Friday, December 12, 2008

Reader Service Request - Part IX

Prince Rupert, 1958. The package from Fairbanks Morse also included a short form product brochure from their Canadian licensee, Canadian Locomotive Company located in Kingston, Ontario.

The Canadian Locomotive Company was founded in 1848 as the Ontario Foundry, and through a convoluted series of ownership and name changes, in 1901 became Canadian Locomotive Company, further redefined as the Canadian Locomotive Company, Limited in 1911.

CLC was a major contributor to the Canadian National Railways and its predecessors. Notable locomotives include the K-1-a Pacific’s, U-1-a Mountains, U-2-a Northern’s, and the T-2-a Santa Fe’s. CLC built about ¼ of CNR's steam locomotive fleet. While Canadian Pacific Railway built more that 1,000 steam engines in their Angus Shops, CLC also built a number of steamers for the CPR.

Under license agreements, Canadian Locomotive Company manufactured products from American companies, thereby avoiding costly import fees on units manufactured in the US and sent to Canada. Under such arrangements, locomotives were built for both Baldwin and Fairbanks Morse.

Canadian Locomotive Company built a wide variety of locomotives including dinky 10 ton diesel mechanical mine locomotives, 4-6-2 5’6” gauge steam locomotives for the Indian Railways and Fairbanks-Morse H16-44 and H24-66. Trainmaster road switchers used by Canadian Pacific, from the early '50's to the mid '70's, operated mainly out of Nelson, in southern BC. By 1974, most units had been scrapped.

And who can forget the "C-Liners," owned by both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, chortling along with that unique Opposed Piston motor.

In July 1965, CLC was renamed Fairbanks Morse (Canada) Limited. Look for the red builder’s plate, wherein CLC is replaced with Fairbanks Morse.

The combination of reduced numbers of locomotive orders and stiff competition resulted in the operation being shuttered in 1969.

Related Reader Service Request reads:

+ Reader Service Request
+ Reader Service Request – Part II
+ Reader Service Request – Part III
+ Reader Service Request – Part IV
+ Reader Service Request – Part V
+ Reader Service Request – Part VI
+ Reader Service Request – Part VII

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Chris BIGDoer said...

Thank you Robert for your help in tracking down some of those mystery locomotives seen in the CLC catalogue pages shown here in this article. I have the book "Constructed in Kingston" and thought I knew everything about this builder. Your work proves that theory wrong and there is much left to uncover. Thanks!

Chris “BIGDoer”

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