Combination Baggage-Dormitory # 4489 (arrived 1986)
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The # 4489 was one of 11cars (# 4480-4490) built in 1929 to re-outfit the Trans-Canada Limited. It was an unusual car built entirely for dormitory purposes for the dining car crews of the Trans-Canada, and to carry the personal baggage of the passengers.

During the day, it also served as a club car for the male passengers on the train. The floor plan contained 6 sections, each with an upper and lower berth. Next, along a hall, was a smoking and wash room which had seating capacity for 5 and an unusual curved vaulted ceiling. Still in the room today is a rare "dental bowl" of nickeleen matching the single unit three-basin wash stand dominated by a large beveled mirror. An adjacent separate toilet room was located in the hall.

Original Floor Plan and Interior Finishes of the # 4489    

Hallways at the B-end of the car by-passed the men's room, and the other half of the car was a baggage room for passengers' baggage. There was neither mail, nor express, nor any other freight carried on this train. A locked door lead through from the main sleeping room to the baggage area.  
     
The interiors were finished in quarter-sawn Honduran Mahogany, but without the marquetry found in other cars. Three large brass decorative grills covered vents in the upper ceilings - and three large brass light fixtures of rather simple design compared to the other cars lit the main room and the smoking room.  
     

Each lower seat (berth) contained small round half-hooded light fixtures. The floors were not carpeted, but done in sturdy linoleum. A most unusual feature was the absence of stairwells. Like the dining cars, this type of car was never intended to be used without accompanying cars with stairwells such as sleepers, parlour cars and day cars.

Large exterior sliding doors provided access to the baggage area, and a single curved roof (rather than the usual raised clerestory section ) gave the car an unusual exterior appearance.

 

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