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Canadian National Railways sleeping car "Grand Falls". still wearing its Newfoundland Railway colours three years after Newfoundland became Canada’s 10th province, is seen in St. John’s July 29, 1952.  Built by National Steel Car in 1928, it was one of the three oldest sleeping cars in the fleet.  It was fitted with 8 sections and 1 drawing room and, like all Newfoundland Railway passenger cars, was not air-conditioned.  Passengers  in a lower berth could open the lower sash a few inches exposing a fine mesh screen which kept out most, but not all, of the smells and sounds of steam-powered railroading.

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Caption: Canadian National Railways sleeping car "Grand Falls". still wearing its Newfoundland Railway colours three years after Newfoundland became Canada’s 10th province, is seen in St. John’s July 29, 1952. Built by National Steel Car in 1928, it was one of the three oldest sleeping cars in the fleet. It was fitted with 8 sections and 1 drawing room and, like all Newfoundland Railway passenger cars, was not air-conditioned. Passengers in a lower berth could open the lower sash a few inches exposing a fine mesh screen which kept out most, but not all, of the smells and sounds of steam-powered railroading.

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Photographer:
Julian Bernard [23] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/29/1952 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN Grand Falls (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: St. John's Station (search)
City/Town: St. John's (search)
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Thats beautiful. But I am afraid to ask where it is now.

  2. This is very rare – not too many photos of the Newfoundland Railway in colour especially of the pre-confederation (1949) scheme.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Absolutely incredible Mr. Bernard! What a handsome paint scheme! Would you happen to have anymore Newfoundland gems that you could post? I’m sure the members would be delighted to see them!

  4. Mr. Bernard, are you able to identify either the word or the letters on your original copy of the car in the background behind the ‘Grand Falls’? I am trying to see exactly which car/sleeper it is?
    Thank you so much!
    Sincerely,
    Kenneth G. Pieroway

  5. Sorry, but I am unable to identify the car to the left of Grand Falls. It appears to have a name as does its window arrangement both of which would confirm that it is a sleeping car.

  6. Thank you so much for checking this out Mr. Bernard. I truly appreciate it. Did you manage to find any other Newfoundland gems in your collection? They are beautiful images and the colour from 1952 so rich. – Sincerely, Kenneth

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