Tadman wrote: Odd. I'm not sure the average passenger has any idea how old the cars are. When I'm in business traveler mode rather than buff mode, I want a new-ish seat, functional tray table, reliable hvac and a good ride. I certainly have no idea how old the vehicle is when I fly, as Delta has mastered the art of making an 80's Super-80 look new inside, while AMR can make the same plane feel like the 1970's never left.
The age of the various VIA trains are:
Stainless steel HEP1 and HEP2 were built 1947-1955.
I was born in 1953 and will be celebrating my 65 birthday soon.
They have 188 cars in service.
LRC were built 1981-1984.
Some have been in service over 36 years.
They have 98 cars in service.
Budd RDCs were built 1955-1958.
They are also almost as old as I.
They have 7 RDCs in their roster, I’m not sure how many are in service.
Renaissance Cars were built in the mid 1990s, but didn’t enter service with VIA until 2002.
They have 110 cars in service with another 29 in storage that may have been scrapped.