VIA Rail awards car renovation contract

The cars will be refurbished and transformed, the company says

April 13, 2018
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MONTREAL—VIA Rail Canada has awarded a contract valued at $46 million to Cad Railway Industries (Cad) to upgrade 25 train cars intended for use on the long-haul train, the Canadian.

Built in the 1950s, the cars will be refurbished and transformed to better meet clients’ needs, the company said. VIA Rail president and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano announced the investment at the company’s Montreal site.

This work will be undertaken by 100 Cad employees at their Montreal facilities.

The contract awarded to Cad to renovate these stainless steel cars will extend their useful life by a few decades and is in keeping with its “reuse-recycle-upgrade” approach. The cars will be retrofitted with a view to enhancing the passenger experience and making the equipment more reliable.

The work will include:

  • updating the interior design of the cars;
  • improving seat comfort;
  • installing devices to make the cars Wi-Fi ready for future deployment;
  • carrying out a mechanical upgrading;
  • renewing the heating systems; and
  • replacing various electronic/electrical components.

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