Via Rail

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Via Rail Canada (generally shortened to Via Rail or Via; styled corporately as VIA Rail Canada) is an independent Crown corporation of Canada.wikipedia
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Canadian National Railway

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Via Rail operates over 500 trains per week across eight Canadian provinces and 12500 km of track, 97% of which is owned and maintained by other railway companies, mostly by Canadian National Railway (CN). By the 1960s it was obvious to both Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) that passenger trains were no longer economically viable.
Now primarily a freight railway, CN also operated passenger services until 1978, when they were assumed by Via Rail.

Canadian Pacific Railway

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By the 1960s it was obvious to both Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) that passenger trains were no longer economically viable.
Its primary passenger services were eliminated in 1986, after being assumed by Via Rail Canada in 1978.

Crown corporations of Canada

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Via Rail Canada (generally shortened to Via Rail or Via; styled corporately as VIA Rail Canada) is an independent Crown corporation of Canada.
Many of the components of this business empire where later spun off into new Crown corporations including some the most important businesses in the mid-twentieth century economy of Canada, such Air Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Via Rail, and Marine Atlantic.

Transport Canada

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Via Rail is mandated to operate intercity passenger rail service across the country and is subsidized by Transport Canada.
Prior to a 1994 federal government reorganization, Transport Canada had a wide range of operational responsibilities including the Canadian Coast Guard, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, airports and seaports, as well as Via Rail and CN Rail.

Atlantic (train)

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Frequently sold-out trains such as the Super Continental (which reduced Via to operating only one transcontinental train, The Canadian) and the popular Atlantic were discontinued.
The Atlantic (L'Atlantique) was a passenger train operated by Via Rail, serving both Canadian and U.S. territory between Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dome car

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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 the UAC TurboTrain trains temporarily increased numbers of passengers, reversing previous declines.
The Canadian Pacific Railway outfitted the 1955 Canadian with "Park"-series dome-sleeper-observations, most of which remain in service with Via Rail Canada.

Super Continental

Frequently sold-out trains such as the Super Continental (which reduced Via to operating only one transcontinental train, The Canadian) and the popular Atlantic were discontinued.
The Super Continental was a transcontinental Canadian passenger train operated by the Canadian National Railway from 1955 until 1977, when Via Rail took over the train and ran it until it was cancelled in 1981.

Rapido (train)

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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 the UAC TurboTrain trains temporarily increased numbers of passengers, reversing previous declines.
Rapido service was introduced on October 31, 1965 and lasted until the end of CN passenger train service with its transfer to VIA on October 29, 1978.

Tilting train

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The LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) locomotives and cars used advanced technology such as active tilt to increase speed, but proved troublesome and took 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).
By this time, the Canadian LRC design had become the first active tilting train to enter full commercial service, starting with Via Rail in 1981.

GE Genesis

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The LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) locomotives and cars used advanced technology such as active tilt to increase speed, but proved troublesome and took 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).
Between 1992 and 2001, a total of 321 units were built for Amtrak, Metro-North, and Via Rail.

Hinton train collision

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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, resulting in 23 deaths.
Twenty-three people were killed in a collision between a Canadian National Railway freight train and the Via Rail passenger train called the Super Continental.

Minister of Transport (Canada)

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In 1981, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's government endorsed Minister of Transport Jean-Luc Pépin's plan which slash Via's budget, leading to a 40 percent reduction in the company's operations.

1989 Canadian federal budget

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By the late 1980s, inflation and other rising costs were taking their toll on federal budgets and in the Mulroney government's 1989 budget, Via again saw its budget slashed, surpassing even the 1981 cuts under Trudeau.
Via Rail's subsidy was be cut by 500 million dollars, as were the subsidies of numerous other crown corporations and agencies.

ViaFast

This funding was below the $3 billion needed to implement a high-speed rail proposal in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor nicknamed ViaFast; 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.
ViaFast (corporately styled VIAFast) was an abandoned passenger rail plan that would have cut Via Rail's trip times throughout the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

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Via initially had a tremendous variety of equipment – 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.
Daily passenger rail service was provided by Via Rail Canada until budget cuts on January 15, 1990.

Renaissance (railcar)

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The new "Renaissance" cars were swiftly nicknamed déplaisance ("displeasure") by French-speaking employees and customers, due to early problems adapting the equipment for Canadian use.
The Renaissance fleet is a set of intercity railroad cars owned and operated by Via Rail Canada.

Quebec City–Windsor Corridor

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This funding was below the $3 billion needed to implement a high-speed rail proposal in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor nicknamed ViaFast; 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. Via Rail carried approximately 4.39 million passengers in 2017, the majority on routes along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor and had an on-time performance of 73 per cent.
The name was first popularized by Via Rail, which runs frequent passenger rail service in the region in its service area known as "The Corridor".

Budd Rail Diesel Car

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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 the UAC TurboTrain trains temporarily increased numbers of passengers, reversing previous declines.
Trinity Railway Express acquired thirteen RDCs from Via Rail in 1993 for use on commuter service between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

Nightstar (train)

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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 cancellation of the Nightstar project.
Some of the stock was eventually sold to Canada, where it became Via Rail's Renaissance train fleet.

Québec City–Windsor Corridor (Via Rail)

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Via Rail carried approximately 4.39 million passengers in 2017, the majority on routes along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor and had an on-time performance of 73 per cent.
The Corridor (Ligne de Québec à Windsor) is a Via Rail passenger train service area in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

Jean Pelletier

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(According to CBC News, an arbitrator's report later concluded that Bédard had voluntarily left Via.) She was publicly belittled by Via CEO Jean Pelletier in national media on February 27, 2004.
Jean Pelletier, (February 21, 1935 – January 10, 2009) was a Canadian politician who served as the 37th mayor of Quebec City, Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister's Office, and chairman of Via Rail.

Hinton, Alberta

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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, resulting in 23 deaths.
As a flag stop Via Rail's The Canadian calls at the Hinton CN railway station three times per week, in each direction.

EMD F40PH

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The capital funding was earmarked to refurbish Via's fleet of 54 F40PH-2 locomotives to meet new emissions standards and extend their service lives by 15–20 years, refurbish the interiors of LRC coaches, reduce track capacity bottlenecks and speed restrictions in the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor, and make repairs to a number of stations across the network.
The F40PH also found widespread use on commuter railroads in the United States and with Via Rail Canada.

Victoria–Courtenay train

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Two former Via routes — the Dayliner (service ended in 2011) and Chaleur (service ended in 2013) — are currently suspended due to poor track conditions.
The Victoria–Courtenay train (formerly the Malahat), commonly known as the Dayliner, was a passenger train service operated by Via Rail between Victoria, Nanaimo, and Courtenay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

International (Amtrak train)

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The Sarnia-Chicago International was also discontinued in April 2004 by Amtrak.
In 1982, Amtrak and Via Rail revived the route by extending Amtrak's Blue Water Limited from Port Huron to Toronto.