Edmundston Blog: 19 January 2016

Edmundston Blog: 19 January 2016

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Click here or on the image below to watch a very short video of our new car on Facebook. You don’t need to join Facebook to watch it and the little Facebook monsters won’t invade your computer if you click on the link.

The Crazy Meanderings of the Edmundston!

August 10 - On CSX train L54009 from Atlanta, GA to Buffalo, NY.

August 10 – On CSX train L54009 from Atlanta, GA to Buffalo, NY. Photo courtesy Tom Boylan

August 20 - Spotted on a CSX train going through Ashtabula, OH.

August 20 – Spotted on a CSX train going through Ashtabula, OH. Photo courtesy Tom Boylan

Edmundston roamed around Ohio for weeks because its diaphragm got damaged. Take a look a the photo above. Thankfully CSX managed to repair it so the car could continue north.

September 2 - On the CSX/CP interchange from Buffalo. 

September 2 – On the CSX/CP interchange from Buffalo. Photo courtesy Adam Wills

September 4 - IT'S HOME!!! Photographed in Canada! 

September 4 – IT’S HOME!!! Photographed in Canada! Photo courtesy Josh Anderchek

September 13 - Lambton Yard, Toronto.

September 13 – Lambton Yard, Toronto.


September 14 – Home on the CVR in Streetsville, ON!
Rapido Sleeper Video

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WHY ON EARTH?

So why have we acquired a real passenger car? Well, Jason believes in putting my money where his mouth is. He’s complained vocally online, in print, and to anyone who will listen (and many who wouldn’t) about the lack of VIA passenger cars that have been restored in preservation as VIA passenger cars. Most VIA cars are either restored in CN’s 1954 paint scheme or are in tourist line paint schemes and often heavily modified without concern for preserving the cars’ heritage.

Our VIA 4-8-4 sleeper has four sections, eight roomettes and four bedrooms. (In Canada, we classify sleepers from least to most expensive accommodation.) Edmundston will be restored to in-service condition as it was circa 1980, and will be the first passenger car in North America actually restored to VIA blue and yellow colours, as opposed to rusting away in faded VIA blue and yellow colours (there are lots of those around). We will be upgrading it to Head End Power, but we will be doing a “historically-sensitive restoration” and maintaining as much of the original steam-heating equipment as Transport Canada will allow us to have.

Edmundston in service. Senneterre, Quebec, February 1995.

Edmundston in service. Senneterre, Quebec, February 1995.

Jason’s first ride in an E sleeper was on board Edmundston to northern Quebec when he was a university student, almost exactly 20 years ago. And, lo and behold, Edmundston is our first passenger car purchase! It must have been fate…

As the restoration progresses we will provide regular updates on our Facebook page, and we will create a web site for Edmundston in due course. We will begin to offer exclusive Rapido excursions in Edmundston as soon as the car is ready for service. Stay tuned for more information!

As you can tell, we’re very excited about this, even though we know it’s going to be a money pit. We’re looking for VIA/CN bedroom seats for the car, as we only have two and we need eight. If you can help, please send me an email.

If we can pull this off without completely losing our shirts, there may be more 1:1 scale VIA passenger cars in our future…

Jason

To read more about our project in our recent newsletter click here. For an in-depth blog post on the Edmondston restoration click here.

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