Business Use of Retired Railway Equipment and Stations
Railways often leased or sold unused stations with some being moved off railway property and others in situ. In many cases especially on abandoned lines these stations became residences. In other cases businesses took them over sometimes with addition of retired passenger train rolling stock. In still other cases only rolling stock, mostly passenger cars were used by themselves. The most common non-residential use was for restaurants although almost entirely independently owned as opposed to franchised locations. These are particularly risky with a high failure rate.
One exception to the latter was McDonald's which had a caboose at many locations for children's birthday parties. These were wooden, many fell into disuse and were scrapped.
One large restaurant chain based out of San Francisco
with 100 locations in US and Canada was Victoria Station with
locations at 190 Queens Quay East on the Toronto waterfront (long before
the area became filled with high rise condos!),
Other uses for cabooses included tourist information booths, B&B's etc. Many became private cottages or guest houses.
Non-business uses include railway museums, displays at heritage villages, public displays in parks, private uses including collections not open to the public. There are thousands of pieces of motive power and rolling stock all across Canada plus, tourist railways that both operate and display equipment. Sadly, a lot of this equipment in various catagories is neglected or poorly maintained often winding up being scrapped. In fact, decades ago the poor condition of cabooses still bearing the corporate identity of the donor caused the president of the CPR to prohibit any further donations.
We will have a look at some here. Former stations have also been used, mostly as restaurants.
If you have any photos of these sorts of places both business and private, stations or cars, Please CONTACT US.
A&W "CNR 9" Maybe "Engine, engine number 9"
of children's song fame.
Little people like it! This is at 333 Gregg Avenue on the Yellowhead Highway in Hinton.
CN 78881 is now The Loose Caboose a fast food place now open
365 days a year.
Reused stations for residences, restaurants, other business etc.
Various railways (alphabetical order)
Annapolis Royal Train Station
Broken Rail Brewing
Clearview Station Bed and Breakfast
Cranberry Golf Course NEW
Footloose Caboose Lodge
Historic Train Station
Island Stone Pub-Kensington Station
Le Railcar Restaurant NEW
Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum
Ossawippi Express Dining
Rocky Mountain Resort NEW
Farms and Winery
Rails End Gallery and Arts
Resto Gare NEW
Stirling Rotary Club NEW
Tatamagouche Train Station
The Island Stone Pub
The Keg at the
Station NEW 2021
The Old Spaghetti
The Old Spaghetti
Factory NEWEST 2022
The Smokin' Buddha
Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery
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