Super Continental Menu

This menu is undated but shows the Super Continental in Canadian National’s pre-1961 paint scheme so must be from 1960 or a few years before. Jason Shron, of Rapido Trains, says that this paint scheme is the most popular one his company sells, but he much prefers the post-1961 scheme. While I agree that the 1954 color scheme was bland, I don’t find black-and-dirty-white with red-nosed locomotives to be much of an improvement over green-and-black with yellow-nosed locomotives, and the loss of the yellow pinstripes was a definite downgrade.

Click image to download a 1.4-MB PDF of this menu.

This menu has a couple of unusual features. First, the image of the train on the cover is actually a separate piece of stiff paper glued to the front, creating a primitive 3-D effect. Second, the table d’hôte half the interior menu is a separate piece of paper sized to fit into tabs cut into the main menu card. The space beneath this paper is blank so I didn’t bother including it in the PDF.

The entrées on the table d’hôte menu include Lake Winnipeg goldeye, haddock, omelet, chicken fricassee, prime rib, cold cuts, and charcoal broiled sirloin steak. The a la carte entrées are limited to generic fish and variations of ham, bacon, and eggs.

At $4.50, the most expensive meal on the menu is the steak. If the menu is from 1960, that would be about $28 in today’s money. Inflation was low in those days, but important enough that CN obscured the prices of two items–lobster salad and chicken salad–with tiny maple leaves and replaced them with new prices.


Super Continental Menu — 1 Comment

  1. Kind of an odd painting of the engines on the menu cover. The 6500 class were FP-9A’s but the area around the headlight shows that same type of grill as used on MLW FPA-4’s, as well as a the MLW squarish nose in general. The area beneath the Farr Air grills is completely blank and should have some portholes and vents. The B unit has the same 6500 number, but FP9B’s were in the 6600 series. Both FP-9’s and FPA-4’s were used on the Super Continental so maybe it was supposed to be a generic representation of either locomotive. Looks odd to me as a railfan, of course, but probably not to the general public. I do think the 1954 color scheme was the classiest one that CN had for passenger units.


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