Sudbury–White River train

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Sudbury–White River
VIA 185 (Sudbury to White River).jpg
VIA 185 in Sudbury, Ontario
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Operating
Locale Northern Ontario, Canada
Current operator(s) Via Rail
Start Sudbury
End White River
Distance travelled 484 km (301 mi)
Service frequency 3 times per week
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Track owner(s) Canadian Pacific Railway

The Sudbury–White River train, formerly the Lake Superior, informally called the Budd Car, is a Canadian passenger train operated by Via Rail serving communities between Sudbury and White River, Ontario three times a week.[1][2] The timetable numbers for this train are 185 for the westbound (Sudbury - White River) and 186 for the eastbound (White River - Sudbury).

The train provides flag stop service to many remote locations only accessible by rail on the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline in Northern Ontario. Stops on the line include Amyot, Swanson, Franz, Lochalsh, Missanabie, Dalton, Nicholson, Chapleau, Nemegos, Kormak, Sultan, Biscotasing, Metagama and Benny. The journey is 484 kilometres (301 mi) and typically takes 10 hours traveling through the Canadian Shield.

The typical equipment used on this route is Budd Rail Diesel Car using a RDC-2 and RDC-4, with an extra car added when required, typically on the Victoria Day weekend.

The line figures in 2015 television series on the UK's Channel Five - Chris Tarrant – Extreme Railways.[3]


VIA Sudbury-White River (interactive map)


  1. ^ Via Rail Timetable
  2. ^ "Sudbury-White River train – Description - Via Rail". Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  3. ^ "SHOT UP HERE". Music and Film in Motion. Cultural Industries Ontario North. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 2015 - Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways: The Railway Created Canada (Sudbury, Chapleau & White River)