Sloman School Car
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What is Sloman School Car?
CNR School Car #15089 is also called the Sloman School Car named after Clinton, Ontario native Fred Sloman.
The Original School on Wheels #15089 was one of only seven such railway schools used as a highly successful method of reaching and teaching the isolated children and adults of the Northern Ontario wilderness earlier last century.
Car 15089 is one of the original seven school cars, and was thought to have been scrapped long ago, until found abandoned in the Toronto/Mississauga CNR rail yard in 1982. It was transported to Clinton to undergo renovation. Located in the beautiful park which bears his name, CNR School Car #15089 is also a memorial for Clinton native Fred Sloman, the "Dean of School Car Teachers," who lived and taught in this travelling school from 1926 to 1965. Visitors will be amazed at how Fred Sloman and his family lived and travelled in this single railway car, bringing reading and writing skills to Canada's north. One of Fred Sloman's children, Margaret, still lives in Clinton and is active with the care and upkeep of the car and its park. Sloman Park is located at 76 Victoria Terrace overlooking the Bayfield River.