VIEW-2491 | C.P.R. sleeping car (the "Melbourne"), Montreal, QC, 1890
C.P.R. sleeping car (the "Melbourne"), Montreal, QC, 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Transportation (2517)
Keys to History
Since the 1880s, the directors of the Canadian Pacific had been trying to develop high-class tourism in the Rockies. The company acquired luxury rail cars for first-class travellers. Tourist found elegant interiors, decorated with fine woodwork and equipped with lighting systems. In the dining cars, they dined with crystal and silverware as they watched the landscape go by. At night, they slept in perfect peacefulness in the most elegant sleepers, such as the "Melbourne," photographed by the Notman Studio in 1890.