Hawker Siddeley Canada Tempo Cars

In the late 1960s, the Canadian National Railway bought some new passenger cars for intercity services between Toronto and Windsor/Sarnia. These cars were called Tempo cars. Unlike most other passenger cars in North America (especially from the time) that were inadvertently somehow a Budd or Pullman of some sort, the Tempo cars had aluminium body shells and were built by the Canadian division of British builder Hawker Siddeley in Thunder Bay, ON.

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"Ski Train Tempo cars (2851886846)" by vxla from Chicago, US - HPIM7117. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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"D&RGW Ski Train 01" by NateBeal - Ski Train. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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"CN Tempo service to Windsor" by Robert Taylor from Stirling, Canada - CN Tempo service to Windsor Uploaded by Skeezix1000. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Tempo cars were one of the earlier examples of passenger cars with inboard bearings with outboard disc brakes (GO transit's bilevel cars have a similar truck) and were built with modern electric power rather than the old-school steam heating seen on the iconic stainless steel streamliners of North America. They've had a long service industry with several owners, and are back at CN in the Algoma Central color scheme today. More about this passenger car can be found on this Wikipedia page.


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