VIA May Seek New Ontario Route for Canadian

VIA Rail Canada may be in the market for a new route for its transcontinental Canadian, which has suffered months of late running over its congested Canadian National route through Northern Ontario.

On March 11, the famed streamliner was suspended between Winnipeg and Toronto in the wake of two CN derailments of crude oil trains.

One route that VIA is reportedly eyeing would put the Canadian back on Canadian Pacific tracks for part of its route.

The Canadian began as a CP train and many have long argued that CP has the more scenic route through the Rocky Mountains.

However, VIA seems to be most interested in using CP tracks east of the Rockies between Winnipeg and Sudbury, Ontario.

VIA CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said last November in an interview with Railway Age that using CP east of Winnipeg would give it a more scenic route closer to the Great Lakes while also serving more communities.

For now, VIA’s primary concern is to ensure that the Canadian is ready for operations by the summer tourism season.

It could take up to two months for VIA to study the CP route and negotiate a contract with CP to host the train.

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