CN Summer 1963 Timetable

After publishing an 80-page (plus covers) timetable for many years, CN shrank the booklet by 16 pages starting with the April, 1961 edition. I count 123 separate tables in the 1960 edition but only 98 tables in this one. About two dozen trains were discontinued between the two editions, most of them very minor; some ran only one or two days a week.

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The biggest loss was the Toronto-New York Maple Leaf, which operated over CN to the border and Lehigh Valley to New York Penn Station. Lehigh Valley discontinued this train in February, 1961. Another interesting loss was a commuter train service between Montreal and St. Eustache, a 17-mile route that supported something like 19 trains per weekday in 1960 and just one in 1963.

CN’s wet-noodle logo replaced the more conventional CN on the 1960 timetable. Graphics designers admire the newer logo because of its supposedly timeless appearance, the natural flow between the two letters, and its easy recognizability. I think it is boring and much prefer logos based on such things as animals (CP beaver, GN goat), trees (CN maple leaf, Maine Central pine tree), or indigenous designs (NP monad, Santa Fe circle).

In keeping with the boring logo, the cover photo on this timetable is ridiculous. Is it meant to symbolize the disappearing passenger trains? It shows Jasper Park Lodge, of which CN was very proud, but just what is the benefit of hiding it behind foliage? Timetable covers should inspire people to travel; this provides almost no inspiration to do anything but ignore the publication.


CN Summer 1963 Timetable — 2 Comments

  1. A logo doesn’t have to be funny, quirky, entertaining … it’s enough if it is timeless, instantly recognizable. I consider the CN wordmark one of the best railway logos worldwide, on par with the arrow logos of SBB, NS and ex-British Rail or the similarly styled logo of the Portuguese CP. Any mascots or advertisement figures could go in addition but not replace the logo which remains the same.

    (Want a boring logo? Look at Deutsche Bahn.)

  2. The service to Saint-Eustache was not reduced to one train a day; rather, only that one train (which carries on to Grenville) is still listed in the national timetable. For the others, see the note underneath table 30: “For local service between Montreal, Mount Royal, Val Royal, Cartierville and St. Eustache-sur-le-Lac please refer to Suburban Time Tables.” In fact the local service is still running today, 22 complete trips M-F, with a few station name/location changes.

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