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Arriving soon on Via Rail: Heritage Minute by WiFi

A Via Rail train takes on passengers at Dorval Station in Montreal.

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Via Rail Canada Inc. says it will begin offering television shows and films for all passengers with a laptop, smart phone or tablet.

With a deliberately Canadian slant, travellers will be able to access through the train's local WiFi network free CBC programming, animated and documentary movies from the National Film Board of Canada and the Heritage Minute series of short films on Canadian history.

This wide catalogue of on-board shows, in French and English, including up to 50 hours of NFB films to choose from, is unique on North American passenger trains, according to Via.

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The service will first be introduced along the Quebec City to Windsor route this Spring.

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