Yesterday I ranted about the poorly chosen photo on the cover of Canadian National’s summer 1963 timetable. This one is even worse, as it advertises a fare plan, not the trains. Because the first thing you want people to think of when you try to sell them something is what it is going to cost them, right? Wrong!
A similar ad for CN’s red, white, and blue fare plan was appropriately located on the inside front cover of the summer timetable. The outside front cover should have a beautiful photo of a CN train through gorgeous scenery, which the summer timetable also lacked. Perhaps such photos weren’t available as CN was then transitioning its trains from green-and-black to black-and-white paint. But it could have commissioned a painting or illustration of such a scene, as it did on many of its 1950s timetables.
Inside, this edition has pretty much the same timetables as the summer version. However, CN has rearranged some of the information in the timetable. The centerfold maps (which filled four pages so weren’t all in the centerfold) have been moved to the back of the booklet. The lists of train equipment have also been moved to the back just ahead of the maps.