There are three (3) Panorama Cars that VIA has altogether, just to be clear.
In the past, during peak season, when the Canadian operated three days a week, the Panorama Cars operated between Edmonton and Vancouver ONLY. Car was added in Edmonton, or dropped in Edmonton.
Now that the Canadian is running only two days a week for the entire jounrey from Toronto to Vancouver, it takes three consists to make that trip. Till the Prince Rupert "Touring Class" starts up in June (which is to operate with a Panorama Car), all three Panorama Cars will operate on the three Toronto to Vancouver Canadian consists. BUT once the Prince Rupert train begins its "Touring Class" operation in peak summer season, this train is to run with ONE of the Panorama Cars, thus leaving ONE of the Canadian consists SHORT of a Panorama Car operating Toronto to Vancouver.
Not sure if it would work out better for the Panorama Cars to be switched in/out of the consists at Winnipeg when the Canadian trainsets will only have TWO Panorama Cars assigned to it. When the Panorama Cars were first purchased from BC Rail, all three were assigned to the Prince Rupert train in peak. I have always found them to be really nice cars, and thought they worked out nicely as "Touring Class" cars on the Prince Rupert train. The Canadians already have their nicely branded ex-CP Budd stainless steel Skyline and Park Cars.
It would be nice if they could purchase another Panorama Car. Only other places I've seen them operated is on the Rocky Mountaineer (Silver Leaf Service cars) and up in Alaska.
VIA's got some interesting assignments among its Ocean, Canadian, Prince Rupert and Hudson Bay trains this peak season though!