Lambton Yard Engines - Steam
Class U3d 0-6-0 2212 was built in the CPR Angus shops
in March 1911.
James Simmons/W.H.N.Rossiter Collection
No. 6602, a V5 0-8-0 is shown on the Lambton ashpit, after a night's work on the big lead. Two of these engines, Nos. 6602 and 6603 were seen around Lambton for many years, and 6603 did some time at Mactier. There were ten engines in the class, 6600 - 6609 and they were scattered across Canada from St. John, New Brunswick to Trail, British Columbia.
The CPR V5 were the only steamers on the system that had their numbers usurped by the encroaching diesel. The MLW-Alco DS-6, 660 h.p. switchers edged into the 6600 series in 1957 so the V5s were renumbered into the 6960 series. The only one never to receive a new number was 6603 which was scrapped at Angus in July 1956. They were big brutes as yard engines go, with lots of get up and go. One afternoon in February, 1947, while I was working as a fireman on the wayfreight yard job, we were surprised to see 6602 standing near the yard office awaiting us instead of our regular diesel No. 7027. Our assigned engine was not available for some reason, so the opportunity arrived for me to try my prowess as a fireman on a V5. The vestibule cab (unusual for a yard engine) was quite large and the shovelling plate seemed miles from the firedoor. Charlie Moreau, the engineer, said he had heard they were intended for stokers but these were never applied. It took about half a shift before I got the hang of firing the monster. It seemed that every time Charlie opened the throttle, the needle on the steam gauge took a dive. However, we persevered and finally built a fire to the old girls liking, from then on she steamed like a charm and was easy to keep hot. Alas, this was my one and only experience with the V5 class. Newton Rossiter
The date is August 1,1953 and with its pop valves roaring,
No. 6922 is seen backing off the shop track at Lambton Yard, ready for
a day's work. At the throttle is engineer Bill Walder, watching as his
son, James, preserves on film two C.P.R. veterans. No. 6922 was a V4a
class 0-8-0 type yard engine originally built in April 1907 by the C.P.R.
as No. 1668, a 2-8-0 "Consolidation", later renumbered in 1912
to No. 3468. During 1928 the C.P.R. carried out a rebuilding program,
converting a number of M4 class light 2-8-0's to 0-8-0 yard engines and
No. 6922 was rebuilt from No. 3468 at Angus in July 1928.
In August 1936 as a lad of fourteen, I remember visiting the famous Rexall train then touring the U.S.A. and Canada. This long blue and white drug exhibit train was on display in Toronto at "Fez City", a small yard near the waterfront. This odd name was acquired when a number of Shriner special trains were parked there during the great Shriner convention held in the city in the summer of 1930. With departure time for the Rexall train only minutes away, a C.P.R. 0-8-0 of the 6900 series (I forget the exact number) backed down and coupled onto the open observation car which graced the tail end of the exhibition train. Its purpose was to give the long heavy train a boost up the slight incline to the main line in Bathurst Street Yards. Among several people sitting on the observation platform was Louis K. Liggett, President of the giant drug firm, who seemed to be interested in the 0-8-0's efforts to help the NYC oil burning 4-8-2 back up the train. On reaching the main line, the 6900 locomotive cut off and the streamlined NYC No. 2873 proceeded east towards Montreal. Newton Rossiter.
NOTE: It is quite possible the 6922 was assigned to the North Toronto job at the time since it is shown here backing off the shop track headed east. Most Lambton yard engines were headed west.
5750 on the Parkdale Transfer handling its van (the only
switching transfers were required
U3d 6240 June 18, 1939 Harry Wales/Bud Laws Collection
U3 6242 with a V3c class 6600 peaking out from behind. May 19, 1940 Bud Laws Collection
M4d class 3421 Schenectady #30273 10/1904 June 4, 1939 Bud Laws Collection
One of a number of M4 class 2-8-0's assigned to Lambton
for yard service there and at out-of-town points, Mac Tier, Port Mc.Nicoll
and Trenton. In the late 1950's Trenton had two yard engines, long-time
3422 [M4d class Schenectady #30274 October 1904] working Port Mc.Nicoll-Midland
M4e 3441 CPR Angus 1457 5/1906 circa 1939 Al Paterson/ Bud Laws Collection
M4h 3462 in yard service. August 1949 See below for later photographs.
3462 sitting on shop track December 26, 1958 Al Paterson
3462 [M4h CPR #1511 April 1907] long-time Mac Tier yard
engine in the Bone yard at
M4g 3491 with sloped tender off an 0-8-0. MLW 43094
3504 facing west on shop track with 3507 behind. Bud Laws Collection
3507 on Lambton shop track. December 5, 1957 W.G.Carruthers/D.M.More collection
3507 one-time Trenton yard engine in the Bone Yard at Lambton.
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