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DSC00553 - Passenger car VIA 15513 Sibley Park

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The Sibley Park is one of a batch of eighteen cars named after various Canadian national or provincial parks, of which some are still operating. The Park cars are streamlined passenger vehicles made of stainless steel having a double function: they are at the same time sleeping-cars and panoramic observation dome-cars. Each one of the “Park” cars offers a similar configuration: a triple occupancy room, three double occupancy rooms, twenty-four seats in the dome, a shared bathroom, a bar and a panoramic lounge room in the rear. Before its passenger train acquisition by VIA Rail in 1978, the Canadian Pacific Railway used them between 1954 and 1978.


Eighteen Canadian artists, some from the Group of Seven were responsible for painting appropriate frescoes in each car with the aim of capturing the essence of each park of which the cars bear the names. Yvonne McKague Housser, the only women painter working on this project and one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of Painters was chosen to decorate the Sibley Park car.


All the information used with the pictures was taken from information at the Canadian Railway Museum Site.

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Taken on June 22, 2019