VIA Toy Train

VIA’s blue-and-yellow colors were a refreshing improvement over Canadian National’s nearly black and dirty white. These colors were featured on this piece of cardboard that came pre-perforated to allow children to fold the cutouts into a little train consisting of a locomotive, full-length dome car, and coach.

Click image to download a 1.2-MB PDF of this children’s toy.

The new railroad must have hastily printed these as soon as it began, as the fine print says repeatedly that it can be used to make “your very own CN train.” This suggests that CN had previously offered a similar item in its colors, and all VIA did is update the paint scheme.

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