Passenger Coach 5506

History of Passenger Coach 5506

1954: Waterloo Central Railway passenger coach 5506 was built by the Canadian Car & Foundry for Canadian National Railways as lightweight coach 5506.

1978: VIA Rail Canada purchased it from Canadian National Railways and renumbered it to VIA 5506.

1994: VIA Rail Canada sold the coach to the British Columbia Railway for use on their Royal Hudson trains. The coach was then renumbered from 5506 to 155060 and was named Exeter, which is the name of a town along the route of the Royal Hudson.

2003: CANDO Rail Services purchased the coach for their new Credit Valley Explorer rail tours on the Orangeville Brampton Railway. To commemorate the move, the coach was renumbered to 2003 (The year CANDO Rail Services began operating the Credit Valley Explorer tour train).

2018: Waterloo Central Railway purchased 2003 from the Credit Valley Explorer. Along with coaches 1978 and 6006.

2020: Passenger coach 2003 was renumbered back to 5506 as part of a new series of changes to promote the importance of the history of Canadian railways. It is currently a regular part of Waterloo Central Railway’s consist used for charters, tourist trains and most importantly, bringing history to life.

WCR 5506 in St. Jacobs, Ontario in 2020.
WCR 5506 in St. Jacobs, Ontario in 2020.
5506 at WCR in 2020.
Inside passenger coach 5506
Inside passenger coach 5506.
Inside passenger coach 5506 in 2020 at Waterloo Central Railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario
Inside passenger coach 5506 in 2020 at Waterloo Central Railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario


Road Number5506
TypeStreamlined Coach
BuilderCanadian Car & Foundry
Date Built1954
LineageCanadian National 5506
VIA Rail Canada 5506
British Columbia Railway 155060 “Exeter”
British Columbia Railway 2003
Orangeville-Brampton Railway 2003
Waterloo Central Railway 5506
Total Area720 sq. ft.
DimensionsInterior: Width 9 ft., Length 80 ft.
Exterior: Width 10 ft., Length 85 ft.

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