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BUSINESS CAR BASKING. TerraTransport's Business Car 'Terra Nova 2' is seen basking in the hot sun of August 7, 1988. Originally built in May 1955 as the 8-Section, 1 State Room, 1 Smoking Room sleeper # 317 'Bonavista' by the CC&F, it was the last narrow gauge sleeping car ordered for the CNR's Newfoundland operations. A vital part of the 'Caribou's' consist, and delivered in all olive green livery, it would be repainted later in olive, black and gold and again in the black and grey before the end of passenger service in 1969. With the formation of TerraTransport in 1979, it was converted to a business car at a cost in excess of $250,000, complete with mahogany walls, a new observation platform and marker lights. While technically still on active duty at the time of this photo, with 7 weeks before the shutdown, it would never again ride the rails in revenue service. Having been sold and resold several times, including as a main attraction at the Trinity Loop Train Park where it could be rented for the night, it eventually found its way to the Orangedale Railway Station Museum in Nova Scotia where it remains to this day.
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Caption: BUSINESS CAR BASKING. TerraTransport's Business Car 'Terra Nova 2' is seen basking in the hot sun of August 7, 1988. Originally built in May 1955 as the 8-Section, 1 State Room, 1 Smoking Room sleeper # 317 'Bonavista' by the CC&F, it was the last narrow gauge sleeping car ordered for the CNR's Newfoundland operations. A vital part of the 'Caribou's' consist, and delivered in all olive green livery, it would be repainted later in olive, black and gold and again in the black and grey before the end of passenger service in 1969. With the formation of TerraTransport in 1979, it was converted to a business car at a cost in excess of $250,000, complete with mahogany walls, a new observation platform and marker lights. While technically still on active duty at the time of this photo, with 7 weeks before the shutdown, it would never again ride the rails in revenue service. Having been sold and resold several times, including as a main attraction at the Trinity Loop Train Park where it could be rented for the night, it eventually found its way to the Orangedale Railway Station Museum in Nova Scotia where it remains to this day.

Photographer:
Kenneth G. Pieroway [58] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/07/1988 (search)
Railway: Terra Transport (search)
Reporting Marks: Terra Nova 2 (search)
Train Symbol: Business Car (search)
Subdivision/SNS: St. John's S/D (search)
City/Town: St. John's (search)
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador (search)
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