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CN GP40-2L(W) 9519 and caboose 79257 handle Mother Parkers private business car #1 "Pacific" on the Ajax Industrial Lead, seen outside the gates near Dowty Road behind Mother Parker's factory in Ajax. This was a likely a special move to either spot or lift the car at the factory.

"Pacific" was a sleeper-buffet-observation car built by CC&F in 1924, and came into prominence when it was used by King George VI and the Queen during their cross-country tour of Canada in 1939, and on the Royal train in 1951. The owner of Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee, Paul Higgins, purchased the car from CN in 1976 (some sources say 1972). His sons who run the company today keep the car stored on a siding at their plant in Ajax, and Pacific still sees occasional use by the company for promotional, travel and fundraising purposes.

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: CN GP40-2L(W) 9519 and caboose 79257 handle Mother Parkers private business car #1 "Pacific" on the Ajax Industrial Lead, seen outside the gates near Dowty Road behind Mother Parker's factory in Ajax. This was a likely a special move to either spot or lift the car at the factory.

"Pacific" was a sleeper-buffet-observation car built by CC&F in 1924, and came into prominence when it was used by King George VI and the Queen during their cross-country tour of Canada in 1939, and on the Royal train in 1951. The owner of Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee, Paul Higgins, purchased the car from CN in 1976 (some sources say 1972). His sons who run the company today keep the car stored on a siding at their plant in Ajax, and Pacific still sees occasional use by the company for promotional, travel and fundraising purposes.

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

Photographer:
Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [773] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/02/1982 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9519, 79257, MP 1 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Ajax Industrial Lead - CN Kingston Sub (search)
City/Town: Ajax (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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