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Canadian Pacific Railway

Stainless Steel equipment

The largest order of passenger equipment ever placed by the CPR (June 1953) was also the largest order
ever received by the Budd Company of Philadelphia for stainless steel passenger equipment, 173 cars.

Canadian content of equipment

New Passenger Car Program

Only 155 cars were initially ordered June 1953 then 18 baggage-dormitory cars were added in November.

1. 18 Park Cars. 1 drawing room, 3 double bedroom, lounge observation dome car.
. . . . . obs. lounge 13 seats, mural lounge 12 seats, scenic dome 24 seats.

2. 18 Skyline Cars. Dome coach coffee-shop. 24 seats dome, 26 seats coach. 23 seats coffee-shop.

3. 18 Dining room cars seating 48.

4. 18 Baggage-Dormitory cars. Sleeping 15 crew and 2 stewards. 18 tons baggage.

5. 42 Manor sleeping cars. 4 roomettes - 5 double bedrooms - 1 compartment - 4 open sections.

6. 29 Chateau sleeping cars. 8 duplex roomettes - 1 drawing room - 3 double bedrooms - 4 open sections.

7. 30 coaches. 60 seats with full length leg rests.

Grand total: 173 cars.



Spanner covers August-September 1953 issue.
Budd stainless steel train. Artists work.
Cover caption: N.R.Crump.

Editorial: N.R.Crump

Tunnel Clearances
Spanner November 1953

Equipment display in advance.

The Canadian was inaugurated Sunday, April 24, 1955.
Yoho Park brings up the rear of No.1 at Ottawa West.

The faster schedule (70 hours) of The Canadian with fewer stops meant that only seven sets of equipment were required
between Montreal and Vancouver (2,881 miles) plus two smaller sets between Toronto and Sudbury. Thus, 18 cars.

There were no spare cars! Instead, an elaborate system of preventative maintenance was carried out
in segments during layovers at Montreal and Toronto. Vancouver doing only failures.

Equipment maintenance schedule

There was sufficient equipment for The Canadian (77 cars) as well as partial equipment (96 cars) for The Dominion.

A late decision saw rebuilding of 22 Tourist sleeping cars to provide more economical accommodations.
These heavyweight steel cars were given stainless steel cladding to blend in better and renamed U class.
This provided two cars assigned per train set plus four spares.

Passenger Car Study 1952
Included RDC's and Suburban coaches.

Second Order of Equipment

Skyline cars.

This car offered less expensive food choices than the full dining car.

Skyline cars. 500-517 (18)

Dining Room cars

Interior of dining car. 1955 CPR/Steve Morris Collection.

These are Passenger Department employees posing as passengers!
Note the closed window blinds to block out activity on next track!

18 cars named for dining rooms in CP Hotels.


First class deluxe coach. 100-129 (30 cars).



Skyline parlor cars. Four cars modified from regular Skylines.

Sleeping cars


CPR employees as "Passengers" inside a Chateau bedroom. CPR/Steve Morris collection.

Duplex roomette interior

Sleeping lounge dome observation cars

History of scenic dome, open and enclosed observation cars

Murals inside Park cars.

Yoho Park in Montreal 1967. Short-lived Expo Limited. Digital restoration Gordon Kennedy

Interior of Park car. 1955 CPR/Steve Morris Collection.

These are Passenger Department employees posing as passengers!
Note the closed window blinds to block out activity on next track!

Riding Mountain Park Sudbury 6/1978

3000 Baggage-Dormitory

U class Tourist sleeping cars. 22 cars

Heavyweight steel sleepers rebuilt with stainless steel cladding.


Used stainless steel equipment

Four 5 Double Bedroom Lounge Brook series cars were acquired in January 1959 from the New York Central.

Two cars each worked Pool Trains 21 and 22 between Montreal and Toronto and Pool Trains 33 and 34 between Ottawa and Toronto. Initially, the Montreal cars operated through to Hamilton with two other sleepers on No. 321, returning on No. 328. Built by Budd in 1949, which company later built The Canadian equipment. All were sold in 1969, this car and another went to the Quebec Cartier Mining Company and one Singing Brook to the Algoma Central as their Canyon View.

Note: Singing Brook was a spare car for the 20th Century Limited's Hickory Creek and Sandy Creek.
The large observation windows were unique to these three cars. Babbling Brook (Seaview below) had standard size.

Seaview, is ex NYC Babbling Brook. It became Cartier 847.
John Street Coach Yard in Toronto, October 1965 David Hale

View car (ex NYC) with consist for Number 33 Pool train to Toronto via Havelock.
RDC for No. 134 to Montreal via Lachute.
Ottawa Union coach yard. 1965 Bruce Chapman Collection

Webb Rail Babbling Brook brings up the rear of Amtrak 69 entering Montreal on CN Rouses Point Sub. . 6/20/2014

Sold 1986 by Cartier into private car ownership and changed hands a number of times over the years.

Currently owned and operated for private charters by Webb Rail. See below:

PPCX 800007 Babbling Brook bringing up the rear of AMTRAK train 19 Crescent
approaching 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA. 4/09/2018

Trains photograph gallery of The Canadian
Including time tables, art and advertising etc.

NOTE: For self-propelled RDC see Locomotive galleries.


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