The Canadian 1955

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A Canadian Pacific Presentation
An Associated Screen Picture

In 1955, Canadian Pacific Railway introduced its flagship train, The Canadian to the traveling public.  This film features the on-board amenities and scenery of a journey west from Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver.  Each trainset was decked out in fluted, stainless street and built by the Budd Company.  Pulled by GMD FP7 diesels, each train featured a mid-train Skyline Dome and end of train Dome Observation car.

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“You can look up, down, all around…”.  CP Skyline dome riders gaze past pale fuchsia curved beams at the darkness outside;  The Canadian rolling through spectacular Alberta scenery.

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CP FP7 diesels split searchlight signals somewhere out West; Route Map of the Canadian.  Note Canadians originated in both Montreal and Toronto combining in Sudbury, Ontario for the journey West.

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Fancy stainless steel conductor’s station for checking in passengers; At the gate with the dome observation in the background.  Yaaaa! He’s twisting my arm!

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Two frumpily dressed gals are shown around their sleeper by the porter; Lots of frowning old people riding the dome on CP train #1.  Is that guy in the back giving us the finger?

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CP 1420 leads The Canadian through a tunnel and along Lake Superior.

Let’s take another look at the train interior.

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Riding in coach.

When the train was delivered from Budd, there were not enough stainless steel coaches available.  In many of the train rollbys, you can see three heavyweight coaches at the head end painted to appear as fluted stainless steel.

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Interior of the dining car; Typical place setting in the diner; Meeting the chef in the kitchen; Meat locker in the kitchen.

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Conductor showing folks around the dome observation – first in the rounded end of the car; second above in the dome.

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Let’s head further West.  Here’s the Canadian trundling through some serious mountains (note the GMD GP7 tucked in after the F’s); More glum old people in the dome. 

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Note the 3 heavyweight coaches I mentioned earlier at the head of this consist; rounding a curve in the Canadian Rockies.

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Train #1 arriving at Banff, Alberta;  My mom had that exact, same camera.


Meet shot!  CP trains #1 and #2 pass between Lake Louse and Banff.

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CP #1 at Morant’s CurveThe Canadian – transporting the Geritol set since 1955.

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Dropping down The Big Hillinto Field, BC; CP #1 exiting the lower Spiral Tunnel.

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Arriving in hazy Vancouver, BC; Unloading lots of luggage…from the dome car?

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A final “coming and going” view of The Canadian in the Rockies.


A very enjoyable travelogue.  OK, it would have helped to show a little cheesecake along with that scenery — or at least someone under the age of 45.  Still, this flick is a timeless look at The Canadian when it was brand new in all it’s red-accented glory (I never did understand the VIA electric blue and yellow colors, but I digress).  Oh, Canada!

The Canadian 1955 was available as a DVD from Greg Scholl Video Productions   I couldn’t find it there, but was able to get a copy on good old Amazon dot com.

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About Lindsay Korst

Webmaster, Blogmaster, Ferroequinologist - Lindsay Korst works for a nationwide home improvement center after a 20+ year career supporting computer users. A resident of the Seattle area since 1976, he has had a life-long interest in railroads, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. He is an enthusiastic participant in the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. He and his wife reside in Redmond, Washington.
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