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Mount Stephen Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1983

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 I he directors' car Mount Stephen, 74 feet in length made of steel and
weighing over one hundred tons, was built at Canadian Pacific's Angus
Shops in Montreal in 1926. The car was constructed in the short space
of eight weeks; the material was ordered on 23 October and the car
outshopped, ready for use, on 23 December. The cost, in 1926 dollars,
was $72,500. The car is named after Sir George Stephen, Baron Mount
Stephen (1829-1921), first president of Canadian Pacific (1881 -89), and
it has carried that name throughout its career. The car is currently
assigned to the Corporate Historian and Archivist, Department of Public
Relations and Advertising, Canadian Pacific Limited, Montreal.
Mount Stephen was one of a pair of directors' cars constructed in
1926-27. Its sister, named Strathcona after Sir Donald Smith, Baron
Strathcona and Mount Royal, a prominent early Director of Canadian
Pacific and Lord Mount Stephen's cousin, was fitted out almost completely with bedrooms and was thus a "night" car. Mount Stephen is a
"day" car, lacking executive sleeping space but comprising a large
lounge/observation room, spacious dining room seating fourteen
guests, a private office, cloak room, two tiled lavatories, kitchen and
crew quarters. Mount Stephen and Strathcona usually operated
together in use on trips of inspection by the Directors, or for special
parties. In this latter role, they were occupied by our present Queen,
then Princess Elizabeth, and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Canada in 1951. Another significant assignment was in
1943, following the Quebec Conference of wartime allied leaders, when
the two cars formed part of a special train which took Britain's wartime
prime minister, Winston Churchill, to Washington, DC and back.
Car Mount Stephen on
Winston Churchill's
special train at Quebec in
End elevation drawing of
the Mount Stephen.
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Floor plan of the car
Mount Stephen showing
the large lounge and
dining areas, designed to
accommodate up to
fourteen travelling guests
in comfort.
In 1971, Mount Stephen was turned over to the Public Relations and
Advertising Department as a "working relic" and it has been used subsequently across Canada for many gatherings, displays and functions
of a historical nature. In 1973, the car was equipped with new
upholstery, drapes and floor coverings, selected and designed to complement the original "art deco" Circassian walnut interior panelling and
veneer. Mount Stephen
La voiture Mount Stephen, mesurant 74 pieds de longueur et pesant
plus de cent tonnes, a ete construite, en acier, aux usines Angus de
Montreal, en 1926. Elle a ete construite dans le court laps de temps de
huit semaines; le materiel a ete commande le 23 octobre et la voiture
sortait des ateliers, prete a servir, le 23 decembre. Le cout, en dollars de
1926, fut de $72 500. La voiture a ete baptisee du nom de Sir George
Stephen, baron Mount Stephen (1829-1921), premier president du
Canadien Pacifique (1881 -89), et elle a porte ce nom durant toute sa
carriere. La voiture est presentement assignee au service des archives
centrales des relations publiques et de la publicite du Canadien
Pacifique a Montreal.
La Mount Stephen faisait partie d'une serie de deux voitures
d'administrateurs construites en 1926-27. La seconde, appelee Strathcona, en I'honneur de Sir Donald Smith, baron de Strathcona et Mount
Royal, eminent administrateur du Canadien Pacifique et cousin de Lord
Mount Stephen, etait presque completement pourvue de chambres et
constituait done une "voiture de nuit". La Mount Stephen est une "voiture de jour" qui ne comporte pas les amenagements pour coucher
mais un grand salon, une vaste salle a manger pouvant recevoir
quatorze convives, un bureau prive, un vestiaire, deux chambres de
bain garnies de tuiles, une cuisine et les quartiers des domestiques.
Les Mount Stephen et Strathcona etaient habituellement utilisees
ensemble pour les inspections des administrateurs ou les receptions
speciales. Elles ont ete occupees par la Reine actuelle, alors princesse
Elizabeth, et son epoux, le due d'Edimbourg, durant leur visite au
Canada en 1951. Une autre affectation importante lui a ete devolue, en
1943, a la suite de la conference de Quebec des leaders des puissances alliees, lorsque les deux voitures firent partie d'un train special
qui transporta a Washington le premier ministre de Grande-Bretagne
Winston Churchill et le ramena a Quebec.
La voiture Mount Stephen,
qui faisait partie du train
special de Winston
Churchill a Quebec, en
Vue de I'arriere de la
voiture Mount Stephen.
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Cette photo de la voiture
Mount Stephen illustrele
vaste salon et la salle a
manger amenagGs de
fagon a recevoir en tout
contort jusqu'a quatorze
En 1971, la Mount Stephen a ete remise au service des Relations
publiques et de la publicite en qualite de "relique de travail" et elle a ete
subsequemment utilisee a travers le Canada pour des reunions et presentations ainsi que des expositions de caractere historique. En 1973,
on a pourvu la voiture d'un nouveau capitonnage, de nouvelles tentures
et planchers choisis pour completer l'"art deco" de Circassie presente
sous forme de panneaux en noyer.


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