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Viewed from the unknown photographer's seat of a yellow Opel GT during an April 1975 trip railfanning Canadian Pacific's Dominion Atlantic Railway, CP SW1200RS 8137 is in charge of today's Truro-Windsor mixed train #22, seen here at Windsor NS coupled to its wooden 437xxx-series van and steel heavyweight coach 1303. The mixed may have dropped their freight at the yard, and be waiting to head to the station nearby.

Just like how the 8160-8162 were longtime assigned units on the GRR/LE&N, the 8130-series SW1200RS units were typical power assigned to the DAR, sometimes travelling to Montreal for major work. In later years, rebuilt 1200-series units would handle duties with other 8100's. 

At the time of this photo, DAR ran a mixed train from Truro to Windsor (#22) in the morning, and back from Windsor to Truro (#21) in the afternoon. This was the last mixed train operating on Canadian Paccific, and was likely one of the last uses of heavywight coaches in revenue service on the system. Regularly assigned at this time was coach 1303, a heavyweight first class coach originally built in 1929. 

In June the 1303 it was replaced by another heavyweight coach in mixed service (1720, that was used until the end, and featured bus-style seats. 1303 was then donated to the National Museum of Science & Technology (becoming their "Micmac"), eventually going to the BC chapter of the NHRS out west, and has since been since sold to US orgianization Heber Valley with most of the collection.

Original photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: Viewed from the unknown photographer's seat of a yellow Opel GT during an April 1975 trip railfanning Canadian Pacific's Dominion Atlantic Railway, CP SW1200RS 8137 is in charge of today's Truro-Windsor mixed train #22, seen here at Windsor NS coupled to its wooden 437xxx-series van and steel heavyweight coach 1303. The mixed may have dropped their freight at the yard and possibly waiting to head to the station nearby.

Just like how the 8160-8162 were longtime assigned units on the GRR/LE&N, the 8130-series SW1200RS units were typical power assigned to the DAR, based out of Kentville NS for maintenance purposes but sometimes travelling to Montreal for major work. In later years, rebuilt 1200-series units would handle duties with other 8100's.

At the time of this photo, DAR ran a mixed train from Truro to Windsor (#22) in the morning, and back from Windsor to Truro (#21) in the afternoon. This was the last mixed train operating on Canadian Paccific, and was likely one of the last uses of heavywight coaches in revenue service on the system. Regularly assigned at this time was coach 1303, a heavyweight first class coach originally built in 1929.

In June coach 1303 would be replaced with another heavyweight coach in mixed service (1720, that was used until the mixed trains were cancelled in October 1979. It featured a refurbished interior with bus-style seats). 1303 was then donated to the National Museum of Science & Technology (becoming their "Micmac"), eventually going to the BC chapter of the NHRS out west, and has since been since sold to Heber Valley in the US, along with most of the organization's collection.

Original photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

Photographer:
unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [950] (more) (contact)
Date: April 1975 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8137, 437xxx, 1303 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 22 Mixed (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Windsor - CP Halifax Sub (search)
City/Town: Windsor (search)
Province: Nova Scotia (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Certainly a rather interesting shot for the History Books. A view I would have thought was much earlier than 1975.

  2. The fact that it lasted until October 1979 is incredible. There are notes about its existence in early VIA timetables – no times, just a short section that says M-21 and M-22 provide service between Windsor and Truro, and to “see your local railway agent” for details.

    Greg McDonnell has a short section on this operation in “Passing Trains” titled “Last Train to Clarksville”.

  3. I rode this train in 1971 or 1972 as a grade school kid – I was already ‘into’ trains, from Lego and Lionel, and my father learned this was still running and got tickets for a family excursion.

    We were, for most of the run, the only passengers on the train, and once out of farming country and over the Shubenacadie River bridge, and into the Hants County woods, the conductor invited me and my younger brother to join him in the cupola of the caboose!

  4. A great experience no longer possible. That must have been a thrill. It would have been for me.

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