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Fifty-four years ago this morning, on Sunday, January 1, 1967, two specially painted FP9s left the shop track at CPR's Ottawa West yard to begin a cross-Canada tour.    They would lead a Centennial Train that contained various exhibits celebrating the centennial of a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario as the new Canada.  Canada has subsequently prospered and grown from coast to coast to coast.  A caravan of Dodge powered tractor-trailers toured Newfoundland and communities remote from rail lines.

The federal government borrowed Canadian Pacific FP9 1411 and Canadian National FP9 6509 for the year-long trans-Canada trip.  The lead unit, CPR 1411, became the 1867 and sported Robert Swanson's specially designed horn that played the first few bars of O Canada. 

May we all celebrate the coming year in the spirit of that departure all those decades ago.
Copyright Notice: This image ©Bill Linley all rights reserved.



Caption: Fifty-four years ago this morning, on Sunday, January 1, 1967, two specially painted FP9s left the shop track at CPR's Ottawa West yard to begin a cross-Canada tour. They would lead a Centennial Train that contained various exhibits celebrating the centennial of a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario as the new Canada. Canada has subsequently prospered and grown from coast to coast to coast. A caravan of Dodge powered tractor-trailers toured Newfoundland and communities remote from rail lines. The federal government borrowed Canadian Pacific FP9 1411 and Canadian National FP9 6509 for the year-long trans-Canada trip. The lead unit, CPR 1411, became the 1867 and sported Robert Swanson's specially designed horn that played the first few bars of O Canada. May we all celebrate the coming year in the spirit of that departure all those decades ago.

Photographer:
Bill Linley [55] (more) (contact)
Date: 01/01/1967 (search)
Railway: Other (search)
Reporting Marks: CT 1967 (search)
Train Symbol: Centennial Train (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Ottawa Terminals (search)
City/Town: Ottawa (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. I recently met a feller in Sarnia by the name of Chesley (Chess) Maidment. He hails from Newfoundland but moved to Sarnia a long time ago.

    He worked on this train for many of the months of its year long journey as a labourer and said it was an amazing job. Told me many stories too. Unreal that it lasted a full year..!!!

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