Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Discovery Train Programme 1978


One of the weirdest things I experienced as a child was the The Discovery Train Programme. During the summer of the late ’70’s The National Museums of Canada put trains loaded with Canadian culture on tour.
I can’t remember how many times we saw the Discovery Train, it could only have been once, but it did have a direct effect on my current occupation. They had an afternoon of NFB animated films onboard for anyone to see.
One of the non-animation films they showed was “Paddle to the Sea”. That one has haunted my dreams for years! http://www.nfb.ca/collection/films/fiche/?id=10584
According to the Freedom Train website the trains were appropriated from the American Freedom Train program. The Freedom Train ran from the 40’s to the 70’s. More can be found on their website. http://www.freedomtrain.org/html/whereabouts.htm
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