Monday, August 16, 2010

CP Rail Mural/ My World

Steaming out of the past: engine 2466

This mural is on the side of a building facing a parking lot in Parry Sound, Ontario. The mural depicts the importance of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) during the early half of the twentieth century when trains were pulled by steam locomotives fired with coal. Here you can see the coal car right behind the engine.

Passenger car following the coal car

CPR and the Canadian National Railway are still very important for moving cargo across Canada and into the United States, But of course they are now powered with diesel fuel.

Today's CPR looks like this: engine 8643

You can see the routes CPR takes today by clicking HERE.  Parry Sound - the mural's location -  is approximately between the r and o in Toronto on the map.



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39 comments:

Elisa said...

Amazing!
It´s like the original!
Greetings
Elisa

Kathy said...

I believe we are all fascinated by trains.

Gill - That British Woman said...

you know when dh is on vacation in two weeks time, we may take a drive up to Parry Sound, as we have never been before. I am guessing there is plenty to see?

Gill

George said...

This is a neat mural. I think there is something very special about steam locomotives, but I realize that diesel is more efficient.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific mural and your photos are marvelous as always! I love trains, my favorite way to travel! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Francisca said...

Hah! we both picked murals to post today. I like yours... good story, too.

Riet said...

That is beautiful.Love the trains

cieldequimper said...

Red like fire engines! Great!

Paulie said...

Beautiful murals! If not for the lines of the cement walls, it would look like the real thing steaming along! That last one of the present engine, etc. is fantastic shot!

Shey said...

Fantastic mural. Love the colors of the train & scenery. Makes the train "come alive". :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful!!!!!
Léia

April said...

Beautiful mural and photo! Very impressive!

Maria said...

I guess it must be interesting to cross Canada by Canadian National Railway! I wonder how long it would take?

Gallery Juana said...

railways are such an amazing part of history. you've given me an idea for my next post:)

aka Penelope said...

My happiest travel memories include a train trip across Canada. Even the sound of a train whistle brings back feelings of adventure. Thank you for sharing this beautifully painted mural.

EG Wow said...

Maria,

I found this online, a description of a 17-day train trip from Halifax in the east to Vancouver in the west, with a couple of side trips added on. You can check it out here: http://www.silverclover.free-online.co.uk/transcan.html

Photo Cache said...

I agree with Kathy about everyone's fascination with trains. I thought it's the romantic way to move about places. Been reading too much romance novels I guess.

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Ebie said...

Love the fiery red colors of the train! I would love to experience riding on coal operated locomotive.

The murals are beautiful and they capture the real one!

Reader Wil said...

The murals are brilliant and the train is impressive. Great post! Thanks for your visit.

Rob Inukshuk said...

Interesting murals and nice to see the modern version too. Would love to cross Canada by train - one day!

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful mural and a wonderful photo. My family is fascinated with trains of any kind.

Carver said...

The murals are fantastic as is the actual train. Great shots of both.

Life Ramblings said...

beautiful murals and impressive train.

Barb said...

Great that you showed the mural with the real thing! Both very red!

Melissa B. said...

I love these colors, in the mural and the original. Creative captures!

Farmchick said...

I think the mural looks fantastic. Trains have such a magical place in history.

Indrani said...

I love these kind of murals. Thanks for sharing .

Rose said...

I love the mural and the real thing!

Arija said...

'Have you ever seen the pistons on the giant CPR? If you have, then you know what pistons really are.'
If you recognise the quote, you will have a giggle, if you don't, you don't want to know about it!
Nice murals and I just love the olden days.

Siromade said...

I thought it's really real, what a beautiful shot of those rail mural.

ladyfi said...

What fabulous murals... such a good copy of the original too.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful and interesting photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Luna Miranda said...

great-looking murals! the old trains resemble the new ones.:p

J Bar said...

Great post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rimkogeren said...

Thanks for your comment :-) Perfest photos - yeah I love this old time steamers.

Carol said...

This is a beautiful mural, so bright and colorful. Looks just like the train today.

Small City Scenes said...

Who doesn't love a train scene. Neat murals and what a beauty of a train.
Our engines here (BNSF Burlington Northern Santa Fe) are Orange or green. MB

NatureFootstep said...

that´s beautiful murals. And you managed to get great photos of them :)

anjoe playhouse said...

Great photos! I love the old steam locomotive; here on Lolland we have a preserved line witch attract tourists in the summertime ;-)

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