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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sloman School Car Alive

Clinton | by Peter Jackson  

Enough volunteers found to staff popular Sloman School Car attraction.

The committee responsible for the Sloman School Car attraction in Clinton is breathing a lot easier -- and just in time.

Spokesperson Pam Stanley says they were looking at possibly not having enough volunteers to staff the popular Victoria Terrace destination.

Four people have stepped up to replace two who retired after the last tourist season.

Stanley says their arrival helps relieve under-staffing which would have made for a heavy workload on the remaining volunteers.

The Sloman School Car opened for the season on Saturday.

Stanley says the historical venue will welcome visitors from Thursday through Sunday or holiday Monday each weekend from now through Labour Day.

She also mentions that larger groups can tour the one-time classroom on wheels by special arrangement.

Stanley tells us a newly-announced grant is more good news for the attraction.

The Clinton Horticultural Society has receive a grant of a-thousand dollars go toward upgrading the garden on the Sloman grounds.

The Sloman School Car was rescued from an obscure spot in the CN rail yards in Toronto and restored to its original form.

It was one of only seven such passenger rail cars in Ontario converted for classroom use.

Clinton-based Educator Frank Sloman and his family travelled with the car through northern Ontario providing school classes in remote communities between 1926 and 1965.


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