Canada Day at Seashore!
Canada Day at Seashore is a bit different than most of our geographical tribute days. We recognize several states owing to the fact that we have some beautiful cars that were in service there. On Canada Day we get a two-fer. We are paying tribute to an entire country and we do so, in part, because one of our most interesting and unique cars hails from Montreal. It is Montreal Tramways Co. 2. It has been referred to as, “The crown jewel of Seashore’s open car fleet”. It is one of the four famous observation cars that regularly were operated on summer sightseeing tours in Montreal, Quebec.
Built by the old Montreal Street Railway in 1906, No. 2 was acquired in 1963 by the Museum through the cooperation of the Montreal Transportation Commission and the generosity of the Carling Brewing Company, then of Natick, Massachusetts. No. 2 differs from the other open cars in that it has no roof and its seats are arranged theater fashion at progressively higher levels on either side of a center aisle. It is also known as “The Golden Chariot” due to its unique design, purpose and gold accented livery (train lingo for color scheme).
We love when our neighbors to the north come to visit. This is good because they visit often and in notable numbers. If you are from Canada and planning to be in Southern Maine during our 4th of July observances, please join us for Canada Day at Seashore! On this day you will enjoy half-priced admission. The Golden Chariot will be making limited runs so check in early. If it’s a bright sunny day bring that sunblock. Remember… the No.2 has no roof and one can get a lot of sun in that three mile round trip to Talbot Park.
As an added bonus, on Canada Day at Seashore, our Pump Car will be available for short excursions. For $2 per person you can operate this car under the trained eye of one of our museum staff. Your nominal fee helps fund the ongoing efforts of the museum.