School cars

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by 60103, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    The Toronto Star had an article (August 31, page R6) about school cars in northern Ontario. There is a post in the Ontario archives on the same subject at
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    School cars were used in the isolated communities along the railways; they would be dropped on a siding and left for a week. when the cars left, students would be given 6 weeks of assignments to keep them until the car returned. They also served as a community center in the evening.

    A school car could be modelled with an old wooden coach lettered (just given a label or name) and put on a siding.

    There is a school coach museum in Clinton, Ont, in the last surviving car.
  2. Relic

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    The seemingly never endeng series Great Train Stories has an episode on the school cars and if I have enough brain cells left it seems that there were also medical cars with travelling dentists.
    Couldn't do it now, they pulled out all the sidings!
  3. spitfire

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    What a great find David - thanks for the link!

    Val
  4. Bill Pontin

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    Thanks for posting that David, That was a very interesting article and a side of railroading most of us probably were not aware of. :thumb: