Canadian Pacific Railway
N2 Class 2-8-0
These engines were rebuilt from earlier N3 class 2-8-0's.
Many were later rebuilt again into P2 class 2-8-2's.
3850 was the first N3a CPR Angus 4/1909
N2a 3600-3690 . . . open cab Tender 5,000 gals. 12 tons
These N2 locomotives were said to be "under boilered" in that the two "engines" could consume steam faster than the fireman could make it! At least on hand-fired coal burners working the main line with heavy tonnage. Note: Each set of cylinders, motion, rods etc. comprise a separate "engine" that could in fact operate independently in an emergency such as a rod failure allowing the locomotive to keep working albeit at only half power. Note: The N2b's were referred to as Mudhens in Toronto.
First N3a 1850 CPR 4/1909 Re3 5/1913 3850 Rebuilt 5/1925 3650
Rebuilt with new frame, cylinders and motion.
N-2 3602, an oil burner with an extra tender for use
on a spur or branch line on the prairies
Oil-fired 3604 in yard service Coquitlam 1953 L.B.Chapman collection
N2a class 3610 in yard service. Built as N3a 3810 MLW
50237 8/1911 Rebuilt 3/1925 to 3610
N2a class 3616 one of twenty engines (3600-3619) built
as N3a 3816 by MLW. #50243 9/1911
Later view in Vancouver now with combination pilot. June 14, 1955 Bud Laws Collection
3624 switching a business car on tailend of No.42 The
Atlantic at west end of Saint John Union station.
N2a 3624 one of twenty engines (3620-3639) built by CLC
Built as 3824. CLC #989 8/1911
3624 Lambton circa 1934 Al Paterson/Bud Laws Collection
Note: 1952 assigned Brownville Junction, Maine.
3632 coaling up. Appears to be Port
Mc.Nicoll where it was assigned 1958, 1959 until end of steam
April 30, 1960.
N2a 3642 one of ten engines (3640-3649) long-time regular
yard engine at The Glen coach yard. MLW 48700 3/1911
N2a 3650 one-only built by CPR 4/1909
3650 two more views (above and below) of unusual extra
N2a 3651 first of 40 engines (3651-3690) built by MLW
48339 7/1910. Unknown location. Bud Laws Collection
N2a 3657 in Toronto. Bud Laws Collection
3659 with safety valves popping at the coal chutes it
does not need. Oil fired.
3661 with wood pilot. Armstrong September 19, 1942 Bud Laws Collection
3663 note the stack deflector used in tunnels. Penticton April 1938 Bud Laws Collection
3665 oil-fired with wood pilot and stack exhaust deflector. Salmon Arm April 2, 1941 Bud Laws Collection
3665 with Kamloops to Revelstoke Way Freight at Salmon Arm April 2, 1941 Bud Laws Collection
3677 is departing from Alyth yard westbound and shows
the "west end switchtender" jogging ahead to line switches.
3678 running passenger extra in Armstrong, BC 11/22/1940 Bud Laws Collection
N2a class 2-8-0 3688 built by MLW 10/1911 as N3a class
3888 rebuilt Angus 5/1927
N2b 3691-3740 All built by MLW
N2b 3692 sub class with vestibule cab. In yard service
MLW 51539 10/1912
3692 with rear pilot! This would permit speed over 25
mph over unprotected crossings.
Big question is: What was this engine assigned to?
3695 in yard service. Calgary June 26. 1956 Al
Paterson/Bud Laws Collection
3696 in an interesting little scene. Note cinder cars at left. Fredericton, NB Bud Laws Collection
3700 dead with stack covered and rod on running board.
Foot boards and tender style indicate yard service.
3704 with small tender. Switching at Oshawa July 17, 1940. Bud Laws Collection
3706 oil-fired with big tender. MLW 51553 10/1912 Vancouver
October 13, 1951
3712 oil-fired with big tender. Typical Western Lines grey smokebox. Winnipeg May 1949 Bud Laws Collection
3714 with slanted illuminated number boards. Lambton 1946 Bud Laws Collection
3716 oil-fired. Dead engine. Main rod on running board.
Stack covered. Bud Laws Collection
N2b 3718 fresh out of Angus. Note how official photograph
has background whited out a common practice.
Oil-fired 3742 sits with engineer standing in cab doorway
looking back with a "What's going on?"
N2C 3751 Canada Foundry 993 11/1913 Ottawa West August 1955 Dr. Richard Leonard
There was only one N2 class engine assigned to Ottawa West and it was assigned to the Buckingham Swing a daily except Sunday local assignment. Normally the term swing refers to a relief job working the days off of various assignments often on different shifts thus the term swing shift. Usually, such an assignment would be called Buckingham Turn, short for turn around. Retired 8/1957 it was replaced by 3701 transferred from Lambton where 3700's were known as "mudhens". Last day for steam on the Buckingham Swing was April 19th.1958 after which 3701 worked a few odd yard jobs etc. then was stored out of service serviceable (OSS) until transferred to the New Brunswick District dead behind 1264 on train No.74 December 22, 1958 L.B.Chapman
3752 dead. It is all over. 3750 and 3752 were the last
two steam engines to work in Saint John February 4, 1960.
3754 Banff 8/03/1947 W.C.Whittaker/Joseph Testagrose Collection
N2c 3759 CF #1001 3/1914 One of only 10 (3951-3960) built
by Canada Foundry in Toronto. Rebuilt Angus 11/1928.
Again, this engine is equipped for yard service with fire
hose (red box) and combination pilot. It is likely in transfer service.
Note: N3b and c sub-class engines 3891-3960 were built with an all-weather enclosed cab a.k.a. vestibule cab. A few oil-fired 3600's got the new cabs but, most remained open cab until the end.
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