MISC VIA photos
December 9, 2021 - From the vault of Ray Farand we get to see VIA 6433 and 6457 pulling several ballast cars for track maintenance in Ottawa back in November 2012.
June 29, 2014 - New Prestige cars prepared to be shipped east, train 693 turned around at Dauphin
Last month I posted a series of photos (scroll to the bottom of this page), showing a deadheading LRC car plus two grey-banded "Prestige Class" cars on train #1 through Winnipeg. After reaching the west coast and spending some time in Vancouver, the cars returned and were shunted to the Winnipeg Maintenance Center (WMC). I lost track of the LRC car in the shuffle. You can see what the other sides of the Prestige cars look like plus the few changes VIA made to them since my first batch of photos. Here the two Prestige cars are leaving WMC on a deadhead movement of outbound train 693. The cars were being ferried from WMC to the station and did not leave the city on #693. Instead, later that night they were added to #2's consist and transferred to Toronto for a July 1 arrival. The #693 trainset shown here (less the two Prestige cars) left Winnipeg on time but ended up turning back at Dauphin the next day and returned to Winnipeg as #692. This was due to flash floods on the northern Togo and Assiniboine subdivisions. Thanks to CanadianPassengerRail group for providing some of this info.