The refurbished dining car on the Polar Bear Express came straight from the ONR’s manufacturing and repair shop in North Bay.

Ontario Northland communications manager Renée Baker says, “The car actually went into service on Monday and we’ve received some feedback already from passengers on how bright, airy and comfortable the piece of equipment is.”

The exterior of the new Polar Bear Express dining car. (Supplied by the ONR)

All the refurbishment is done by ONR employees. “They basically take the shell of an old passenger dining car or even an old passenger car,” says Baker. “They strip it right down to the metal steel and then they build it brand new.”

If you are interested in exploring the north by train, the Polar Bear Express has introduced its summer schedule. Now with a Sunday trip, it offers service six days a week.

With files from Bob