Interior of a Renaissance coach.
|Capacity||48 seats (coach, club cars)
48 seats (dining car)
10 double rooms (sleeping cars)
|Maximum speed||200 kilometres per hour (120 mph)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
Renaissance is a fleet of intercity railroad cars owned and operated by Via Rail Canada. The cars were built by Alstom in the mid-1990s for the proposed "Nightstar" overnight service between the United Kingdom and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Via acquired the entire fleet in 2000 for C$130 million after the Nightstar concept was abandoned. The cars entered 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 are stored at Thunder Bay, Ontario.|
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- Via Rail. "Service cars - Renaissance service car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Via Rail. "Service cars - Renaissance dining car". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
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- Media related to Renaissance passenger cars at Wikimedia Commons