Canadian Pacific Railway
M-430 a 1928 Cadillac believed to have been used around
Banff and acquired from an owner in Kamloops.
M-235 a 1929 Packard seven-passenger limousine at Parkdale station (Toronto) 1944 with none other than the famous N.R. "Buck" Crump, General Superintendent driving. Old Time Trains Archives
(motor) is the designation of this spotless CPR 1938 Buick Special
M-235 at the Canadian Railway Museum near Montreal. July 29,1982 Pierre Fournier
Spanner August-September 1953
M243 in Hochelaga Yard, Montreal. September 10, 1949 E.A.Toohey Collection
Inspection cars were automobiles used by high ranking company railway officers to conduct inspections of the railway's property. They were equipped with steel wheels to run on track and could not be used on roads, unlike hi-rail vehicles used in recent years that can do both. They were usually equipped with a turntable.
These inspections always brought a certain amount of trepidation with their passing as railway officials often reined terror upon hapless lower ranking officials and employees for anything that didn't please them.
Monthly inspections by the Divisional General Superintendent similarly were preceded by much concern on the part of lesser mortals. These inspections were conducted using the General Superintendent's business car attached to the rear of a passenger or mixed train if available, otherwise a freight train would be used.
business car 35 on the Elora Mixed hauled by D-6 class Ten Wheeler 526
M-246 (ex C&O 5) at West Toronto Depot Bill Thomson
waits at West Toronto Depot, likely about to head north on the Mac Tier Subdivision.
CPR M-260, 1947 Cadillac was used by President N. R. Crump, Smiths Falls Railway Museum.
M-364 1932 Buick, Brandon, Manitoba. July 19, 1947 David M. More
CPR M-499 1934 Buick
M-499 at the Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
assigned in 1939 to Superintendent Harry Taylor, Moose Jaw, in 1957 to Supt. Crawford
Close-up of the inspection car turntable, removed for display.
Above three images: Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
M600 Calgary late 1920's Packard. Note turntable for car. Late 1940's photo by Norm Corness.
Spanner May 1955
M-602 a 1938 Chevrolet is located at the Alexander Galt Museum in Lethbridge, Alberta.
M620 Make and year unknown. Possibly at Prince Albert, SK Keith Bowler
M820 Revelstoke, June 1951. W.C.Whittaker/Bill Thomson
subsidiary Dominion Atlantic had an inspection car, M-107
shown at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
DAR Hy-Rail 1958 Pontiac station wagon. Kentville, NS
Quebec Central M-286 a 1929 Packard at Sherbrooke.
Note: The building housing the M 286 was a "left
over" of an old QCR steam locomotive house.
GWWD 33 an old Paige shown at St.Boniface, Manitoba, September 19,1959 J.D.Knowles
Greater Winnipeg Water District 34 is a 1946 Packard.
Northern Alberta 99 a 1930 Buick. R.D.C.Comrie
Marquette Railway IN.2 Inspection Car at Chatham, Ont. Aug. 15,1945
Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo 1, 1951 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe. Tim Miller/Rod Wilson Collection
TH&B 1, is in private hands in Tottenham and occasionally seen at railway hobby shows.
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