Passenger Coach 5628

History of Passenger Coach 5628

1954: Waterloo Central Railway passenger coach 5628 was built by Canadian Car & Foundry for Canadian National Railways as a first-class lightweight coach CN 5628.

1978: It worked on Canadian National Railways until 1978 when the newly founded VIA Rail Canada purchased the coach and renumbered it to VIA Rail Canada 5628.

1994: VIA sold the coach to the British Columbia Railway for use on their Royal Hudson trains. The coach was then renumbered from 5628 to 156280 and was named Sunset Beach, which is the name of a town/beach along the route of the Royal Hudson.

2003: CANDO Rail Services purchased the coach and it was later transferred the Orangeville Brampton Railway for their new Credit Valley Explorer rail tours. To commemorate the move, the coach was renumbered to 1978 (The year CANDO Rail Services was founded).

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

2020: The coach was renumbered to 5628 as part of a new series of changes to promote the importance of the history of Canadian railways.

Present: Passenger coach 5628 is currently a regular part of Waterloo Central Railway’s consist used for charters, tourist trains and most importantly, bringing history to life.

Passenger Coach 5628 at WCR Train Yard, 2020
Passenger Coach 5628 at WCR Train Yard, 2020
Passenger Coach 5628 in July 1977 as CN 5628 - Photo credit M. Bernero
Passenger Coach 5628 in July 1977 as CN 5628 . Photo credit M. Bernero
Passenger Coach 5628 (formerly No. 1978) in 2018 - Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Passenger Coach 5628 in 2018. Photo credit Matthew Whiteley
Inside passenger coach 5628 (former 1978)
Inside passenger coach 5628
Inside passenger coach 5628
Inside passenger coach 5628
Inside passenger coach 5628 - Photo Credit Matthew Whiteley
Inside passenger coach 5628. Photo credit Matthew Whiteley

Specifications

Road Number5628
TypeStreamlined Coach
BuilderCanadian Car & Foundry
Date Built1954
LineageCanadian National 5628
VIA Rail Canada 5628
British Columbia Railway 156280 "Sunset Beach"
Orangeville-Brampton Railway 1978
Waterloo Central Railway 5628
Capacity68
Total Area720 sq. ft
DimensionsInterior: Width: 9 ft., Length: 80 ft.
Exterior: Width: 10ft., Length: 85 ft.
OtherA/C
Kitchenette

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