VIA Rail Canada

Siemens SC-42 (Charger)

With an expected start to delivery in 2022, the Siemens SC-42 (Charger) is meant to become the main trainset/locomotive to be used within the Corridor. Built by Siemens in Sacramento, California, the units were ordered in 2018 following both an RFP and RFQ. The first units are expected to arrive in Q2 / Q3 2021 for testing, with a progressive entry in-service between 2022 and 2024. The order totals 989 million CAD.

Via ordered 32 bi-directional trainsets allowing for push-pull operation, composed of SC-42 locomotives, cab-cars and Venture coaches. Those units will all be diesel-powered and meant to meet Tier 4 diesel regulation, reducing emissions up to 80% compared to existing equipment.

The units will also be the first to present a new livery for Via Rail, which was officially announced on May 26, 2021.


71 ft 6 in (21.79 m)


14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)


10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)

Prime Power (Power Rating)

Cummins QSK95 (4,200 hp)


264,556 lb (120,001 kg)

Entry in service

2022 – 2024 (Expected)

Fleet size

32 (2200-2264)