Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dead Girl Walking!

Canadian National Railways, Prince Rupert, May 1958.The coup d'etat was completed months earlier, when the last steam drawn passenger train left Prince Rupert, with diesels pulling in the next day. All that's left now is carting away the bodies.

CNR 5000 shown here has been placed into this evening’s eastbound freight. There was a “collection” area at Jasper, where she is headed. I’m looking at this shot wondering why in heck I didn’t take a screwdriver to that engine plate!

Canada’s largest locomotive builder, Montreal Locomotive Works, built CNR 5000. Opened its doors in 1883 as the Locomotive and Machine Company of Montreal Ltd. It was purchased by American Locomotive Company in 1904 and later renamed Montreal Locomotive Works.

Montreal Locomotive Works built many of the CNR’s most well known classes of steam power, from the X-10-a Suburbans, to the U-4-a Northerns. MLW built about 1/3 of CNR's steam roster.

Railroad Stuff: CNR 5000, 4-6-2 Pacific, built 1913, retired 1957, Class J-1-a, 34,670 t.e. There were 4 locomotives in this group, 5000 – 5003. RIP.

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