|The Ocean Limited, (2003)
In July 2004, VIA Rail Canada’s Ocean — operating six days per week between Montréal and Halifax — will celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary as the longest-running regularly scheduled and named passenger train in Canadian history. Created in 1904, the name for the train was arrived at by way of a public contest. The original Ocean Limited was intended to be a summer supplement to the old Intercolonial Railway’s Maritime Express.
The Ocean has survived wars, disasters, and significant changes in economic conditions surrounding passenger rail. The Ocean continues to effectively serve many communities in eastern Quebec and the Maritimes operating over the Canadian National Railways and two regional railways that are part of the Quebec Railway Corporation group. In 2003 VIA introduced upgraded "Renaissance" equipment on the Ocean.
Serving Montréal, Québec City, Matepédia, Campbellton, Mirimachi, Moncton, Truro, and Halifax, as well as communities in between, the Ocean provides six-days-per-week service in each direction and offers coach and sleeping car accommodations.
On the occasion of its centennial of continuous operations, the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize the contribution of the Ocean to the history of eastern Quebec and the Maritimes, and the role it continues to play as a safe and efficient form of public transportation service.