1993.
While VIA Rail is an independent federal Crown corporation mandated to operate as a business, it is hindered by the fact that it was created by an Order-in-Council of the Privy Council, and not from an actual legislation passed by Parliament.
VIA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (232 words)
Via is commonly used as a delineation of connection, e.g.
Via is a synonym for by means of, e.g.
A via (electronics) is a through-connection in a multi-layer printed circuit board or integrated circuit.
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