A Virtual Tour of the Trans-Canada Limited of 1929 (3)

Car #2 of the Trans-Canada Limited

The Day-Parlour Car #6751

 
     
 
 
     
  This type of car was designed for short day trips of a few hours so there was no overnight accommodation, or food and beverage service.  
     
Day Parlour  
Photograph of a Day Parlour Car in a 1931 publicity brochure
The parlour room itself was the largest interior space of any on this train, and originally contained 30 plush-covered high-backed swivel chairs. One of the five chairs found so far has been re-upholstered in fabric similar to the original—a highly floral pattern. 25 more chairs will have to be constructed to restore the original appearance of the room.

Restoration to date involved stripping green paint that covered the panelling and brass hat racks, and moving and splicing some wall panels that had been altered to increase the size of men's and women's lounges at each end of the car.

The wood is Honduran mahogany with small inlaid border patterns. Future work involves new wool Axminster carpets and decorative brass ceiling grills. A large mahogany sideboard cabinet will someday be re-built to stand against the far end wall of this room.

Two of these cars at a time were normally placed on the front of the Trans-Canada for the two-hour trip between Montreal and Ottawa. Between Ottawa and Vancouver, this train continued as an exclusive first-class sleeping train only—the longest-distance all-sleeper train in the world.

This type of car was used by people with the financial means to afford it, the price for a parlour chair being an additional price to the first class fare, which was already substantially higher than the regular coach fare. Diplomats, politicians, business people and the wealthy would have used the service to obtain the extra privacy, comfort, and leg-room.

Over the years, this car had been modernized, then changed to a regular day coach. Still later, it was used in comuter service. It was purchased from the South Simco Railway Group north of Toronto in 1989.

 

On to the Dining Car Argyle