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Restored CP "First Class" coach 141, dating from the early 1900's, is seen at John Street coachyard in downtown Toronto, brought out of storage for Railway Days in October of 1973. In the background, you can see the Toronto Star's office tower at 1 Yonge Street, and another high-rise tower under construction along the harbourfront.

During the planning of CBC's "The National Dream" series (with Canadian host Pierre Berton) in the early 1970's, CP was looking for old equipment suitable for use in the series of episodes portraying the creation and building of the railway. This car was originally built by CP's Angus Shops in July 1907 as suburban coach 141, and at the time was one of only three such cars left, assigned to OCS / Maintenance of Way duties on the DAR and numbered 411585. Originally a sister car was the one picked, but after it was damaged in transit, car 411585 and the remaining other car (for parts) were shipped to Weston Shops in Winnipeg for restoration in 1973. 411585 was given back its original number 141, and decorated to represent an earlier era for filming the 1870/80's-ish footage. The car, along with famed CPR 4-4-0 steamer 136 were both featured prominently many scenes of The National Dream. CP later donated 141 in 1980 to the Calgary Heritage Park, where it currently resides on display and restored to its original varnished wood exterior.
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Caption: Restored CP "First Class" coach 141, dating from the early 1900's, is seen at John Street coachyard in downtown Toronto, brought out of storage for Railway Days in October of 1973. In the background, you can see the Toronto Star's office tower at 1 Yonge Street, and another high-rise tower under construction along the harbourfront.

During the planning of CBC's "The National Dream" series (with Canadian host Pierre Berton) in the early 1970's, CP was looking for old equipment suitable for use in the series of episodes portraying the creation and building of the railway. This car was originally built by CP's Angus Shops in July 1907 as suburban coach 141, and at the time was one of only three such cars left, assigned to OCS / Maintenance of Way duties on the DAR and numbered 411585. Originally a sister car was the one picked, but after it was damaged in transit, car 411585 and the remaining other car (for parts) were shipped to Weston Shops in Winnipeg for restoration in 1973. 411585 was given back its original number 141, and decorated to represent an earlier era for filming the 1870/80's-ish footage. The car, along with famed CPR 4-4-0 steamer 136 were both featured prominently many scenes of The National Dream. CP later donated 141 in 1980 to the Calgary Heritage Park, where it currently resides on display and restored to its original varnished wood exterior.

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Bill Thomson [715] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/27/1973 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 141 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP John Street Coachyard/Roundhouse (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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