Interpretive Car # 2, the Redvers (1929)

     
   

The Redvers is a modernized sister car to the fully restored Rutherglen of the Trans-Canada Limited.

It is being left in its modernized and painted interior to illustrate the changes in design philosophy between the time of original building in 1929 and the modernizations done between the late 1930's and the 1950's. It is a very important comparison to show you the changes in taste between different periods.

Under the grey paint is the Honduran mahogany panelling and inlays which are so beautifully restored in the sister car Rutherglen. Another feature is the large modern "Panavision" windows, different from the double paired window which were restored in the Rutherglen.

We should not be too quick to condemn the railways for these modernizations, since they were done by railways all over the world to extend the life of older cars. These up-grades also appealed to the public's quest for new fads and comfort due to technological advances. The public may have been becoming bored with varnished woods by the 1930's as the newer "art deco" period of simplicity and colours became dominant. The railways had to cater to public demand for their share of business. From our viewpoint today, this may not seem valid as we are swamped with fake woods, and plastic substitutes, but at that time, it was a serious consideration.

Because the car is not done in vanish, the walls, and other parts are not as fragile as the restored cars, so its public use can be expanded without damage occurring to the car.

Plans are someday, as funds permit, to have a motion simulator placed under this car to make it sway slightly. This will involve the use of stereo sounds and lighting sequences to fortify the sense of moving forward with darkened windows for a night setting.

   

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