Interesting Load

Steve Vallee

Dear Group...

   While looking through the October, 1951 issue of Railroad Magazine, I spotted this interesting load tidbit on page141 that I wanted to share with the Group:

  A train of 14 boxcars loaded with 20,000 boxes of soap flakes and 75,000 cakes of toilet soap---a cargo of 210 tons---rolled over the Canadian Pacific from the Procter & Gamble factory in Hamilton, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta. It was hailed as the first all-soap special in Canadian history. Banners festooned the train. Edmonton was reported to be in a lather over it.According to the CPR "Spanner," the cars carried enough soap to keep an average family clean 3000 years. However, it lasted some 125,000 Northern Alberta families one month.


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