Super Continental in the 1960s
Super Continental (left) at Washago, ON in 1967
In 1978, Via Rail Canada, a newly formed Crown Corporation, assumed responsibility for all former CN and CP passenger services. Decline in ridership had caused the Super Continental to be abolished in 1981. Service was later restored in 1985 with a truncated route between Vancouver and Winnipeg but it was rather brief. The train departed Winnipeg for Vancouver for the last time as the Super Continental on 14 January 1990. However, on the same day, The Canadian was rerouted from the Banff-Calgary-Regina-Winnipeg-Thunday Bay-Sudbury Canadian Pacific Railway onto the former Canadian National route of the Super Continental.
Super Continental a year before cancellation in Jasper, AB
Super Continental (The Canadian) and Washago today
Today the Super Continental lives on, but with the name of a more glamourous train (page on Via Rail). She now departs 3 times a week each direction from Vancouver and Toronto only and has a transit time of over 80 hours.