A Virtual Tour of the Trans-Canada Limited of 1929 (5)

Car #4 of the Trans-Canada Limited

The Sleeping Car Somerset


This car was one of three types of first class sleepers designed for the Trans-Canada Limited.

It was called a "12-and-1" sleeper, meaning "12 sections and 1 drawing room" sleeper, and was the most popular sleeper design in North America. The Train also carried two other types of sleepers, with more private accommodations, such as the Glen Cassie and the Rutherglen, which you will see next on this tour.

At the end of World War II, many of these "S" series sleeping cars were modernized and renamed, with the Somerset becoming the Travers in 1948. T

The car had arrived here intact, but slightly deteriorated. As you can see, one-half of the car, all along your right side, has been restored to its original varnished look, while the other side has been left as modernized. Under the green paint is the same Honduran mahogany and inlays as on the restored side. Above the door over the tour attendant is a good comparison.

This unusual restoration saw extensive and often unnoticed work done to the car. Besides the interior restoration, one complete side of the steel car had to be re-welded and re-rivetted, to provide the original double window openings.

You should also note the stylistic differences in lighting fixtures, upholstery, carpet, mirrors, and window configuration, between the restored and modernized sides. Even the carpet is split in half, the end doors are also done down the centre.

Curtains have been hung up across eight of the upper and lower berths. This gives a quiet night-time feeling, and the car has been lighted in this manner. During the day, the lower beds were slid apart to become seats., and the upper berths were pushed up with the mattresses being stored in them.

In the hall you will pass the modernized drawing room, and the ladies dressing room and toilet.

This car was purchased from the South Simco group at the same time as the day parlour car #6751, and actually was an accidental find while #6751 was being inspected. Records had indicated the car had been demolished.



On to the Sleeping Car Glen Cassie