CANADIAN RAILWAY HISTORY
Steve Morris sent us this fantastic image of CPR FA1 4008 and FB1 4404 fresh out of the MLW plant in Montreal from a Canadian Pacific Photo taken back in June 1950. Even more interesting is having this new technology posed in front of a partially completed export steam engine possibly a 4-6-2 built for India.
CP MLW S-3 #6581 Montreal Locomotive Works builder’s photo 1957
(courtesy of Bruce Chapman)
Built by MLW in 1957 (Serial Number 82167) CP classed these DS-6h. Bruce’s photo was taken May 22, 1973, at Thunder Bay, ON.
CPR 4-6-4 Hudson 2815, sister to CP's famous “Empress” 2816 hauls freight in Montreal in January 1950. Built in Dec. 1930, unlike her sister, she succumbed to the scrapper's torch in April 1959. 2815 was one of a number of CP engines to be outfitted with experimental air deflectors better known as elephant ears during the late 1930s. Beyond the fact they restricted even more the limited sightline for the poor engineer, the baffles did not achieve the success wanted of deflecting the smoke higher over the top of the engine. Engines equipped had them removed in the late 40s on as they came up for major shopping. Also note the repositioning of the marker lights. (Thanks to Steve Morris and LBC).
Doug Hately took this great photo of CPR G5a #1201 at Wakefield, QC August 22nd, 1982. The engine is seen at the south end of the yard after a half spin on the turntable, and is coupling onto the other end of the consist. Doug’s boys, then about 9 and 7 years old, rode the cab around the turntable, thanks to our good friend Bruce Chapman! Currently CPR #1201 has been stored in Ottawa for over 10 years.
In April, Exporail will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM to 17:00 (5:00 PM).
All month – 'Special Delivery' Discover the mail car, see how postal clerks sorted the mail enroute. You can even mail a post card to a friend from the mail car - bring your address book and trade your keyboard for a pen!
All month – ‘Working on the Railroad’, Try your hand at these fundamental railway trades: brakeman, car-man, trackman, motorman!
The March - April issue of Canadian Rail is devoted to the Pacific Great Eastern Railway and the British Columbia Railway, an all British Columbia issue. Canadian Rail is mailede to CRHA members and is available at better hobby shops.
Plans are in the works to repatriate British Railway Gresley A4 Pacifics “Dwight D. Eisenhower” In Green Bay, WI and “Dominion of Canada” at ExpoRail in Montreal back to the UK. Should the funding come to fruition, the plan is to ship both to the NRM in England for two years UK for cosmetic restoration and a reunion of the surviving A4’s! However the funding has not come through yet.
Canadian Railroad Historical Association E&N Division
Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society
York-Durham Historical Railway (YDHR)
Guelph Historical Railway Association (GHRA)
West Coast Railway Association (WCRA)
Copper Theft sidelines WCRA Coaches
The epidemic of copper thefts in Squamish has rendered WCRA’s operating Trainset inoperable after three coaches and the (ex CP#598) Henry Pickering observation car were stripped of their HEP cables in late February. Stealing from a volunteer charity has to be about as low as anyone could go, but no site is immune from these criminal actions.
The MO is the same each time—the perpetrators drive up the pitch dark dyke on the west side of the Heritage Park, use their hefty cutters to cut though the chain link fencing, and head under a passenger car to seek out and remove the cables. On a 12 acre site it is easy it seems, to do all this undetected.
Work has now begun on several measures to improve security at the Heritage Park site and we are not going to put the cables back in for now, holding off on that until we can better afford it as well as time the replacement just prior to needing each car for service. The Henry Pickering will be repaired first as it has to be made operable for the 2012 lease to Rocky Mountaineer for the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb train again.
We will do our very best, but this is a real challenge for us at a time when we need funds to pay for staff and ongoing operations, as well as our valued suppliers.
Update on Electric Locomotive BCER#960
Under the guidance of Team Lead Mike McGaw, work continues working on the locomotive in preparation for reassembly.
During the week of March 19th, the Engine was placed in the wash bay to allow the crews to pressure wash the lower running gear.
By March 26th the unit is back in the shop facility where welding and fitting continues.
BCER# 960 shown arriving at the wash rack with the assistance of CPR#6503. Engineer on the occasion is John Jellis. (Photo courtesy Russ Grycan, WCRA).
Volunteers ready venerable CPR S3 #6503 for the 2012 Season
Volunteer team member Richard Courage reports … On Friday 17th February 2012 John Jellis and I worked on CPR S3 #6503.
The previous week in preparation, 6503 had been drained, side covers were removed, Cuno filters taken out and oil filter cap removed. Water was also added to top up level. Today the water level was good. The oil sump behind the Cuno filters was pumped out. Filters having been cleaned with solvent previously, new oil was added & filters reinstalled, new oil filter was installed & some oil added to the tube.
The side covers were then reinstalled using new gaskets where available (gasket kits supplied were incorrect for unit). Some other correct gaskets were obtained from stock - others were reused with silicone beads applied to gaskets to form a seal. New oil was then added to sump to bring up to near level on dipstick - one 205 litre barrel was used at this stage, Engine was started & run to push oil around the system - then a few litres were drained to check condition - a spoonful of water & sludge was noted - then oil ran clean.
Engine then shut down - more oil added to bring up to level , then restarted, all areas checked for leakage - a few small items noted on covers -- some more silicone beads added for leak stoppage. Approx. 2/3 of a barrel of oil was added in the final stage.
Engine shut down, shutters set in closed position - loco now ready for work starting with BCIT conductors Practicum in March. ( ps 6503 worked very well for all 5 days during the Conductors Practicum.)
ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS IMAX FILM OPENS IN VANCOUVER:
The spectacular IMAX film Rocky Mountain Express opens in Vancouver in the IMAX theatre on Sunday, April 8th at the TELUS World of Science. This IMAX film, which features CPR 2816 The Empress steaming through the Canadian Rockies, can now be seen on the West Coast.
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel: http://www.trainsdeluxe.com/
West Coast Railway Association: www.wcra.org
Roundhouse Museum Project: http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/roundhousemuseumproject
Revelstoke Railway Museum: www.railwaymuseum.com
Rocky Mountain Railway Society: http://www.6060.org/
The Alberta 2005 Centennial Railway Museum Society: www.alberta2005rail.com
Winnipeg Railway Museum: www.wpgrailwaymuseum.com
Waterloo Central Railway http://waterloocentralrailway.com/
York Durham Heritage Railway. http://www.ydhr.ca/
Canadian Museum of Science &Technology (Ottawa) http://imagescn.technomuses.ca
Chatham Railway Museum http://www.chathamrailroadmuseum.ca/
Bytown Railway Society: www.bytownrailwaysociety.ca/about.htm
Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society http://www.portageflyer.org/
Guelph Historical Railway Assoc (GRHA) http://www.ghra.ca
Northern Ontario Railway Museum: http://www.northernontariorailroadmuseum.ca/
Friends of 6218: http://www.friendsof6218.ca/contactus.php
Monticello Railway Museum http://www.mrym.org/
Lake Shore Railway Historical Society http://www.grape-track.org/home
Steamtown National Historic Site: http://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm
© CRO April 2012