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CN Dining Car Project

Thank you to all who helped bring the Canadian National (CN) Dining Car Home, to Owen Sound! — 

173 km from Keswick to Owen Sound

 Let's bring the CN Dining Car home

The Project
The CN Dining Car project is composed of three phases.

  1. The first phase, moving the Car from Keswick to Owen Sound, was completed this year. Danco House Raising and Moving has been contracted to transport the Dining Car to its renovation site, in Owen Sound. [Completed]
  2. The second phase consists in renovating, refurbishing and transporting the Car beside the CWHC. [Painting outside done, moved to CWHC – August 17, 2015 – work will continue]
  3. Be a Pane Campaign was very successful.
  4. In the third phase of the project, the Car will be converted into an educative and historic display, a multi-use community meeting space and a 1950s ice cream parlor.

These last two phases could be completed in 2016. 

How you helped us!
This year, the CWHC created the CN Dining Car Committee which was in charge of planning and executing the first phase of the project. Composed of six (6) volunteers and consultants, the Committee participated in various activities to help fundraising efforts to bring the Dining Car to the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. To see photos of the Celebration on September 19, check our blog post.

The major fundraising activity consisted of selling raffle tickets of $25 to win a 1-week luxury train package for two to Quebec City, with accommodation at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac (cash value of $8,000 – two persons).  The draw took place on September 19th, 2015, at 2 p.m., at the CWHC. 

Congratulations Richard Bennett of Toronto! Richard won the $8000 raffle prize. Ted Tizzard, a 104 year old former CP Rail Employee, drew the winning ticket.

For more information, you can call the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre  at (519) 371-3333 or contact us by email at

Thank you to the CN Dining Car Committee for their great team work:
Jan Chamberlain, Chair

Wayne King, Building and Maintenance
Lynda Droine, Finance
Peter Bowers, Advisory and Research
Kim Davis, Administrative Assistant
Andrew Dinsmore, Volunteer
Georgia Bunston, Fundraising
Ron O’Donouhue- Raffle Coordinator

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