A Trip on VIA Rail’s ‘Train 87’ (Toronto, ON – Sarnia, ON)
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Note: The images shown on this page are a composite of both the westbound and eastbound trips and are shown in geographical order.
VIA Rail’s Train 87 is VIA’s train connecting Toronto, ON with Sarnia, ON. The train is part of VIA’s busy Quebec City to Windsor Corridor service and runs from Toronto to Sarnia via Kitchener, Stratford & London.
Prior to VIA, service was provided by Canadian National railways (CN) whose Tempo trains linked Toronto & Sarnia during the 1960’s & 70’s. Modern equipment under VIA consists of LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) coaches with active tilt technology that reduces sideways forces & increases passenger comfort when the train travels at high speeds around a curve. Motive power consists of General Motors Diesel 3,000 horsepower F40PH-2 or General Electric 4,250 horsepower P42DC diesel locomotives.
The route to Sarnia is a pretty one. After the train departs Toronto, it crosses the Credit River, passes through the pretty university town of Guelph, past Kitchener known for its Oktoberfest, then on to Stratford home of the famous Stratford Festival, over a large trestle at the quaint town of St Mary’s & on to London & Strathroy on the way to the city of Sarnia located on the shores of the St. Clair River.
Great views, spacious & comfortable seats, free wifi, and tasty meals & snacks are sure to delight on VIA Rail’s train 87.
There are taxi connections from Sarnia VIA station for passengers wishing to visit the riverfront, the casino, or downtown Sarnia. Once in Sarnia passengers may stay at the Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel and Conference Center.