Renovation/restoration mail & express Car CP 3622!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 09-07-2015 05:32 PM 1508 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I’m not carving boots and birds, I dabble in home renovation and restoration projects with a friend. CP 3622 was an interesting project where we upgraded and restored the doors on a Canadian Pacific mail and express car.
Interestingly the mail car section, was staffed by Canada Post, while the cargo and express section was manned by CPR staff. This car was built in 1947 at a cost of $57,000. Length 83 feet 10 1/2 inches, width 10 feet 7 3/4 inches, height 14 feet.
Railway post offices existed for well over a century, appearing in Canada in 1854 between Niagara Falls and London Ontario. This was some seven years before the United States inaugurated railway post offices during the American Civil War. The railway post office era ended in 1971.
It was a huge thrill for me to work on this project. As a youngster in the mid 40’s I was a witness to these mail cars crossing our farm in rural Manitoba, especially when we drove to town to pick up a parcel from Simpson-Sears or Eaton’s mail order house.
Removing the hardware that made the doors secure was going back in time for me, a memory I shall cherish for a long time (I hope!)
The doors were the easy part of the project. The main steel cover of the car was in the process of being sanded and patched to be painted for a private railway museum south of Calgary.
pic 1 Car length with post door and cargo door
pic 2 Post door in dire need of restoration!
pic 3 Post door on opposite side of car before painting
pic 4 Inside view of post door and door hardware
pic 5 Cargo and express door with undercoat of paint
pic 6 Interior view of railway post office

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 06:58 PM

Interesting project Roman. Like a step back in time.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 08:08 PM

Very cool to be involved in a project of this magnitude. You are one lucky man.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 10:25 PM

It does bring back memories Roman. As a kid I lived in a small town on the CNR main line in Saskatchewan but I traveled many summers on the CPR out to “the coast” to spend time with my mother’s side of the family. Trains were a big part of a kid’s life in those little towns.
I’m sure you will have lots of great new memories now.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 09-08-2015 01:40 AM

Great to be involved in helping preserve a slice of the past Roman, you know in this “throw away” don’t repair, go buy a new one area I just love these sort of projects, Well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 08:37 AM

Very nice restoration. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 09-08-2015 09:15 AM

Fun to work on a project that raises many memories from childhood×¥

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#7 posted 09-08-2015 11:23 AM

Very interesting, and very cool. Well done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 09-09-2015 01:53 AM

Hi Roman. I finally had time to read your book on carving boots. Very well done!

Will you be by the exhibition a Southcenter Center court next week?

-- gary

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#9 posted 03-19-2016 01:16 AM

All ways love to hear the story’s behind the projects.
And one great project to work on for sure.
PS I can’t beleave there’s not a shoe in there some where. LOL

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