History of the CN “White Series Cafe Cars” by Cal Sexsmith, SRHA Chair

Canadian National Railways purchased a large number of heavy weight steel sleeping cars from the time of its creation in 1919 until 1931 when reduced ridership due to the depression and increased private automobile ownership eliminated the need for new sleeping cars. In fact with few exceptions the CNR did not purchase large quantities of sleeping cars until the massive 1954 orders for streamlined cars of all types.

The following is an article written by SRHA Board Chair Cal Sexsmith about the history of the “White Series Cafe Cars.”

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