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Equipment Roster of the 1978 - 1980 Canadian Discovery Train
 
 
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This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. Any additions or corrections, please email.
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LOCOMOTIVES
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
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Canadian National Steam Locomotive #6060, a large 4-8-2 Mountain type steam locomotive was proposed to pull the train according to NMC documents. It was never used. www.6060.org

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Canadian Pacific Steam

Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotive #1201 (a 4-6-2 Pacific type) appeared with the Discovery Train on opening day in Kingston, ON, but never pulled the train. There is a shot of the locomotive with the train in the documentary Once Upon a Train: The Discovery Train, Year One. A nice camera move makes it appear the locomotive is beginning to pull the train, but it isn't.

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CN Diesels. Various Canadian National diesels were used to pull the Discovery Train. The first was CN 5127, which headed the train as it left its first display city of Kingston for Montreal.

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CP Diesels. Various Canadian Pacific diesels were used to pull the Discovery Train.

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CARS
CAR NOTES
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Tech Car. Not originally part of the Discovery Train, this car was added for the train's second season (1979). A six-axle baggage car, the car was simply painted white with three small Discovery Train logos on each end. Later to Union Pacific. Ex-CN 8035, nee-9074, built by National Steel Car Co., LTD and delivered to the CN between February and May 1951. Privately owned since 1994 and stored at Raleigh, NC.
Boutique Car. Exterior art: Portrait of an Inuit. 4-axle baggage. Ex-VIA baggage car? Numbered 219 on the car end. The car contained a reproduction of a 19th century Hudson Bay Company store, The Trading Post. Please email if you know more about the car or its contents.
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Storage Car. Exterior art: Portrait of an Indian woman. Ex-VIA? Six-axle trucks. Later to Union Pacific, now privately owned STRX 203 stored at New Orleans, still in Discovery Train livery.
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Storage Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a soldier with a white hat. Ex-VIA baggage car?
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Power Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a colonial soldier. Ex-American Freedom Train 200. Later Union Pacific 205, part of their yellow business car fleet. Stored at Cheyenne, WY.
Power/Exit Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a nun. Ex-AFT 111. Later UP 206, then Pacific Railway Preservation Association PRPX 111.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a soldier with a black hat. Interior: The Finale. Ex-AFT 110.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a Suffragette. Interior: 1945 to Present. Ex-AFT 109.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a woman and child. Interior: The Second World War 1939 - 1945. Ex-AFT 108.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a prospector. Interior: Boom and Bust 1900 - 1939. Ex-AFT 107.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a Mountie. Interior: The Pioneers 1885 - 1910. Ex AFT-106.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a woman with tall hat. Interior: Immigrants from Central Europe. Ex AFT-105.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a doughboy. Interior: British North America. Ex-AFT 104.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a sea captain. Interior: New France. Ex-AFT 103.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a military pilot. Interior: Indians and Inuit. Ex-AFT 102.
Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of an infant. Interior: Prehistoric Man. Moving walkways started with this car. Ex-AFT 101.
Showcase/Tunnel Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a construction worker. Interior: Discover Canada: The West to Beringia. No moving walkway. Had large windows on the side through which exhibits could be viewed. Ex-AFT 41.
Showcase/Tunnel Car. Exterior art: No portraits, just stripes. Interior: Discover Canada: Eastern Woodlands to the Grasslands. No moving walkway. Had large windows on the side through which exhibits could be viewed. Ex-AFT 40.
Entrance/Display Car. Exterior art: Portrait of a modern day professional woman. Interior: Discover Canada: East Coast. Ex-AFT 100.

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Business/Press Reception Car. Open end observation car. For the Discovery Train it was originally numbered 218 on the tail, later 220. The car was built for the Canadian Government Railway by Rhodes-Curry in 1905 as the sleeping car Alexandra. It has been described as the most elegant car ever built by the Amherst, Nova Scotia plant. Today it is part of the "Train Station Inn" at Tatamagouche, NS, still in Discovery Train livery. The Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society has the details...
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Wagons. Several utility and souvenir wagons accompanied the train.
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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: Mary Jayne & John Z. Rowe, John Hendricks, Don Evans, everyone at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Martin Lewis, Barry Howard, Frank Donnelly, Gary Hadfield, Brian Collins, John Bromley, Gary Zuters, Phil Mason, Serge Lebel, John McFadden, Jerry LaBoda's Passenger Car Photo Index, George Elwood's Fallen Flags, Don Stack's comprehensive UtahRails.net website. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the equipment of the 1978-80 Discovery Train!
 
     
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