While prepring to have some custom painted VIA blue fleet cars painted up by the legendary Christine, I happened upon this image.  Was this a VIA Rail inspection car?  Was it just painted to match the way Amtrak first required private cars to wear Amtrak stripes? Need the expert advice team of OGR Forum here.

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Screenshot_20190417-190833_Chrome~01Screenshot_20190417-190737_Chrome~01 Found pics of this car, and information that it is CN car #15050 the "Standford Fleming," but every picture of the right side of the car show white CN English lettering while pics of the left side show yellow lettering in French.  

I cannot locate info as to whether the car was painted differently on each side at the same time, or if the car had the same paint on both sides but was changed at some point.   

 

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Marek posted:

I would assume one side was French, the other English. CN's headquarters is in Montreal, so I think it's safe to assume that it was like that - one side French, one side English.

Mark

Mark,

 I think you are probably right.  The fact that they used yellow on one side and white on the other gives me reason to question it though.  Hate to paint up a car and find out its wrong. 

Hope we can confirm your theory!

Scott

Back when CN was still a Crown Corporation; I recollect it was normal for freight equipment to be lettered Canadian National on one side and Canadien National on the other.  It would make perfect sense for a CN theater car to carry bilingual identification as well. 

Since the photos don’t carry dates; it’s possible the lettering was yellow at one point and white another.  Were it me; I’d choose one color or the other and run with it.

Curt

Edit:  I Googled CN theater car Sandford Fleming and found a right side photo of the car with yellow lettering.  Following is the link to the photo.  Based on this and other photos; it’s apparent the car had different paint and lettering schemes while owned by CN.

https://images.app.goo.gl/mxrCp9zPi5kWT3PY6

Marek posted:

I would assume one side was French, the other English. CN's headquarters is in Montreal, so I think it's safe to assume that it was like that - one side French, one side English.

Mark

Yep  Canada has 2 official languages   French and English,  All government Inquires can be answered in French or English,  (income tax health  related matters etc.

Sir Sanford  Fleming was a railway Engineer (not locomotive) who invented Standard  time, not only in North America but world wide, Apparently at one time each little town or city had it's own time,

Speaking of time  , in train order territory where does time apply???

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