VIA Rail Canada
154 Turbotrain westbound stopped at Dorval. July 1980.
6311 (ex 6529 nee CN 6529) with Canadian. FP9A GMD A1201 4/1957 Banff 8/07/1986
6509 westbound No.3 Super Continental with a rag-tag
collection of equipment.
Mixture of roads represented include unknown ex US road
fluted stainless steel car, two ex CN duplex sleepers,
No.1 eng 6525 with a single ex CPR Budd stainless steel
car between four ex CN coaches.
6525 FP9A GMD A1197 4/1957 One of seven A units sold 1995
to Algoma Central becoming 1754.
Dramatic angle shot of spotless 6901 on a train in Union Station.
Friendly wave from the fireman on VIA's Canadian
6776_6864 with lengthy train. Moncton, NB 7/18/1986
Paul McGrane Collection
6907 LRC unit with standard coaches at the "new" CN station built in 1963.
6300 (ex 65XX) first of 15 units rebuilt for secondary services.
6313 remanufactured 3/1985 from FP9A 6526 nee CN 6526 GMD A1198 4/1957
6300-6315 upgraded 12/1983 -5/1985 16-645C. HEP equipped 1997.
Note: 6303, 6305, 6312 all now owned by OSR.
6400 F40PH-2D first unit of large order (60 units) of
first new power.
6569 (ex CP 1425 nee 4069) GMD A370 8/1952
Rail Diesel Cars
Six RDC's were remanufactured 2013 by IRSI Montcon, NB
Note: Cars are now single ended.
Sudbury - White River, Ontario 400 miles.
A look back more than half
of a century to this service through northern Ontario.
Shooting Star Camp 50 years advertisement 2018
6250_6219_6217 equipment move on way to station for No.185 to White
VIA 6250 number 185 loading large number of passengers on RDC-1 VIA 6105.
Backing off the shop track a little earlier 6250 ex VIA/CN 6450 and 6105 ex VIA/CN 6105
6219_6105_6217 VIA 185 at Sudbury Mile 79 Cartier Sub. 4/22/2014 Ken
6219 nee CP 9111 RDC-2 equipped with handicap lift at baggage end. CAD Montreal 11/03/2013
VIA 195 eng. 9022 sits for a 15 minute meal stop (vending machines
A full two years after acquisition by VIA 9022 is still in full CP
Rail paint scheme.
VIA 6504 leads Canadian being serviced at Revelstoke,
Interesting A-B-B-B consist to tackle the rugged mountains.
MLW FPA-4 1800 HP 92 MPH SG equipped
CN 6775 in the transition period with both names and paint
schemes in use.
6758 MLW FPA4 with a short train at Brockville November
10, 1986 Jackie McNeil/Ron Visockis Collection
CN 6787 bound for Ottawa. Transition period when VIA was part of CN. Coteau January 3, 1978. Ron Visockis
Turbo train from Toronto races past the station without stopping enroute on CN to Montreal. Brockville February 3, 1979
Check out that ladder track on the right. The Canadian Pacific had this neat little yard and the long lead that heads into the distance used to be a wye for turning CN passenger engines, which, by the way, back then, were mostly MLW FPA's. A single unit would come down the CP branch from Smith Falls, drop cars to be added to the next mainline CN passenger train, then turn itself for the reverse move back up the branch once the opposing CN passenger dropped cars for Smith Falls and Ottawa. Several times per day, this junction was alive with action.
6767 westbound with a fresh paint job in the early years
of VIA. CN 3713 with freight.
6756 still in CN paint scheme leads VIA painted B unit
and consist around a sweeping curve at Kingston. 1/1979
This at first looks to be a CN passenger train. A closer look reveals the truth of this undated photo. That blue and yellow baggage car tells it is a VIA Rail train. Note mileage board on shed at left. M.115 on the Kingston Sub. is Prescott, ON.
6868 one of 10 units (6860-6871) FPB-4 1800 HP MLW 82585 1/1959
CN 6762 painted VIA and lettered CN illustrates the interim period following creation of VIA in 1976 as a marketing scheme for federal government passenger service and the formal creation of VIA Rail Canada Inc. on April 1, 1978. Following which the CN initials were removed. Spadina roundhouse shop tracks in Toronto. May 24, 1977 Mike Woodruff
Some early views of MLW "Alcos" doing what they did best. Smoking it up!
All CP equipment acquired 9/28/1978.
B units painted with a simple pair of yellow lines to
match A units on either (or both) ends.
Sure looks like one heck of long locomotive! E8A 1898
just renumbered (6/80 ex VIA 1800) nee CP 1800 acq. 9/28/78.
Only Road Switcher on VIA. It was turned over by CPR to
fulfill requirements for a certain quantity of passenger units.
1418 GMD FP7A (ex CP 1418, nee 4060) with CP 8477 MLW
RS-10 and 1898.
Note: To avoid conflict with existing CN diesels VIA had to use a higher block of numbers for these B units.
This what they looked like when repainted. Note lack of
VIA on B units.
VIA 1962 F9B ex 4474 nee 1901 GMD A601 1/1954
VIA 1964 ex CP 1905 ex 4477 nee 1905. F9B GMD A605 3/1954
Calgary 2/11/1979 Doug Phillips
4701 on Moncton to Charlottetown, PEI connecting service
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