Omemee - Story of Another Railway Car (1 of 7)
The second car for the set of the Soo-Spokane Train Deluxe
- designated as Canadian Cultural Property
The Omemee was built in 1906 by the Barney & Smith Car Co., for the CPR's subsidiary Soo Line. Although built in the USA, it was designed to Canadian specifications for the Soo-Pacific (international) service between the mid-west of the United States and the north-west Pacific area (including Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, and later Portland)
This 12-section, 1-drawing room car is an exquisite example of Edwardian design in the Art Nouveau style. It, coupled with the observation-compartment car Curzon, also at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, provide as complete an historic experience of a train of that era as is possible. They contain features not found in later heavyweight steel trains, such as the 1929 Trans-Canada Limited, a complete set of which is also on display at the museum.
The Omemee was taken out of service in the early 1930's, and made into a lakeside cottage on Lake Winneconne west of Appleton, Wisconsin. There it languished in solitude, well maintained by its owner, Chester Green. His daughter, Betty, later inherited the car and, along with her husband Wally Osterlund, continued to make the car a cherished summer getaway. They lovingly preserved the beautiful panelled interior.