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TIMELINE for the 1978 - 1980 DISCOVERY TRAIN / Le DECOUVERTE

 
 
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This timeline is very much a work-in-progress. Any additions or corrections, please email.
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1977
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August, 1977
The cars of the former 1975-1976 American Freedom Train left Cameron Station, VA for Ft. Erie, NY where they were turned over to CN for the trip to Ottowa to become the Discovery Train. The cars were outfitted at fabricators in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
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1978
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Kingston
July 22-26, 1978
Displayed at the Municipal Golf Course
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Montreal
July 2-August 1, 1978
Displayed at Windsor Station
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Saint John
August 3-6, 1978
Displayed at the CP Station at Church Ave.
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Oromocto (Fredericton)
August 7-9, 1978
Displayed at Onodaga St. Shopping Mall
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Sydney
August 11-14, 1978
Steel Co. at Prince St.
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Halifax
August 16-20, 1978
Displayed at the CN Station at Hollis St.
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Moncton
August 22-25, 1978
Salisbury Rd. Main St. Ner Verdun
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Quebec
August 27 -
September 2, 1978
Displayed at Ste. Andre St. at Dalhousie
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Stratford
September 4-9, 1978
Displayed at the CN Station
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Toronto
September 10-17, 1978
Displayed at Victoria Park & Danforth
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Saskatoon
September 21-25, 1978
Displayed at New CN Station
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Edmonton
September 27 -
October 1, 1978
Displayed at behind the CN Tower
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Prince George
October 3-4, 1978
Displayed at Carney Road
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Vancouver
October 7-12, 1978
Displayed at the CN Station
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Calgary
October 14-19, 1978
Displayed at the CP Station
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Regina
October 22-27, 1978
Displayed at the Exhibition Grounds
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Brandon
October 29-31, 1978
Displayed at the CP Station
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Winnipeg
November 1-6, 1978
Displayed at Old CP Station (Higgins & Main)
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Sault Ste-Marie
November 10-15, 1978
Displayed atAlgocen Shopping Mall
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Refurbished in Ottowa over the winter
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1979
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Missing dates for the first half of 1979. Dates listed are from a Canada Post announcement.
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Banff, Alberta
June 16-18, 1979
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Kelowna, BC
June 20-22, 1979
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Victoria, BC
June 27-29, 1979
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Port Alberni, BC
July 1-2, 1979
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Nanaimo, BC
July 3-4, 1979
Displayed at the CP Dock Site Track
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Kamloops, BC
July 7-9, 1979
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Red Deer, Alberta
July 13-15, 1979
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Swift Current, Saskatchewan
July 18-19, 1979
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Yorkton, Saskatchewan
July 22-23, 1979
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Yorkton, Saskatchewan
The crew took a group photo on the first anniversary of the train on July 22
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The Pas, Manitoba
July 25-26, 1979
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Churchill, Manitoba
July 29-30, 1979
Furthest point north for the Discovery Train -- within 600 miles of the Arctic Circle.
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Thompson, Manitoba
August 1-2, 1979
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Dauphin, Manitoba
August 4-6, 1979
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Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
August 16-18, 1979
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Roberval, Quebec
August 20, 1979
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Chicoutimi, Quebec
August 21-25, 1979
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Rimouski, Quebec
August 28-30, 1979
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Campbellton, NB
August 31 -
September 1, 1979
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Newcastle, NB
September 3-4, 1979
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Charlottetown, PEI
September 7-11, 1979
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Truro, NS
September 14-16, 1979
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Yarmouth, NS
September 19-20, 1979
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Liverpool, NS
September 21-22, 1979
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New Glasgow, NS
September 24-25, 1979
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St. John's, Nfld
September 27-29, 1979
The Discovery Train is ferried to Newfoundland aboard the SIR ROBERT BOND, a Canadian National ship.
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Botwood, Nfld
September 30 - October 1, 1979
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Argentina, Nfld
October 3-4, 1979
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Corner Brook , Nfld
October 5-7, 1979
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Port aux Basques, Nfld
October 8, 1979
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Truro, NS
October 8-11, 1979
According to a newspaper account, the train was in Truro these days.
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Edmundston, NB
October 13-15, 1979
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St. Foy, Quebec
October 19-22, 1979
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Sherbrooke, Que.
October 24-27, 1979
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Ottawa, Ontario
October 30 -
November 4, 1979
Displayed at the National Museum of Science and Technology
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Refurbished in Ottowa over the winter
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1980
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Missing most dates for 1980.
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Valleyfield
May 7, 1980
The Discovery Train begins its 1980 season is Valleyfield, Quebec. The train displayed at Fabre Street.
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June 5, 1980
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Hamilton, Ontario
June 12-18, 1980
Displayed at Hunter Street Station
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Falconbridge
July 5-7, 1980
Displayed next to the Falconbridge Nickel Mines main gate.
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