The Chapleau Post reported that it was the first of the 18 scenic dome cars to go into service.
"The new cars mark a new era in rail travel comfort on the railway," the Post story said. Each of the cars would be named after one of Canada's national or provincial parks.
The CPR through the sponsorship of the Royal Canadian Academy commissioned 18 of Canada's best known artists to depict the natural beauties of each of the parks in mural form for the lounge which is situated under the upper level dome."
For those who recall those wonderful days of passenger rail travel to places like Toronto or Montreal or were westward bound, and spent time in the lounge, those murals were beautiful.
The Post story added that the new scenic dome cars would be known as 'Park' cars and were part of an order for 173 stainless steel cars which, when delivery was completed would "revolutionize transcontinental travel in Canada."
As delivery of the Park cars was made, they went into service on the CPR transcontinental line. They soon became a common sight at Chapleau.
Just recently I received a copy of the July 22, 1954 Chapleau Post from Charlie Purich with the story about the dome car arrival on the front page.
I travelled back and forth to Toronto many times, especially when attending university from 1960 to 1964. I made my first trip across Canada from Toronto, with a stopover in Chapleau to see my Mom, family and friends, and then on to Vancouver (and return) to attend a university newspaper editors conference at the University of British Columbia in 1963.
After I become a daily newspaper reporter in 1964, and worked on papers on the Prairies I went back and forth on the CPR and Canadian National.
However, fifty years ago on August 31 when I was starting my newspaper career at the Daily Press in Timmins, I did not arrive there by train but over Highway 101 which had been officially opened in 1962. My uncle, B.W. 'Bubs' Zufelt drove me to Timmins and my grandmother, Edythe Hunt came along to make sure I arrived OK at my first full time job.
|MJ as young reporter|
So, thanks Charlie for sending me a Chapleau Post from 60 years ago, so I could work in a comment about starting my journalism career 50 years ago, plus share the news about the arrival of the dome cars. But as Tom Brokaw, the longtime anchor of NBC Nightly News once said, "It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about." My email is firstname.lastname@example.org