Interior of a Renaissance coach.
|Capacity||48 seats (coach, club cars)|
48 seats (dining car)
10 double rooms (sleeping cars)
|Maximum speed||200 km/h (124 mph) |
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Renaissance fleet is a set of intercity railroad cars owned and operated by Via Rail Canada.
The cars were built by Metro Cammell in the mid-1990s for the proposed Nightstar overnight service between the United Kingdom and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. They are based on the British Rail Mark 4 design, but with heavy weight steel construction (by European standards) to meet safety requirements for the carriages to run through the Channel Tunnel.
In 2000, after the Nightstar concept was abandoned, Via acquired the entire fleet, including many unfinished shells, for C$130 million. The cars entered Canadian service in 2002.
The Council for Canadians with Disabilities successfully sued Via Rail in Council of Canadians with Disabilities v. VIA Rail Canada Inc. over the lack of accessibility of the Renaissance cars. The Canadian Transportation Agency ordered Via to retrofit some of the fleet to ensure the availability of accessible accommodations. Nevertheless, the Renaissance cars remain the least accessible in the fleet.:2–3:129–130
|Type||In service||Fleet numbers||Notes||Image|
|Baggage car||9||7000–7011||Built out of unused sleeping car shells.|
|Club car||14||7100–7114||48-seat capacity in a 2+1 configuration.|
|Coach||33||7200–7232||48-seat capacity in a 2+1 configuration.|
|Lounge car||20||7300–7316; 7354–7359||Via Rail refers to these as "service" cars.|
|Dining car||3||7400–7402||48-seat capacity; built out of unused sleeping car shells.|
|Sleeping car||57||7500–7589||10 double bedrooms. 29 unfinished shells were stored at Thunder Bay, Ontario. These have since been scrapped.|
|Transition Car||3||7600–7602||Used to transition between the European Renaissance couplers and the standard knuckle couplers on HEP rolling stock.|
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- Via Rail. "Baggage cars - Renaissance baggage car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Via Rail. "Passenger cars - Renaissance Coach car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Via Rail. "Service cars - Renaissance service car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Via Rail. "Service cars - Renaissance dining car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Via Rail. "Sleeping cars - Renaissance sleeping car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Via Rail. "Baggage cars - Renaissance baggage transition car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Media related to Renaissance passenger cars at Wikimedia Commons