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904 engine 8793 passing BM_1271 yard engine. White River Jct. Vermont
For decades this was the hottest freight train between
Chicago-Toronto-Montreal-Newport-White River.

8921 with the Transfer westbound at Mile 205.18 of the Belleville Sub. just east of Leaside.
Friday, June 18, 1971 David M. More


The Dominion and No.6

See also Riding The Dominion with steam 1951

Expo Limited

The Canadian

No. 41 Atlantic Limited

Two views just west of Delson.

No. 41 eng. 8571_8480 with 2 express container flats, 2 baggage & express cars, coach, Skyline, coming .......

... and going! Three Business Cars on the rear! March 1, 1959 Phil Mason


Here we see 4051 doubleheading with 2856 a Toronto engine. This interesting photograph has no caption or date.
Doubleheading a passenger train was not common especially on Eastern Lines. Nor was mixing steam and diesel common.

CLC-FM H16-44 8721 (8723-44xx) running Extra, with engineer waving. Kamloops, BC April 1967 Ron Visockis

8475 with a suburban train on a cold afternoon at Westmount. February 23, 1965

4062-4446 led this special train that was operated over the Victoria Day weekend May 24, 1952. It was run for the benefit of Nicholas Morant, CPR Special photographer. It was stopped and photographed at several locations west of Calgary in order to provide up-to-date photographs for public time tables and brochures. These would replace old steam locomotive hauled trains depicted currently. A 12 car set of matching equipment consisting of lightweight cars with older heavyweight cars on the rear less noticeable. N.R.Crump was Vice President at the time and he approved the special train being run without passengers. The two men in the canoe are not fishing. They are in fact the train's conductor and trainman posing for the photographer with a canoe out of the baggage car! Gap Lake, Alberta with Wind Range of mountains in the background.
This shows the extent the CPR went to in order to keep up its image in the public eye. Truly, a bygone era!

8900 a brand new Train Master with dynomometer car 62 testing its performance with Number 42 from Montreal.
Saint John, NB July 1955. FM 24 L 861 CLC 2900 6/1955 Delivered 7/13.
J.A.Michaud/Ron Visockis Collection
Note: Michaud worked on car 62.

Note: The test was to see if a single diesel unit of this size could handle the train replacing a K1 class 4-8-4 (Montreal-Megantic) or a G3 4-6-2 steam locomotive beyond. The test results showed a single unit was not capable of handling this heavy a train under all conditions. If running late it would not be able to recover time. The result was two units were assigned, these were MLW FPA2 and FPB2 A and B units.

7011 with employee train running between Montreal West and Sortin yard. c.late 1940's Ron Ritchie

Two brand new (built 5/1957) MLW RS-18's 8743 and 8742 power the "hot" Pig train leaving Montreal for John Street.
Montreal 1957 CPR/Steve Morris Collection

Operator L.B.Chapman hooping up orders to No. 90 engine 8784 at Stittville,ON Thursday, July 1, 1965 Bill Linley

FA-2 4043 (MLW 77713 7/1951) leads a set of A-B-B-A covered wagons through downtown Calgary station in 1951.
Canadian Pacific Railway/Steve Morris Collection

FA-1's 4003-4004 looking brand new in this undated photograph at Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Alco 76855-76856 6/1949
L.B.Chapman Collection

HS-11 with ancient wooden box car. Portage La Prairie L.B.Chapman Collection


Number 42 Atlantic Limited engine 4073 with two container cars behind the baggage car has arrived at Union Station.
Late 1960's Saint John, New Brunswick Byron Thomas.

This was the old CNR Union Station opened March 8, 1933 to replace the old 1884 ICR Union Station first used by CPR June 3, 1889. Mileage 87.0 CNR Sussex Subdivision. CPR reached this station using trackage rights of 0.17 miles from their Saint John Sub. (Mc.Adam Sub.) until 1970 when they moved to their own station within a new office building three miles to the west. CPR used that station from October 25, 1970 until October 28, 1979. CNR used this station until June 6, 1973 after which it was demolished and trains used a modern new CN station two miles to the east until October 1979 when VIA opened a new station near the old Union Station. Canada Science and Technology Museum/CN Collection

4074 Number 41 formerly The Atlantic Limited (two views) arriving at Windsor Station. Spring 1971
CPR/Steve Morris Collection
Note the container flat converted from a passenger car.

CPR was an intermodal pioneer.

MLW FA2 4085 with The Allouette eastbound near Vaudreuil, QC
Both this train and The Rideau between Ottawa and Montreal provided
Scenic Dome and checked baggage service but, both were gone by July 31, 1970
Spring 1970 Phil Mason

7107-7100 MLW (7-6/1949) S-4 in m.u. running as Extra 7107 West past Coquitlam station at
mileage 112.5 Cascade Subdivision. Sunday, May 8, 1960. Keith Anderson

Extra 4087 West with matching B unit, both brand new hauling the first diesel powered train to pass through Waldeck, SK
on the double track Swift Current Subdivision. FA-2 1600 hp MLW #79154 9/1953 Ron Bearman


CP Rail

Multimark display train.

Leased power


5821 leads two more SD40-2's AND an M-630! August 1976
Eastbound from Revelstoke, west of Glacier station, heading up Rogers Pass.

5865_5710_5709_5851 running beside the Thompson River. Lytton, BC 7/18/1986

No. 2 engine 1407_1418 due 11.35 A.M. arrived at 12.55 P.M.
North Bay July 3, 1977 Keith Hansen

Authorization Form allowing Number 2 engine 1407 to pass stop signal at mile 10.0
Beaucage mile 10.5 Cartier Sub. First station west of North Bay.


AM Road" 4070 and 4067 with the Silver Streak during filming of 1976 comedy-thriller movie by the same name.
It involved a train trip across America from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Fictional AM Road was created when Amtrak refused use of its name.
Calgary L.B.Chapman Collection

Note: Filming was done at various locations including in Alberta as well as at Toronto Yard,
along the Havelock Subdivision and at Union Station where the runaway wreck scene took place.
All-in-all this was an enjoyable movie, not too far fetched. Richard Pryor provided much of the comedy.

This was the only time CP's Budd built stainless steel equipment was used for a movie.



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