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10/10/2013

Credit Valley Explorer gets a dome car!

The Orangeville Brampton Railway (OBRY) is a 55-km short-line railway operation between Orangeville and Streetsville Junction in Mississauga.  It  involves a partnership between the Town of Orangeville, the local rail customers, CP Rail, and the railway operator - Cando Contracting Ltd. The OBRY mandate is to provide rail service to all industries in and around Orangeville and Brampton in the Province of Ontario.

The Credit Valley Explorer is a very scenic tourist attraction just north of Toronto which operates excursion trains on the OBRY between Orangeville and Snelgrove on the Northern edge of Brampton. The route passes through the dramatic scenery of the Forks of the Credit.

Last June 27th, the Orangeville Citizen newspaper reported:

"The Credit Valley Explorer will soon become the only tour train in Canada offering passengers the option of views from a dome car. Already known as offering Southern Ontario’s most scenic rail tours, the Explorer has leased a 1950s-vintage dome car from Darren Wakeland of Walkerton, who purchased it on an as-is basis from the Wabash Railroad, which had acquired it some years ago from Amtrak. ......

..... Currently, Via Rail Canada operates the largest fleet of dome cars in North America. All were built by Budd for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1950s, and transferred to Via service in the 1970s, where they continue to run between Toronto and Vancouver. The Ontario Northland Railway also operates dome cars on the Polar Bear Express from Cochrane to Moosonee." 

Click here for the whole article.

Below is a photo of the car being prepared for use in tour service on the Credit Valley .

Posting by Russ Milland; Photo by John Belford

Click on each image for a closer look!

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