New VIA trains

VIA Rail Canada had been running new "Renaissance" trains on the Toronto-Montreal route for some time, but they were going to introduce them on the Ottawa routes, so they had a train on display at Ottawa station. A surprising number of people turned up to look at the train. Luckily, I got there early.

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VIA's new "Renaissance" trains on display at Ottawa station: these trains use the vehicles originally intended for "Nightstar" overnight service through the Channel Tunnel. The warning signs about overhead wires are not entirely redundant, as the train might run into a platform in Montreal that has 25kV power.
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Renaissance car: note the steps: Montreal's Central Station is, I think, the only station in Canada with high-level platforms.
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Renaissance bar car
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Exterior view of Renaissance car
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Renaissance bar car
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Loco of Renaissance train
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Dining car set for a meal
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Loco of Renaissance train
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Compartment of Renaissance car
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Detail of suspension of Renaissance car
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