The Renaissance fleet is a set of intercity railroad cars owned and operated by Via Rail Canada.
The cars were built by Metro Cammell in the mid-1990s for the proposed Nightstar overnight service between the United Kingdom and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. They are based on the British Rail Mark 4 design, but with heavy weight steel construction (by European standards) to meet safety requirements for the carriages to run through the Channel Tunnel.
In 2000, after the Nightstar concept was abandoned, Via acquired the entire fleet, including many unfinished shells, for C$130 million. The cars entered Canadian service in 2002.
In 2002, the Enterprise was the first Via train to use the new Renaissance cars. The Enterprise was a Via Rail train which operated overnight between Montreal and Toronto. Since the trip took only 5 hours, the train would stop en route, allowing the train's departure to be in the evening and its arrival in the morning. The Entreprise was discontinued in October 2005 and replaced by an early morning trip on the truncated Kingston–Toronto segment.
The Council for Canadians with Disabilities successfully sued Via Rail in Council of Canadians with Disabilities v. VIA Rail Canada Inc. over the lack of accessibility of the Renaissance cars. The Canadian Transportation Agency ordered Via to retrofit some of the fleet to ensure the availability of accessible accommodations. Nevertheless, the Renaissance cars remain the least accessible in the fleet.
Via acquired the entire original 139-car fleet; as designed it comprised 72 sleepers, 47 coaches, and 20 service cars. Via rebuilt fifteen of the sleepers into dining and baggage cars.
Type: Baggage car
Type: Club car
Type: Lounge car
Type: Dining car
Type: Sleeping car
Type: Baggage car/transition
In service: 2002–present
Manufacturer: Metro Cammell
Number built: 139
Capacity: 48 seats (coach, club cars)
Capacity: 48 seats (dining car)
Capacity: 10 double rooms (sleeping cars)
Operator: Via Rail
Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
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Comfort (now economy) class Renaissance coach used by Via Rail Canada. Taken aboard the Ocean in 2007.
By abdallahh - Flickr: Train Montréal-Halifax "L'Océan", CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24836326
A GE P42DC with ten Renaissance coaches laying over at the Via Toronto Maintenance Centre.
By Buddah - originally posted to Flickr as The Long Renaissance, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7483256
The lounge portion of the Renaissance service car used by Via Rail Canada. Taken aboard the Ocean in 2007.
By abdallahh - Flickr: Train Montréal-Halifax "L'Océan", CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24836158
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