Passenger Trains (5 of 12)
The Soo-Pacific train did not operate all year because passenger travel fell during the winter months and there was insufficient demand for the first class service to keep it running. Normally, the trains operated only through the summer months.
The beginning of the First World War doomed the Soo-Pacific Train de Luxe. Passenger travel declined and the priorities of the war effort in Canada shifted resources elsewhere. Moreover, immigration to western Canada all but stopped. The beautiful cars were used elsewhere on the CPR-Soo Line first-class trains. A Chicago-St. Paul-Vancouver service, via the CPR main line through the Rockies, continued to be operated during the summer months for many years. This service operated under various names including the Soo-Dominion and The Mountaineer.
The beautiful Barney and Smith cars stayed in service until the late 1930s when most were sold for scrap. Some ended their days in work train service but fortunately, the compartment-observatin car Curzon and the first-class sleeping car Omemee survived as summer homes in Wisconsin and were eventually acquired by the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at Cranbrook. They are key components of the Soo-Pacific train set that is one of the major attractions of the museum.