Budd passenger motor 1200P in blue & stainless

The PV&T, like every other conventional railroad, started providing passenger service in the traditional way of having coaches hauled behind locomotives. This served the railroad well for many years, but when electrification started, the idea of using electric MU cars to provide commuter and suburban passenger service became too appealing to ignore.

After the PV&T electrification reached Montréal and Portland, the railroad started replacing passenger and express cars with electric motorcars; From 1920 until 1941, the PV&T purchased about 220 motors and 200 trailers to handle almost all of its passenger operations.

The electric cars were initially numbered from 100P through 1249P and the trailers were numbered from 2001P through 2369P. As commuter services and long-distance services declined, these cars were withdrawn from revenue service until all the commuter services had been shutdown or taken over by regional transit authorities (ditto for the interurban services, except by Amtrak & Via Rail Canada.)

Most of the retired cars ended up at the scrappers, except a few that were converted to MOW equipment or were purchased by one trolley museum or another, but significant numbers of the 12P & 10P classes still exist; the 12P’s as MOW vehicles, the 10P’s as (powered) coaches on the Chemin de fer Charlevoix’s tourist & ski trains.

The remaining cars are:

No. Class Builder Built Type Original No. Comments
600P 6PC Pullman 1928 Coach M960, ex-600P Musée ferrovaire de Parsons Vale
E60-E63 10PC Budd 1957 Coach 1200P-1203P converted to picture window tourist coaches and assigned to CdfC
E64 10PC Budd 1957 Coach 1207P stored
E65-E71 10PC Budd 1957 Coach 1218P-1222P converted to picture window tourist coaches and assigned to CdfC
E72,E73 10PC Budd 1958 Coach 1230P,1231P not operational; kept as parts units
E74 10PC Budd 1958 Coach 1232P converted to a picture window tourist coach and assigned to CdfC
E76,E77 10PCB Budd 1959 Baggage-Coach 1238P,1242P stored
E80-E82 10PC Budd 1959 Coach 1245P-1247P stored
E300 13PCB St Louis 1910 Combination PVRT 300 Musée ferrovaire de Parsons Vale
M955 1PC Niles 1912 Line car 102P
M970 11PC Brill 1932 Line car 1320P Cathedral Cars
M971 11PC Brill 1932 Line car 1317P
M972 11PI Brill 1932 Inspection car 1316P
M973 11PCB Brill 1932 Line car 1304P
M981-M984 12PCB Ottawa 1930 Line car TR&S 60,62,64,65 Converted to line cars for the LT&L’s North Shore electrification
M985 12PCB Ottawa 1930 Baggage-Coach TR&S 61 used for storage, then to Musée ferrovaire de Parsons Vale 1989
M986 12PCB Ottawa 1930 Tool car TR&S 66
X100 6THC St Louis 1928 Heater car 661P rebuilt 1967 from wrecked 6TB 718P
X101 6TD Pullman 1928 Dining car 644P official train
X103 5TI Pullman 1925 Inspection 502P official train
X106 9TO Budd 1956 Office car 1156P official train
X113 6TS Pullman 1928 Sleeper 613P rebuilt from 6PC 613P, official train
X121 10TVD Budd 1958 Vista-dome 1233P official train
X122 6TB Pullman 1928 Baggage M1102, exx-722P
X198 6TS St Louis 1928 Sleeper 698P rebuilt from 6PC 698P, official train
X688 14THE P&W 1954 HEP car AMTK 456 originally an E9B

The classification scheme that the PV&T uses for interurban motor and trailer cars is

  • the order number
  • either P for a powered car or T for a trailer
  • a classification code
  • (optionally) a numeric suffix for orders that were broken up between different carbuilders.

Thus, class 12PCB is a Powered Coach-Baggage car from order 12.

And there are multiple numbering schemes for passenger equipment; originally, the numbering scheme was a number plus the letter P (confusingly like the classification system for MU cars), but, but sometime between the formation of Amtrak & VIA this switched to the letter E or X plus a number (mirroring the M+number scheme that MOW equipment uses.)

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