Monday, March 8, 2010

Museum Train - Part 2

Canadian National Railways Museum Train, Prince Rupert, May 1958. There is a loooong queue of Prince Rupert Natives waiting their turn to enter the “Journey into Yesterday” train museum.

This colorful train featured six exhibit cars plus three or four crew support cars, including a dormitory car and day coach for the traveling docents accompanying the exhibit. This photo must have been taken on a Sunday, as my Mom and Sister are in their Sunday best.

In addition to the historic exhibits, three legacy locomotives were included; GT 40 (4-4-0), GT 247 (0-6-0ST), and GT 713 (2-6-0).

The layout was very efficient; folks entered the first car and walked the length, exiting six cars later. Docents were dressed in vintage clothing to answer questions adding to the atmosphere of the dining car, coach, and sleeping car.

In the dining car, historic place settings (under Lucite!) were presented; demonstrating what class the Grand Trunk – later Canadian National Railways – treated her customers. Fine English Bone China, heavy silverware, and pure white linens.

The woodwork in all three cars demonstrated the lost art of heavy veneers and inlays. Placed in service in 1953, this train hosted thousands of visitors in both Canada and the US.

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