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Date: 02/11/19 14:50
Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: Hiawatha101

I enjoyed seeing photos of VIA Park car "Sibley Park" under restoration. Here is another rarely photographed Park car - Algonquin Park.
I had the pleasure of riding the right front seat of the dome for the entire trip. No, not Toronto to Vancouver but from Etowah to Hiwassee, Tennessee
on the Hiwassee Loop train. This excursion is run by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum on former L&N trackage. Etowah is about halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN.
TVRM bought Algonquin Park from a Michigan owner about 10 years ago.

During the peak of fall color they run 2 trains daily on the route. I rode the morning train and chased the afternoon train. If you plan to visit the Great Smokey mountains, include a ride in style
on this very scenic train!

Gordon Bjoraker
Hiawatha101








Date: 02/11/19 15:42
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: ghCBNS

Thanks for posting.

The maroon colour is close to the original CPR scheme.

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Date: 02/11/19 15:53
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: 4489

Adding the lettering and affixing a couple of beaver shileds would give it as good as new look.  (No you cannot borrow my beaver shield)



Date: 02/12/19 03:29
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: andersonb109

Wha'ts the interior like? Bedrooms still in place? Artwork (obviously would be the 1990 HEP I newer version) in the bar area? 



Date: 02/12/19 12:29
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: Hiawatha101

> Wha'ts the interior like? Bedrooms still in place?
> Artwork (obviously would be the 1990 HEP I newer
> version) in the bar area? 

Here are some interior photos.
The dome has reversible seats, which we used on the return trip. There are also 2 tables.
The Bullet Lounge looks similar to VIA cars. Looking forward, there is a CP poster and bilingual signs from VIA.

Gordon Bjoraker
Hiawatha101








Date: 02/12/19 12:35
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: Hiawatha101

> Wha'ts the interior like? Bedrooms still in place?
> Artwork (obviously would be the 1990 HEP I newer
> version) in the bar area? 

The bedrooms are unchanged. Here is a shot inside the Drawing Room.

In the lounge under the dome, an attendant serves pastries and coffee. Where the mural once was is a photograph
of either the original (1955) artwork, or more likely, the replacement artwork from the early 1990s.

Gordon Bjoraker
Hiawatha101






Date: 02/12/19 17:29
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: Topfuel

I don't believe TVRM owns that car.  I think it's on lease from the owner in Michigan who bought it from VIA Rail.



Date: 02/13/19 01:39
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: BigDave

Whenever I see one of these, I wish I could own onw, so I could convert the dome into a bedroom.
 



Date: 02/13/19 14:02
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: DrawingroomA

Hiawatha101 Wrote:
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> The bedrooms are unchanged. Here is a shot inside
> the Drawing Room.
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> Gordon Bjoraker
> Hiawatha101

That appears to be the bedroom suite C & D. 



Date: 02/14/19 20:17
Re: Algonquin Park in Tennessee
Author: railsmith

Hiawatha101 Wrote:
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> > Wha'ts the interior like? Bedrooms still in
> place?
> > Artwork (obviously would be the 1990 HEP I
> newer
> > version) in the bar area? 
>
> Where the mural once was is a  photograph of either the original (1955) artwork, or more
> likely, the replacement artwork from the early 1990s.
>
> Gordon Bjoraker
> Hiawatha101

The photo is of the original artwork.  This car was never HEP'ed.



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