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VIA Rail putting refurbished cars into service

Published: October 11, 2010
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Canada’s VIA Rail is putting refurbished passenger cars into its fleet as part of an $894 million overhaul. The first cars are sleepers, like this one, and diners on the Canadian between Toronto and Vancouver.
Photo by VIA Rail
MONTREAL – Canada’s VIA Rail passenger service announced it is putting refurbished passenger cars into its fleet as part of a government-funded $894 million fleet renewal program. The first cars, both sleeping cars and diners, are running on the Canadian between Toronto and Vancouver.

Forty refurbished sleeping cars now feature new upholstery, carpets, and wall coverings. Heating and ventilating systems were upgraded for better temperature control, as were bathrooms, electrical, water, and brake systems.

Thirteen dining cars are also being rebuilt and put into service. Energy conserving light assemblies, renovated kitchens, new resilient carpet flooring and improved ventilation systems are among the new installs, as are new wall coverings, dining room chairs and leather-covered bench seats.
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4 stars
KEVIN V BUNKER from OREGON said:
Red Lion's best rides again.

But I love they way the super-wide angle photo from VIA Rail (plus the opened-up bedroom suite) makes the space look so much larger than it really is. Not that I should complain...

I'd love to see Amtrak adopt such a plan, but they have so few similar cars and a far larger system than VIA. It wouldn't budgetarily "pencil out" in US terms I'd think...
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PAUL A MARGOLIES from TEXAS said:
We rode The Canadian in mid - May from Vancouver to Winnepeg. The experience was a delight; service levels better than my expectations. Yes, it's expensive, but a wonderful experience for anyone who enjoys passengers trains. Yes, some updates and refurbishing will help. Amtrak could get some positive insight by looking at VIA!
ERIC CARLSON from NEW JERSEY said:
the answer is yes bud built red lion, pa. i believe,classic cars take
a wonderfull trip-i have many times
DAVIS S CANGALOSI from VIRGINIA said:
The Canadian I rode a few years ago was a class act. Now it appears to be even classier. Amtrak take note.
DAVID N KWECHANSKY said:
Edward G Budd would beam with pride if he could see the timelessness of the wonderful "Shot-Welded" stainless steel cars his firm turned out in the 50s. If properly cherished as the irreplaceable classics they are, and maintained and upgraded as only VIA does it, they'll last forever. Nothing built since touch them.
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