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Railroading would be on the menu, as well as good restaurants and the golden countryside of Ontario in autumn.

2809 had an all-weather vestibule cab providing greater protection for the engine crew during the colder seasons. Get the Classic Trains twice-monthly newsletter. The goal was to find 8 x 10 prints that Morgan and Strassman might have agonized over before laying them aside. Most numerous of these was class D10. The locomotive weighed 66 tons without tender. The locomotives of class G5 were intended for light freight duty across Canada, and the G5d subclass of this modest design was the last group to be placed in service after manufacture by Canadian Locomotive Company in 1948. These locomotives weighed 306,000 pounds and exerted 57,100 pounds of tractive force. The Schmidt High-pressure System was used; as in other applications it worked fairly well but high maintenance costs outweighed any efficiency savings. Returning to the Midwest after a family vacation trip in New England in August 1955, my parents chose the northern route through Ontario by way of Ottawa, North Bay and Sault Ste. Classic Trains magazine celebrates the 'golden years of railroading' including the North American railroad scene from the late 1920s to the late 1970s. It’s a slim book, only 141 pages, but inspired photo editing and Art Director David A. Strassman’s generous use of white space give the book a timeless quality. Today No. I photographed her digitally at Scranton on July 26, 2005. 453 of this class is reportedly stored in Utica, New York with its future plans uncertain. Of Donald Furler, Linn Westcott, and A.C.K.

136's engineer. On the railroad, the locomotives had a special shield over their headlights to reduce their visibility to potential enemy bombers. Lyndonville was a busy spot then, during the heavy-traffic days of World War II. 1266, a representative of subclass G5c built by the Canadian Locomotive Company in 1947, performing switching duties. The G5s had 20x28-inch cylinders and 70-inch diameter drivers. 2534 2-8-0 : Brighton, ON: Location: Memory Junction Railway Museum: Status: Display: Album: Video: Notes: CN Ten-Wheeler 1541 passes Hagersville's leaning interlocking tower in a John Rehor photo. 2601 sports an Elesco feedwater heater, giving her a proud and dignified look. accurately observes, “There was never a setting for steam that surpassed Canada.”. Thank you. Our first stop was the Canadian Pacific terminal facility in Ottawa, where we found a few of the older and smaller locomotives such as Consolidations (2-8-0 type) and Ten-Wheelers (4-6-0 type) that still performed branch line, local freight and switching duties. 2317 has 75-inch drivers and 25x30-inch cylinders, and sustains 200 pounds per square inch of boiler pressure.

(Notice the embossed gold crown on the side of the running board skirt, over the cylinder.). Canadian Pacific's 4-6-2 No. The famous Royal Hudsons were preceded by earlier classes built by Montreal Locomotive Works beginning in 1929. Although No. The National Park Service acquired the bankrupt Steamtown's assets in 1986, and in recent years No.

1278 of the same class achieved notoriety while being operated in tourist service on the Gettysburg Railroad in Pennsylvania in June 1995.

is a showcase of great black-and-white photography.If all had gone according to plan this year, just about now we’d be packing up the car for a road trip to Canada to visit old friends. Her 63-inch drivers were powered by 23x32-inch cylinders at 250 pounds of boiler pressure.

Perhaps these two older workhorses were among them. Sadly, with a change in CPR management that program was suspended. Phil Hastings chose a low angle for his view of CP 4-4-0 No. No. Sister locomotive No. For heavy passenger service the Canadian Pacific preferred the 4-6-4 or Hudson type, of which it had 65 engines. In the photograph, the engineer's posture and the position of the valve gear betray the fact that the engine is moving in reverse, backing boxcars onto a siding.

Note that the locomotive has been named "F. Nelson Blount" in honor of Steamtown's founder, who lost his life in a plane crash in 1967. Don Wood found a CN Mogul on the turntable at Owen Sound, Ont. Due to low water level the crown sheet (above the firebox) failed and three crewmen were seriously injured by escaping steam. Canadian National Railway K-5-a Hudson, 1930 CN Hudson 5700 steam engine / locomotive wheels at the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario Unit 8811 heads up two Canadian National Railway locomotives on a cold winter day. A handful of 4-6-2s served local freight assignments until the early 1960s, probably the last steam engines operated by the Canadian Pacific. This articulated locomotive was one of two 2-6-6-6 locomotives that claimed the joint title of most powerful reciprocating steam locomotives to ever have been built. Most North American steam locomotives built, or rebuilt, after about 1920 were equipped with feedwater heaters. Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, Between 1907 and 1913 the CPR acquired more than 500 locomotives of this class from the major Canadian builders as well as its own Angus Shops in Montreal. The contrast between the two Canadian transcontinentals, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, is a case in point. Four of the Royal Hudsons are preserved in Canada and the United States, two of which have been operational at different times. 2601 on standby adjacent to the roundhouse. More to the point, perhaps, he muses on the inimitable versatility of Canadian motive power, grounded in the fact that the country was dominated by two sprawling, transcontinental systems: “The transcons required and bought universal locomotives that could haul sleepers or wheat with equal ease, burn oil in Alberta or coal in Nova Scotia, and exchange parts with sisters working the breadth of a continent away.”. 2809. The purpose of the feedwater heater was to use exhaust steam from the cylinders to preheat fresh water going into the boiler. A representative of CPR's G3c class, No. 472, shown here simmering away on one of the roundhouse lead tracks, was a member of class D4g outshopped by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1914. The locomotive preferences of the Canadian Pacific were displayed for us as we pursued our way westward and arrived at the locomotive servicing facility in Chalk River, Ontario.

And pay attention many photographers did, including, as the book shows, several excellent Canadian shooters, as well as some of the biggest names on the American scene. CPR steam locomotives that serviced this great country of ours. Some of these engines were active to the very end of steam operations, and six representatives of the D-10 class remain today. They sustained 190 pounds per square inch of boiler pressure and weighed 109 tons.

Text and photo images©2013 Richard Leonard. Consolidation No. When passengers rode along the Front Range, New York Central's steam legacy is in good hands. The Schmidt High-pressure System used a closed-circuit of steam and distilled water working at 1,350 psi, transferring heat to an HP boiler working at 850 psi pressure to supply the center cylinder. Please allow up to 24 hours for your comment to be approved. 2809 had an all-weather vestibule cab providing greater protection for the engine crew during the colder seasons. It’s hardly a substitute for being there, but the other evening I found myself getting at least a bit of a fix by reaching for a favorite book, David P. Morgan’s Canadian Steam!, a pictorial review of Dominion railroading published by Kalmbach in 1961, the year after steam vanished on Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. Reacquired by Canadian Pacific, she was painstakingly restored to service as an oil burner and dubbed the "CPR Empress." Here we found 2-8-2 No. ☡ = Caution - functioning website but exhibiting some technical problems.

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1278 is also at the Age of Steam Roundhouse and will likely never be restored to operation, being preserved as an exhibit of the hazard involved in slipshod maintenance of steam equipment.

2601 was scrapped a year after this photo was taken, but sister 2634 is displayed in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The CPR operated a locomotive and car repair facility there, and I well recall the day that Dad took me on a visit to the shops and I was frightened by the welding torches! I can remember the air raid drill blackouts on occasional nights during the war, when we had to lower all the window shades of our home. With a grate area of 81 square feet, these "Royal Hudsons" had an evaporative heating surface totaling 3791 square feet and a superheating surface of 1542 square feet. Ahead of her unusually tall stack No. She was acquired in 1963 by F. Nelson Blount, eventually passing to the Steamtown Foundation, and after was owned by the late Jerry Jacobson.

5631 has been preserved at an industrial park in Depew, New York, facing an uncertain future. (The Canadian National owned only five.) I focused on five photographers: Robert Hale, Philip R. Hastings, John A. Rehor, Jim Shaughnessy, and Don Wood. 472. 3751 appears to be a product of the Montreal Locomotive Works, and mustered some 43,400 pounds of tractive force. No 8000 was a three cylinder compound high-pressure experiment built for the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Canadian National Railway Co. No. The train is 491, a hot New England–Chicago freight via Sarnia, Ont., and the Grand Trunk Western. These 4-6-4 type locomotives, semi-streamlined with a recessed headlight and trimmed in black, silver and deep red, received the name "Royal Hudson" after one of them (No. Steam Locomotives and Steam Trains including Photos ( and Sorted by URL and not by title. This stunning level of power was necessary for this locomotive class to complete its job climbing the Allegheny Mountains’ steep grades . I photographed No. The exhaust steam from this was mixed with 250 psi pressure steam from the LP boiler to feed the two outside cylinders. Featuring 75-inch drivers, members of the H1 class developed a tractive effort of 45,300 pounds.

472 saw service under the often-severe weather conditions of eastern Canada and northern New England; Jean-Louis Ouellette provided a photo of No.

1278 had been built in Canada with an extra array of staybolts that prevented the crown sheet from being completely torn apart. Giant steam locomotives, colorful streamliners, great passenger trains, passenger terminals, timeworn railroad cabooses, recollections of railroaders and train-watchers. 1278 in her happier days of service with the Gettysburg tourist operation, during a trip through Pennsylvania in June of 1993. If any photographer dominates Canadian Steam! Today No. Delivered in several groups by Montreal Locomotive Works, the Royal Hudsons had 75-inch drivers, 22x30-inch cylinders, a boiler pressure of 275 pounds per square inch, and a locomotive weight of 366,000 pounds.

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