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Chi-cheemaun returns to port : Fall Cruise 2015

People at CWHC waiting for fall cruise buses.People waiting for the buses to Tobermory to take the Fall cruise.

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The Chi-cheemaun is getting close to port.


The Chi-cheemaun with the backdrop of beautiful fall colours.

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Almost in to port.


In port. The Maggie is in background.

She welcomed the ship home.


The travellers depart the Chi-cheemaun.

Photos by Karoline L. Belrose and Peter Bowers


Dining Car’s New Home Celebration

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Micheline, the Donut Lady, made a big hit at the Dining Car Opening on September the 19th as she distributed free donuts to the crowds who attended.
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The crowds are forming in spite of a grey and wet day. The Legion supplied burgers and fries and folks had a great time visiting the dining car which was open for this event.
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The official ribbon cutting with Wayne King, Ann Kelly , Jan Chamberlain and Wendy Tomlinson.
Wayne was the man on the job getting the car moved from Keswick, sandblasted and painted and moved again to the tracks beside the museum. Ann Kelly is a big supporter and sold at least 10 books of tickets!. Jan is our President and was always in front of the public selling tickets and ensuring our success for this first stage of fund-raising. Wendy is our Manager/Curator and spoke eloquently about the history of the car. 

CN Dining Car — It’s Getting Ready for Visitors — Thanks to Some Help from Its Friends

CD Dining Car - Clean up Crew
The cleaning crew for the dining car looks relaxed and refreshed after a fine pizza supper outside at the picnic tables. The inside of the car was a blistering sauna earlier for this clean-up crew but we’ve got it spiffed up for a few early visitors who have booked the space for meetings.

from left: Doris Fraser, Linda Droine, Ruth Henderson. Jan Chamberlain, Torben Hawksbridge. Wendy Tomlinson, Kathy Strutt,Joan Hawksbridge, Janet Iles.

Missing from the clean-up crew photo is MaryAnn Thomas.
Thank you to Paula Niall for bringing the pizza and the delicious cookies.
photo courtesy Doris Fraser

It’s Here!

The CN Dining Car has been safely delivered to the tracks to the south of the building at the Waterfront Heritage Centre . On Monday, August 17 just before 11, the crowd awaited the arrival of the new addition to the site.

First came the trucks or wheels back in June.

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Then on July 22nd the CN dining car made its way from Keswick to the former Derby Township site where work would be done to the exterior of the car – sandblasting and painting.

On August 17, the CN dining car made its way to the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. It came down 10th Street West hill.

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It had to navigate around the corner at 1st Avenue West.

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The cranes had to prepare to hoist the eighty-five foot dining car on to the trucks (wheels) that were already in place.

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The spectators watch with bated breath and their cameras at the ready to take photos of this historic event.

Excited spectators

The car is being hoisted on to the trucks.

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Wayne King checks the CN dining car.

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Thank you to Wayne and the operators of the equipment.

Thank you to Doris Fraser for the above photographs. To see large versions of the photos, click the photos.