VIA Rail Toronto-Montreal line

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Toronto - Montreal
Number of Branches 2
Service type Corridor
Distance 539km
Duration MISSING
Ridership (2019) MISSING

The VIA Rail Toronto - Montreal corridor route is a route operated by VIA Rail as part of the VIA Rail Corridor services. It is the most heavily-used route in the VIA Rail network.

Route Details

Trains on this route run primarily on the Canadian National/Metrolinx Kingston Subdivision. They serve the cities of Belleville, Kingston, Brockville, Ottawa, and Cornwall, in addition to their terminuses of Montreal and Toronto.


This line has one branch:

  • Toronto Union Station - Montreal Gare Centrale (via Cornwall), trains 60-69; 660-669


Service on the Corridor between Quebec City and Windsor have existed early on, since before Confederation, in the form of a Grand Trunk Railway line between Quebec City and Windsor (continuing to Detroit and Chicago). By 1919 the GTR had been absorbed by Canadian National, which still owns the rails. The route of the Corridor has remained the same since the GTR's line was built.

Between 1976 and 1978, operations and rolling stock were transferred from Canadian National to VIA Rail Canada.

In the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, in an effort to increase ridership on the Montreal-Toronto route, Canadian National and VIA Rail Canada experimented with high-speed gas-turbine and diesel tilting trainsets. These experiments were jeopardized after numerous equipment failures and fuel problems with both types; however the latter's railcars still remain in service though powered by newer, more efficient locomotives.

Today, there are 9 runs serving the Cornwall branch, and 3 trains serving the Ottawa branch in both directions, on weekdays. The top speed for Corridor trains is 100mph (160km/h)

Rolling Stock

Passenger cars

Toronto-Montreal trains use LRC passenger cars and/or rebuilt Budd stainless steel coaches, built in 1954-55.

Motive Power

Toronto-Montreal trains are usually powered by two GE P42DC and/or GMD F40PH-3D locomotives, top-and-tailing the coaches.

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Current Routes
Corridor Montréal-Québec - Ottawa-Montréal - Sarnia-Toronto - Toronto-Montréal - Toronto-Ottawa - Windsor-Toronto - Toronto-Kingston - Toronto-London - Ottawa-Montréal-Quebec City - Maple Leaf
Long Distance Canadian - Prince Rupert-Jasper - Montréal-Gaspé - Montréal-Jonquière - Montréal-Senneterre - Ocean - White River-Sudbury - Churchill-Winnipeg
Current Fleet
Locomotives 201-204 900-920 6401-6402 6404-6459
Passenger cars 1720-1722 1750 3248 3300-3372 3451-3475, 3477-3478 4000-4009 4100-4125 7000-7011 7100-7113 7200-7232 7300-7316 7400-7402 7500-7526 7600-7602 8100-8147 8201-8229 8301-8342 8401-8418 8500-8517 8600-8616 8618-8623 8702-8718
Canadian Railroads
Canadian National
Canadian Pacific
VIA Rail
West Coast Express