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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sloman School Car Needs Help

Clinton | by Peter Jackson  

Sloman Car looks to Central Huron Council to help offset costs for historic attraction.

The board responsible for maintenance of the historic Sloman School Car attraction in Clinton is looking for help.

The Board has presented a letter to Central Huron Council requesting any assistance in offsetting ongoing operating costs.

Central Huron Councillor Pam Stanley says the School Car has been in Clinton for over 30 years and is a valuable part of our rural past.

The car is named for Clinton native Fred Sloman whose family made it their home as they travelled across northern Ontario providing education to remote communities between 1926 and 1965.

Stanley tells us there's added pressure this year to make ends meet.

The board wasn't able to secure a 10-thousand dollar federal grant for a student support worker.

Stanley says the grant application period was very short and their application didn't make the review list.

Stanley notes that the board tries to keep the Sloman School Car attraction in residents' and visitors' minds outside the traditional opening period from the May 2-4 weekend to Labour Day.

She says tour groups can visit the attraction from Labour Day through mid-October by appointment.

The Sloman School Car also plays a role in Clinton's Scarecrow Festival and ties in with museum events and promotions whenever possible.

The car is the only survivor of seven CN railway passenger cars converted into rolling classrooms in the early 20th Century.

It was thought to have been scrapped until it was discovered abandoned in a CN Rail yard in Toronto.

The car was brought to Clinton and restored as a tourist attraction.


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