The Dominion pauses at Banff, 1959. Click to enlarge.

"Looking east from the Banff CPR station, late 1959. I always liked that Tuscan red of the CPR. I like it even more now that it's so rarely seen. Under the snow to the right of the platform are a few tracks which in earlier times were available to the privileged classes in their private rail cars. During the summer, that would be."  - Gordon Hunter

(Gordon Hunter from Nanaimo, BC, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)


Dominion drumhead.


The Dominion was a Canadian transcontinental passenger train operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It first began as a summer service between Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia, operating in 1931 and 1932. Effective June 23, 1933 it replaced the Imperial Limited as the CPR's main transcontinental service and included a Montreal, Quebec – Sudbury, Ontario section.

It remained CPR's flagship train until the introduction of the stainless steel dome streamliner The Canadian on 24 April 1955. In 1960 the train was reconfigured as a "transcontinental local" service on the same route as the Canadian to provide services on shorter trips. The Dominion had previously carried a large amount of mail and express parcels, which afterward was carried on fast freights as well as on The Canadian. This reduced The Dominion to a typical consist of four coaches and a baggage car. The service was eliminated officially on 24 April 1966, but continued on as the Expo Limited (serving the Montreal World's Fair) for much of 1967.


The rear of the Canadian Pacific Railway's "The Dominion" passenger train crossing the Stoney Creek Bridge in the late 1950s. Click to enlarge.

(Gordon Hunter, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)



Service type: Long-distance passenger train
Status: Discontinued
Locale: Canada
Predecessor: Imperial Limited
First service: 1931
Last service February: 1966
Successors: The Canadian, Expo Limited
Former operator: Canadian Pacific Railway
Route Termini: Toronto / Vancouver
Train numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4
Track gauge 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)