Heritage Program

Modernizing our current fleet

Launched in 2018, VIA Rail’s Heritage Program centers will see major renovations to 71 cars in our current fleet. Scheduled to be completed in 2024, the initiative aims to provide an improved customer experience pending the delivery of our much-anticipated new fleet. Once the new fleet is up and running, the renovated Heritage cars will operate on long-haul and regional routes.


VIA Rail employees involved


of our global fleet to be modernized


million invested


hours required to replace 350 components on each locomotive

Changes that matter
Improved comfort and interior design

Our renovated cars will feature new or refurbished seats and new lighting and ventilation systems.

Updated amenities

Further upgrades include power outlets at every seat, additional baggage compartments, and revamped bathrooms.

Reduced environmental impact

We are adding high-performance ventilation and air conditioning, LED lighting and areas for recycling to save energy.

Additional operating efficiencies

By reducing the risk of breakdowns, we can improve employee safety and efficiency and increase reliability while simplifying maintenance.

Timeline and key milestones
Program launch at the Montréal Maintenance Centre
First new EPA-42 locomotive in the Corridor (prototype)
$46 million awarded to CAD Rail Industries
First new HEP2 cars in the Corridor
$16.4 million awarded to Rail GD
Current stageOngoing work by all partners
First cars received
Planned completion of the program