Canadian National sleeping car spaces were probably equal to those of the Canadian Pacific, but coaches were distinctly inferior. As I recall, they had vinyl upholstery instead of cloth, less leg room, and lights that did not dim much at night. But, for an extra fare, coach passengers on CN’s overnight trains could sit in a Dayniter, which had cloth seats that were about as comfortable as CP coach seats and whose lights were dimmed at night.

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This brochure advertises the Dayniters in two languages. As I recall, VIA added Dayniters to former CP trains such as the Canadian and Atlantic even though the CP coaches on those trains were just as comfortable. In fact, given a choice, I would prefer the CP coaches, but on CN routes the Dayniter’s were far better than an ordinary CN coach.

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