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Research begins on the Soo-Spokane Train De Luxe

In 1977, the Curzon, is still a well-looked after country cottage next to Lake Winnebago in the state of Wisconsin, but it is now 70 years of age — and is a forgotten artifact from a bygone era. The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, B.C. begins the year with an extremely ambitious rail preservation project—the assembly and restoration of the luxurious "Trans-Canada Limited" of 1929, a made-in-Canada set of cars for the Canadian Pacific.

Research has also begun by the museum on a famous train used through Cranbrook — the long forgotten Soo-Spokane Train Deluxe. A yellowed Cranbrook newspaper, of July 4, 1907 proclaims Cranbrook to now "be on the mainline of a railroad". Since the Trans-Canada Limited is not specifically a Cranbrook train — it was used exclusively on the more northerly main route — a decision is made to try to re-assemble the Soo-Spokane as well. This train will do several things for the museum that the Trans-Canada cannot. It will represent the Edwardian era in railcar design, it will represent an important international connection, and it will tie the community of Cranbrook into the larger comprehensive museum artifact collection policy of the Railway Museum.

By 1989, the Trans-Canada Limited set assembly is complete, including advanced restoration. As well, two cars have already been secured for the Soo-CPR train, including a baggage-car (with wheels), and a first class coach (without wheels) with a surprisingly intact interior. This coach also survived as a country cottage near Calgary, Alberta.

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