All Aboard

CN Coach 4884 Project

Thank you to all who helped bring the Canadian National (CN) Coach 4884 to Owen Sound and helped with all phases of the restoration work. 

173 km from Keswick to Owen Sound

 Let's bring the CN Dining Car home

The Project
The  project was composed of three phases.

  1. The first phase, moving the Car from Keswick to Owen Sound, was completed this year. Danco House Raising and Moving has been contracted to transport the Dining Car to its renovation site, in Owen Sound. [Completed]
  2. The second phase consists in renovating, refurbishing and transporting the Car beside the CWHC. [Painting outside done, moved to CWHC – August 17, 2015.]
  3. Be a Pane Campaign was very successful.
  4. In the third phase of the project, the Coach will be converted into an educative and historic display, a multi-use community meeting space. [This phase was completed in Fall 2018.] 

How you helped us!
In 2015, the CWHC created the “CN Dining Car Committee” which was in charge of planning and executing the first phase of the project. Composed of six (6) volunteers and consultants, the Committee participated in various activities to help fundraising efforts to bring the Coach to the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. To see photos of the Celebration on September 19, check our blog post.

The major fundraising activity consisted of selling raffle tickets of $25 to win a 1-week luxury train package for two to Quebec City, with accommodation at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac (cash value of $8,000 – two persons).  The draw took place on September 19th, 2015, at 2 p.m., at the CWHC. 

Congratulations Richard Bennett of Toronto! Richard won the $8000 raffle prize. Ted Tizzard, a 104 year old former CP Rail Employee, drew the winning ticket.

Read about the specifications and history of CN Coach 4884.