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WCR 80

GEXR Kitchener Yard, Kitchener, Ontario, August 26th, 2014, Photo by Carson Wiebe

CP Ogden Yard, Calgary, Alberta, August 26th, 2013

Number Type Description Built Previous Road Previous Car Num Date Acquired Acquired From
WCR 80           August 2014 Donated by Canadian Pacific Railroad, Calgary, Alberta
Display Car 1974 Canadian Pacific Railway CP 80
Baggage Car Renumbered June 1975 Canadian Pacific Railway

CP 2600

Palletized-freight Car Renumbered 1964 Canadian Pacific Railway CP 4600
Horse Express Car Canadian Car & Foundry
February 1949
Canadian Pacific Railway CP 4560


Initial CP   Draft Gear 88
Number 80   Inside Length  


Maintenance of Way, Scale, Passenger, Caboose and End-of-Train

  Inside Width  

AAR Car Type Code

M510   Inside Height  
Load Limit 0 lbs.   Outside Length 83 ft 11 in
Max Weight on Rail 0 lbs.   Extreme width 10' 7"
LT. WT 122,900 lbs   Extreme Height 13 ft 9 in
Cu Ft Capacity    

Height of extreme width

7' 5"
Plate Clearance  C  

Platform Length


Mechanical Designation

PB   Restricted Car This railcar is restricted in interchange. Loading is prohibited without prior approval.
Built By

Canadian Car & Foundry

  Built February 1949
Number Built 2   Re-Built  



CP 80

The history of the display cars follow, courtesy of the CPR:
Display Cars 80 and 81
Two cars in Canadian Pacific Railway's fleet stand apart from the rest. CPR's display cars - CP 80 and CP 81.
Delivered as horse express cars
These smooth-sided steel cars, measuring nearly 84 feet ( 25.6 meters ), look very much like baggage cars. But Canadian Car and Foundry of Montreal originally built these two cars for CPR as horse express cars. Designed in 1947 but not delivered until early 1949, CPR first put them into service on the Company's western lines in February 1949. The two horse express cars differ from most baggage cars with three sets of side-doors instead of two. These cars also have a large end-door for loading and unloading circus-ramp-style.
The two cars, delivered as CP 4560 and CP 4565, were each equipped to accommodate 18 horses and six attendants. Touted by enthusiastic horsemen as riding "as smoothly as a passenger car", they originally carried valuable race horses and thoroughbred saddle horses.
Palletized-freight cars
In 1964 the cars were refitted to carry palletized cargo and small containers, and used between Montreal and Saint John, New Brunswick. As a result they were renumbered CP 4600 and CP 4601.
Baggage cars
A few years later the cars were converted for through-baggage-car service and eventually renumbered CP 2600 and CP 2601.
Display cars
In 1974 the cars were taken out of regular service and assigned to the CPR's Public Relations and Advertising department ( currently Government and Public Affairs ) as display cars. They were renumbered CP 80 and CP 81.
As display cars, CP 80 and CP 81 have shown off everything from a 32-foot ( 9.75 meter ) N-scale model railway layout, to a 17-foot ( 1.85 meter ), 2,000 Lb. ( 907 Kg. ), One-sixth actual size, CPR Royal Hudson locomotive. They also once housed a comprehensive display on CPR's $500 million Rogers Pass Project.
The cars are now each equipped with a diesel generator that powers their video monitors, play-back units, fans, track lighting, and illuminates their onboard back-lit transparencies.
CPR's logos
The cars were revamped for the historic Fall 1997 "Logotrain" tour launching CPR's new beaver logo.
As visitors board CP 80 they are first given a taste of CPR's history, with a railway artifacts display, an historic photo-wall, and enlarged bygone-era posters. The back end of the car features CPR's logos through the years, complemented by the video "Beaver Tracks" tracing logo changes throughout the Company's history. CP 81 shows us commodities important to the country and CPR, as well as pictures of CPR's Calgary head-office and the Network Management Center. Visitors then pass through a safety display including Operation Lifesaver video commercials. The "piece de resistance" as visitors exit the car is an actual General Electric AC4400CW console from CPR's new 4,400 horsepower, AC-traction locomotives.
These two cars were recently the second and third cars in the consist pulled by Hudson locomotive 2816, the Empress, from Vancouver to Calgary during the steam engines inaugural run after rebuilding.
Vital Statistics
Car Numbers: CP 4560 / 4600 / 2600 / 80
CP 4565 / 4601 / 2601 / 81
No. in Class: 2
AAR type: M510
Builder: Canadian Car and Foundry
Enter Service: February 1949
No. of Trucks: 2
No. of Axles: 4
Light Weight: 122,900 Lbs.
55,747 Kg.
Extreme Length: 83 ft. 11 in.
25.58 meters
Extreme Height: 13 ft. 9 in.
4.19 meters
Extreme Width: 10 ft. 7 in.
3.23 meters
Original Cost per Car: $64,658.

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