C.P.R. Suburban Coach #141
The Rail Yard
About the C.P.R. Suburban Coach #141
Suburban railway coaches were used on several short-line routes throughout Canada to reconnect cities with nearby towns and resorts.
Suburban Car #141 was built in1907 at Canadian Pacific Railway Angus Shops in Montreal. It was part of an order of thirty suburban cars completed that year at a cost of $9,000 each.
Aa cities expanded rapidly after 1900, people longed to escape from the constant commotion of urban life. Rising incomes and more free time enabled many to do so. Soon, resort towns grew up at scenic spots only hours from the cities. Depending on the location and the season, suburban cars could be found on “Summer Specials” or on the winter “Ski Trains” carrying happy passengers to and from vacation resorts.
Fully restored, Car 141 is the last known operating mahogany varnish car in North America.