Parlour & Dining Coach 6006

History of Parlour & Dining Coach 6006

1956: Waterloo Central Railway coach 6006 was built by the Budd Company in Pennsylvania for the Boston and Maine Railroad. The coach was originally numbered 6925 and was built with an RDC-9 configuration, meaning that it had only one 300hp engine used for powering the coach’s heating and lights instead of two engines like most other RDC’s (more on RDC’s here).

1965: The coach was purchased by Canadian National Railways and was given the number D-506.

1969: Canadian National Railways renumbered the coach to 6006.

1978: VIA Rail Canada purchased the coach from Canadian National Railways for use with their other RDCs. It retained the number 6006 and was repainted into VIA colours with yellow ends and a blue and yellow stripe under the windows.

1998: Coach 6006 was purchased by a private owner and became DAWX 6006. It was moved to Les Cèdres, Quebec.

2006: Another private owner purchased the coach and moved it to Orangeville, Ontario and was leased to the Orangeville Brampton Railway for use as an extra coach on the Credit Valley Explorer.

2018: Upon the closure of the Credit Valley Explorer, Waterloo Central Railway purchased 6006 along with two other coaches. Between March 16 and April 7, the coaches were shipped from Orangeville to St. Jacobs travelling on several railways including the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Goderich & Exeter Railway.

2019: Waterloo Central Railway rebuilt coach 6006 into a lounge style coach. The interior of the coach was completely rebuilt with new walls, flooring and a new ceiling. The coach also received new washrooms and large lounge seating in the main area of the coach. 6006 is currently used as a VIP lounge car on special event trains.

VIA 6006 in Toronto in 1980.
VIA 6006 in Toronto in 1980.
Coach 6006 in 2018. Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Coach 6006 in 2018. Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Dining/Parlour Coach 6006 during 2019 restoration. Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Dining/Parlour Coach 6006 during 2019 restoration. Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Dining/Parlour Coach 6006 during 2019 restoration. Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Dining/Parlour Coach 6006 during 2019 restoration. Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Coach 6006 after 2019 restoration. Photo credit Matthew Whiteley
Coach 6006 after 2019 restoration. Photo credit Matthew Whiteley
Coach 6006 at WCR Restoration & Maintenance Facility in St. Jacobs in 2020.
Coach 6006 at WCR Restoration & Maintenance Facility in St. Jacobs. in 2020.

Specifications

Road Number6006
TypeParlour/Dining
BuilderBudd
Date Built1956
LineageBoston & Maine 6925 (RDC9)
Canadian National D-506 (RDC9)
Canadian National 6006 (RDC9)
VIA Rail Canada 6006 (RDC9)
Private owner 6006 (engine removed)
Waterloo Central Railway 6006
CapacityDining: 68
Parlour: 40
Total Area720 sq. ft.
DimensionsInterior: Width: 9 ft., Length: 80 ft.
Exterior: Width: 10 ft., Length: 85 ft.
OtherA/C

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