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From the 1920s to the early 1960s, children who lived in remote parts of northern Ontario went to a very special school. Their school came to them once a month or so and stayed a week at a time. School was part of a railway car pulled by a train. Half the car was the teacher's home, the other half was a classroom. It had desks of different sizes for students of various ages, blackboards, maps, textbooks and books to read. Most of the schoolchildren's fathers worked for the railway, others were trappers, miners and farmers.
Aboriginal, Finnish, Norwegian, French and British children inside a school train at Nemigos, near Chapleau, Ontario, around 1950
Having a lesson inside a school train, around 1950
A school train can be seen at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson/St-Constant, Quebec.
Strange School, Secret Wish, by Bernice Gold. Vancouver: Beach Holme Pub., ©2001, 120 p. Ages 8 to 12
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