|The Trans-Canada Limited (1929)|
The Trans-Canada Limited was considered as one of the world's finest trains in its time. The concept of this train was that of a de luxe Hotel-on-Wheels.' It was the world's longest-distance all-first-class sleeper train, with the fastest time across the North American continent from one ocean to the other. The Trans-Canada Limited was operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was inaugurated in 1919, just after World War I, and lasted until 1930. As a result of the economic depression following the great Stock Market Crash of October 1929, it was cancelled in 1931. As with any other CPR passenger train, the equipment was the very best available, yet in June of 1929 the whole train was completely re-outfitted with 10 brand new sets of cars - each set costing in excess of one million dollars (including the locomotives).
The only surviving set of the Trans Canada Limited in existence has been re-assembled at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel and is on display for the public. It is of national and international signifiance.
This section of the website provides
a more detailed examination of the Trans-Canada Limited,
car by car, and documents the provenance of the cars, their condition
and restoration, as well as the work yet to be done. The text
is complemented by both archival images as well as photographs
of the train in its present condition. The museum's set contains
7 cars representing each type of car used on the Trans-Canada Limited. These are listed here in their usual sequence behind
Between Calgary and Kamloops, an open-topped viewing car, called a 'hayrack' or Mountain Observation Car, would be used behind the solarium car).
In this section of the website,
the following format is used for each car:
Trans Canada Limited