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P2 Class 2-8-2 Mikado

This class differed greatly in appearance and specifications between sub-classes of 174 locomotives that were built by the CPR, CLC and MLW between 1919 and 1948. Beginning with P2e sub-class 5360 one-piece cast bed and a multiple throttle were major improvements. The most noticeable difference in appearance came with the introduction of semi-streamlined engines as in other classes that distinguished CPR power. P2g 5405 was the first such engine built July 1940 by Montreal Locomotive Works. Carrying 275 lbs. pressure and counter-balanced for 65 mph compared to earlier sub-classes with 200 or 250 lbs and 50 mph. These P2 class 2-8-2's were very capable and used across most of the system in freight and passenger service. CLC and MLW would continue building these engines until MLW turned out 5473 in October of 1948.

Article 1920

 

P2a 5301 (5300-5309) Cyl. 25 1/2" x 32" Drv. 63" Press. 200 lbs. t.e. 56,100 CPR 4/1919
Hand-fired. 8,000 gallon tender. As-built appearance. Bruce Chapman Collection

P2b 5314 one of 15 engines (5310-5324) built by MLW 62859 1/1921
North Bend, BC August 1946 Bud Laws Collection

5315 on the shop track next to coal trestle Kamloops, BC October 11,1941. Bud Laws Collection

5315 about 11 years later now with flat illuminated number board. North Bend, BC July 1952 Bud Laws Collection

5318 getting some attention on the shop track Kamloops with wooden mountain pilot and slanted illuminated number boards.
October 15, 1942 Bud Laws Collection

5323 in a similar pose to 5318 above. Kamloops October 10, 1941 Bud Laws Collection

5324 (last P2b) in the same spot. Kamloops March 12, 1942 Bud Laws Collection

5329 (P2c 5325-5344) brand new! MLW 65005 10/1923 CPR MP&RS

P2c 5343 yet another engine in the same spot Kamloops October 17, 1940 Bud Laws Collection

P2d 5349 (5345-5359 15 engines) St.Luc (Montreal) Bud Laws Collection
Second last roundhouse built (1949) in Canada.

5352 on the shop track Kamloops October 12, 1941 Bud Laws Collection

5357 with livestock in usual headend place to reduce slack action rough ride. Toronto 3/23/1947
L.B.Chapman Collection

5360 Winnipeg August 1947 Bud Laws Collection

P2e 5361 back when it was just another P2. (5360-5379) CLC #1775 9/1926
Chalk River, Ont. 8/1955 Richard Leonard

P2f 5382 (5380-5404) Winnipeg September 1946 Bud Laws Collection

5384 Winnipeg September 1946 Bud Laws Collection

Man walking by looks like he may have just completed a trip on 5385.
Winnipeg August 1946 Bud Laws Collection

5387 with two men posing for their photograph. Date says 11/12/1940. No snow in Winnipeg?
Dick George/Bud Laws Collection

5388 sitting on the shop track. Note the post next to cylinder used to hang driver chains on.
Winnipeg August 1946 Bud Laws Collection

5389 running Extra. Winnipeg September 1946 Bud Laws Collection

5390 in the yard. Winnipeg November 4,1946 Bud Laws Collection

5391 recently painted in typical Western Lines scheme with grey smokebox.
Winnipeg September 1946 Bud Laws Collection

P2f 5394 23" x 32" cy. 63" drv. 250 lbs. 57,100 t.e. 16 tons 10,000 gals. MLW #67639 Oct.1928.
St.Luc (Montreal) July 14,1959 Howard W. Ameling/Bud Laws Collection

5400 with some pretty dirty classification flags! Date unknown. Montreal. Stan Styles/Bruce Chapman Collection
The auto gives a small clue as to date but no way of knowing how old it was.
Note the steam supply pipe along running board. This was for steam powered work equipment such as a
Lidgerwood machine. A number of these P2's had it. Different piping arrangement on some. See: 5361.

P2f 5401 doubleheading with a 2400. Mc.Adam 6/1953 MLW 67646 11/1928
Stan Styles/Bruce Chapman Collection


5405-5473 69 engines built 1940-1948 by CLC and MLW. Cyl. 22" x 32" Drv. 63" Press. 275 lbs. t.e. 58%

These were semi-streamlined modern engines of a greatly different appearance built with one piece cast bed, multiple throttle and counterbalanced for speeds up to 65 miles per hour.

5406 P2g (5405-5416) MLW 69275 7/1940 This was the second semi-streamlined P2.
Megantic, Quebec October 30, 1954 Bud Laws Collection

Brand new just delivered from Montreal Locomotive Works. Outremont, Que. 7/21/1940 James A. Brown Collection

5408 Winnipeg September 1950 Bud Laws Collection

5412 Winnipeg September 1950 Bud Laws Collection

5413 dead with stack covered and rods off (on running boards). Sherbrooke 1955 Bud Laws Collection

Brand new just delivered from Montreal Locomotive Works. Outremont, Que. 8/20/1940 James A. Brown Collection

Eastbound 5415 is taking water at Greenville Jct., Maine. The steam engine in the background would be a BAR loco as they interchanged here. Probably 1958 or so. Caption: Wendell Lemon

5415 Megantic, Quebec October 30,1955 Bud Laws Collection

P2h 5418 (5417-5436 20 engines CLC) North Bay September 3, 1948 Bud Laws Collection

5427 Calgary September 1948 Bud Laws Collection

5428 high in the Rockies at Field, BC September 1950 Bud Laws Collection

5429 displaying signals for a following section, backing to its train in Broadview, SK October 15, 1953

5430 Carberry, Manitoba March 1953 Bud Laws Collection

5434 standing near an empty water tank! In background water level indicator at bottom shows empty. Strange.
No caption but photo processed in Saskatoon. Bud Laws Collection

5436 Calgary September 28,1949 Arthur B. Johnson/Bud Laws Collection

P2j 5440 (5437-5461 25 engines) #71639 June 1944 Montreal Locomotive Works

Only 16 years separate this photograph from the builder's photo of 5440 above it. Only difference is, it's all over with.
Retired 5444 sits with other engines in Calgary waiting scrapping. 8/17/1960 Bud Laws Collection

5447 on the shop track ready to return west. Brownville Junction, Maine August 1956

P2j 5449 (MLW 71647 7/1944) brings a cut of new box cars from Hochelaga yard. Near Angus. 6/24/1959 Bob Krone

P2k 5466 (MLW 76138 9/1948) after a four year gap this subclass was one last order (12 engines 5461-5473).
Western Lines engine equipped with new style Elesco Feed Water Heater
Bordertown Publishing/David Greenaway Collection

5467 brand new in Montreal Srptember 1948. CPR/Steve Morris Collection

5472 second to last P2. Date and location unknown however,
it was a Western Lines engine assigned to Fort William in 1957.


5468 on display at Revelstoke Railway Museum. July 2, 2008 Robert (Rob) Brown
The interior of a steam locomotive cab is as complex looking as an aircraft cockpit to the uninitiated.
Slightly different angle (below) in black and white tends to back date the photo to the steam era.

 

54x2 in an erecting shop receiving major repairs. Number on smoke box appears to be 5442.

 



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