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Via Rail's UAC TurboTrain passing Brockville, Ontario in 1981.

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List of Via Rail rolling stock
This is a list of past and present rolling stock owned and operated by Via Rail in Canada. Via Rail owns 78 locomotives and 396 passenger cars. The lists below show that equipment by type and include some information regarding previously-owned and operated equipment. When Via began operation in 1976–1978 it was with a collection of equipment inherited from the Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). Much of this equipment remains in use today. Over the years Via has supplemented this initial fleet with new orders and with new acquisitions of secondhand equipment from other operators.

Passenger cars
Stainless steel
The core of Via's long-range fleet is a collection of streamlined equipment originally built by the Budd Company for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1950s. These were rebuilt by AMF to use head end power and thus are often referred to as the "HEP" fleet.

Type: "Galley" club car
Built: 1947–1949
Years of service: 1989–present
In service: 10
Fleet numbers: 4000–4009
Notes: Built by Budd Car Company and acquired from Amtrak and other operators between 1989–2000, rebuilt by AMF in mid-90s. Seats 56. Designated by VIA as "HEP2" Club cars and primarily used in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor.

Type: Corridor coach cars
Built: 1947–1953
Years of service: 1989–present
In service: 23
Fleet numbers: 4100–4125
Notes: Acquired from Amtrak and other operators between 1989–2000, rebuilt by AMF in mid-90s. Originally built by Budd Car Company. Seats 68. Designated by VIA as "HEP2" coaches and primarily used in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor.

Type: Long-distance coach cars
Built: 1947–1953
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 43
Fleet numbers: 8100–8147
Notes: Mostly ex-Canadian Pacific, some rebuilt from ex-American coaches. Built by Budd Car Company, rebuilt in the mid 1990s by AMF. Seating for 62. Designated by VIA as "HEP1" coaches.

Type: Château series sleeping car
Built: 1954
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 29
Fleet numbers: 8201–8229
Notes: Ex-Canadian Pacific an built by Budd Car Company. Cars bear names of famed explorers and administrators of the first French and British colonies.

Type: Manor series sleeping car
Built: 1954–1955
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 40
Fleet numbers: 8301–8342
Notes: Ex-Canadian Pacific and built by Budd Car Company. Cars bear names of famed explorers and administrators of the first French and British colonies.

Type: Park series sleeper-dome-lounge
Built: 1954
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 14
Fleet numbers: 8702–8718
Notes: Ex-Canadian Pacific and built by Budd Car Company. Named after select Canadian national parks.

Type: Dining cars
Built: 1955
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 13
Fleet numbers: 8401–8418
Notes: Ex-Canadian Pacific and built by Budd Car Company.

Type: Skyline series dome car
Built: 1954–1955
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 16
Fleet numbers: 8500–8517
Notes: Ex-Canadian Pacific and built by Budd Car Company.

LRCA
LRC was a series of lightweight diesel-powered passenger trains built by Bombardier that were used on short- to medium-distance inter-city service in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The LRC family includes both locomotives and passenger carriages designed to work together, though the two can be, and now are, used separately. The last locomotives were retired in 2001 but the coaches remain in service.

Type: Club car
Years of service: 1984–present
In service: 26
Fleet numbers: 3451–3475; 3600–3601
Notes: 44/56 seats. Undergoing refurbishment into 44 seat, bi-directional configuration.

Type: Coach car
Years of service: 1981–present
In service: 72
Fleet numbers: 3300–3399
Notes: 68 seats. Undergoing refurbishment with fixed, bi-directional seating.

Renaissance
The Renaissance fleet was originally built by Alstom in the mid-1990s for the proposed "Nightstar" overnight service between the United Kingdom and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Via acquired the entire fleet in 2000 for C$130 million after the Nightstar concept was abandoned. The cars entered service in 2002.

Type: Baggage car
In service: 9
Fleet numbers: 7000–7011
Notes: Constructed from unused sleeping car shells.

Type: Club car
In service: 14
Fleet numbers: 7100–7114
Notes: 48-seat capacity in a 2+1 configuration.

Type: Coach
In service: 33
Fleet numbers: 7200–7232
Notes: 48-seat capacity in a 2+1 configuration.

Type: Lounge car
In service: 20
Fleet numbers: 7300–7316; 7354–7359
Notes: Via Rail refers to these as "service" cars.

Type: Dining car
In service: 3
Fleet numbers: 7400–7402
Notes: 48-seat capacity; built out of unused sleeping car shells.

Type: Sleeping car
In service: 57
Fleet numbers: 7500–7589
Notes: 10 double bedrooms. 29 are stored at Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Type: Baggage car/transition
In service: 3
Fleet numbers: 7600–7602
Notes: Provide smooth transition from taller locomotives to shorter passenger cars.

Budd Rail Diesel Car

The Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) is a self-propelled diesel multiple unit railcar. These were used extensively by both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways for outlying routes. Via currently rosters seven RDCs and with Industrial Rail Services for C$12.6 million to refurbish and upgrade all six. The upgraded units would include new seating, wheelchair accessible washrooms, LED interior lighting, controls, wiring, heating, air conditioning systems, braking systems and rebuilt engines that meet Euro 2 standards. The rebuilt units have also been modified to remove the control cab from one end of each unit, so passengers are never required to pass through the cab when entering or exiting the train. Following the bankruptcy of IRSI, work rebuilding the RDCs was completed by Canadian Allied Diesel (CAD) at the IRSI facility in Moncton.

Type: RDC-1
Built: 1956–1958
Years of service: 1978–1990s
In service: 3
Fleet numbers: 6109, 6120, 6127
Notes: Budd built cars. 6109 acquired by CN Rail from Chicago & Eastern Illinois and sold to Cuba in 1998. 6127 acquired from CP Rail and sold to Dallas Area Rapid Transit in 1993. 6127 was ex-CNR D352/6703 and sold to Cuba in 1998.

Type: RDC-2
Built: 1956–1958
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 3
Fleet numbers: 6212, 6208, 6215
Notes: Built by Canadian Car and Foundry. All ex-CPR cars (6212 ex-CPR 9105, 6208 ex-CPR 9195 and 6215 ex-CPR 9107). 6208 and 6212 sold to Industrial Rail Services 2000. 6215 still in service.

Type: RDC-4
Built: 1955
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 2
Fleet numbers: 6250-6251
Notes: A second RDC-4 was added to the fleet in 2013 when ex-CP 9251 was rebuilt into VIA 6251.

Others
Type: Canadian Car and Foundry Café-Coach car
Built: 1954
Years of service: 1980–present
In service: 1
Fleet numbers: 3248
Notes: 72-seat snack bar ex-CNR 5454. Currently in use on the Keewatin Railway.

Type: Canadian Car and Foundry baggage-coach
Built: 1954
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 2
Fleet numbers: 5648–5649
Notes: Ex-CNR 5649 and currently in use on the Keewatin Railway.

Type: Colorado Railcar Single-Level Dome dome coach
Built: 2000
Years of service: 2002–present
In service: 3
Fleet numbers: 1720–1722
Notes: Seats 71-74. Referred to as "Panorama" cars by VIA.

Type: Canadian Car and Foundry lounge car
Built: 1954
Years of service: 2002–present
In service: 1
Fleet numbers: 1750
Notes: Originally CNR 5585 became VIA Rail 5585 from 1978 to 1998. Sold to Funtrain of Kelowna, then to BC Rail in 2001. Acquired in 2002 from BC Rail as 1750. Named "Glen Fraser".

Type: Budd observation/club car
Built: 1939
Years of service: 2002–present
In service: 1
Fleet numbers: 1751
Notes: Acquired from BC Rail as 1750 Pavillion. Original built in 1939 as Biscayne Bay, later as Memphis and owned by 8 different owners. Has never entered service with VIA and stored at Montreal Maintenance Centre.

Type: Various Budd baggage cars
Built: 1954–1955; 1963
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 19
Fleet numbers: 8600–8623
Notes: 8600-8617 are ex-Canadian Pacific; 8618-8623 are ex-Union Pacific Budd slab-side baggage cars.

Type: National Steel baggage car
Built: 1951
Years of service: 1978–present
In service: 1
Fleet numbers: 9631
Notes: One of 67 cars of this type once owned by VIA Rail.

Locomotives
Current

Via operates diesel locomotives exclusively. Its fleet of GMD F40PH-2s was recently modernized. The newer GE P42DCs are found only on Corridor services. The F40PH-2 is the mainstay of Via's road fleet.

Model: GMD F40PH-2
Road numbers: 6400–6459
In service: 53
Years of service: 1987–present
Notes: 6403 was renumbered to 6459 in 2013 and is featured on the Canadian $10 bills issued starting in 2013. The actual 6403 was renumbered to 6459 due to its appearance on the bill. All units in the fleet were rebuilt by Canadian Allied Diesel, which included many modernization upgrades, and the addition of a separate Head-end Power generator at the rear of the locomotive. The rebuild was complete by 2012.

Model: GE P42DC
Road numbers: 900–920
In service: 21
Years of service: 2001–present
Notes: Being retrofitted with third "High-Intensity Discharge" headlight below front numberboard.

Model: EMD SW1000
Road numbers: 202 and 204 (201 and 203 retired in early 1990s)
In service: 2
Years of service: 1978–present
Notes: Switcher. Originally built 1966–1967 for Inland Steel.

Former
Via inherited a diverse fleet of diesel locomotives from the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways. It also received three of the experimental UAC TurboTrain gas-turbine trainsets. Between 1980–1984 Bombardier delivered 31 LRC ("Light, Rapid, Comfortable") diesel locomotives with matching cars. The last of these was retired in 2002.

Model: UAC TurboTrain
Road numbers:
Built: 1968
Years of service: 1976–1982
Notes: Acquired three trainsets from CN. All scrapped.

Model: LRC-2
Road numbers: 6900-6920
Built: 1980–1984
Years of service: 1980–2002

Model: LRC-3
Road numbers: 6921-6930
Built: 1980–1984
Years of service: 1980–2002
Notes: Coaches remain in service.

Model: MLW FPA-2u
Road numbers: 6758, 6759
Years of service: 1976–1993
Notes: Ex-CN.

Model: MLW FPA-4
Road numbers:
Built: 1958-1989
Years of service: 1976–1993
Notes: Ex-CN. Several acquired by private train operators in US.

Model: GMD FP9
Notes: Ex-CN and CP. Later rebuilt as the VIA FP9ARM. 6304 acquired by Trains Unlimited Rail Tours of California; 6510 on static display in Thunder Bay ON. F9B 6633 wrecked in 1986 and retired/scrapped.

Model: GMD FP7
Road numbers: 6501, 6509, 6521-6623, 6566
Notes: Ex-CP. FP7A 6566 wrecked in 1986 and retired/scrapped.

Model: MLW RS-10
Road numbers: 8558
Built: 1956
Years of service: 1978-?
Notes: Ex-CP.

Model: EMD E8
Road numbers: 1800, 1802
Built: 1949
Years of service: 1978-1980
Notes: Ex-CP.

Model: Budd RDC-3
Road numbers: 6144
Notes: Ex-CP and CN. Used for passenger, baggage and postal service. 6144 converted as RDC-1.

Model: Budd RDC-9
Road numbers: 6000-6006
Notes: Ex-CP and CN. Non-powered and no controls. Passenger use only.
 

Via Rail's UAC TurboTrain passing Brockville, Ontario in 1981.

Slideshow Photo Credits: (01) By Joanne Probyn - Flickr: Via Rail "The Canadian" III, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24838130, (02) By Lord of the Wings© from Toronto, Canada - VIA # 57 from Kingston headed by GE P42DC #910, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33164487, (03) By Alasdair McLellan - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7465377, (04) By Emdx at en.wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17207152, (05) By Rev Edward Brain, D.D. at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18332956, (06) By abdallahh - Flickr: Locomotive F40PH-2 de Via Rail Canada, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24832253, (07) By Harfang - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11634294, (08) By Peter Van den Bossche from Mechelen, Belgium - Churchill station, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3810147, (09) By Verne Equinox at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18332871, (10) By Gudbuytjane - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5257447, (11) By Balcer - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2170816, (12) By Jsp3970 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30374476, (13) By ...some guy - originally posted to Flickr as VIA GM FP9, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5712159, (14) By Andrew Dolch - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4734637, (15) By Adolch at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7924356, (16) By Andrew Dolch - I created this work entirely by myself., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4061597, (17) By Timothy Stevens - http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=354448&nseq=12, CC BY-SA, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14580242, (18) By Manfred Kopka - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43303742, (19) By Alan Macek (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons, (20) By Buddah - originally posted to Flickr as The Long Renaissance, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7483256, (21) By InSapphoWeTrust - Flickr: VIA Rail train, Jasper Heritage Railway Station, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24833456

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