|Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN||posted 09-07-2015 05:32 PM||1178 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
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
-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!