Canadian to Resume Serving Toronto on Saturday

The Canadian, the fabled transcontinental passenger train of VIA Rail Canada, will resume operating east of Winnipeg on Saturday, April 11.

The Canadian will depart from Toronto on that day for the first time since a Canadian National crude oil train derailment in March blocked the route. Since then, the Canadian has been operating only between Vancouver and Winnipeg.

The first train to operate from Vancouver to Toronto will depart on Friday, April 10.

Through May 1, VIA Nos. 1 and 2 will operate twice weekly. The frequency of operation will expand to tri-weekly for the summer. VIA said in a statement that the Canadian will remain subject to delay.

The railroad also said that its new Prestige class service, which had been suspended while the train did not operate to and from Toronto, will now be available for every trip.

“The number of available bedrooms will differ, however, because some [equipment]sets may have a Prestige Park but not a Prestige Chateau; others will have a Chateau but not a Park.

VIA expected to have seven bedrooms (Park and Chateau) per departure effective May.

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