Baggage Car 4565

History of Baggage Car 4565

1948: Waterloo Central Railway baggage car 4565 was built in February by the Canadian Car & Foundry for the Canadian Pacific Railway as Horse Express car 4565. 4565 (along with 4560) differ from most baggage cars with three sets of side-doors instead of two. It also has a large end-door for loading and unloading circus-ramp-style. It could accommodate 18 horses and six attendants. It was said that enthusiastic horsemen noted riding in 4560 was as smooth as riding in a passenger car. 4565 originally carried valuable race horses and thoroughbred saddle horses.

1963: The car was converted to a baggage car and was renumbered to 4601. It was later renumbered again to 2601.

1974:  The car was rebuilt into a historical display car and was given its current number, 81. Fitted with historic and interpretive exhibits, No. 81 traveled to special events throughout the country.

2013: Waterloo Central Railway purchased 80 from the Canadian Pacific Railway. The interior and exterior of the car are being refurbished for use on WCR Christmas trains and other specials.

2020: The car was renumbered to WCR 4565 as part of a new series of changes which will reflect the organizations efforts to bring history to life.

Present: Currently, 4565 is stored at the WCR’s St. Jacobs yard where it will occasionally join the consist for special events and passenger experiences.

4565 at Waterloo Central Railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario.
4565 at Waterloo Central Railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario.
Historically used as a horse express car, 4565 has a large end door for loading and unloading circus ramp style.
Historically used as a horse express car, 4565 has a large end door for loading and unloading circus ramp style.
4565 differs from most baggage cars with three sets of side-doors instead of two.
4565 differs from most baggage cars with three sets of side-doors instead of two.
Baggage car 4565 at Waterloo Central Railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario, 2020. Behind it is Business Car 15000.
Baggage car 4565 at WCR in St. Jacobs, Ontario, 2020. Behind it is Business Car 15000.

Specifications

Road Number4565
TypeBaggage
BuilderCanadian Car & Foundry
Date BuiltFebruary 1949
LineageCanadian Pacific 4565
Canadian Pacific 4601
Canadian Pacific 2601
Canadian Pacific 81
Waterloo Central Railway 81
Waterloo Central Railway 4565

The historical information and photos presented on our website are gathered from several sources including historical websites, literature and first-hand accounts of volunteers, staff and industry experts.