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Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 "Royal Hudson" 2839, in freight service, is seen by the Lambton Yard coaling tower in February of 1960, close to the end of regular Canadian steam service.  Toronto newspapers had a photo of "The last mainline steam train out of Toronto," CP 2-8-2 5411 on December 31st 1959. Indeed this is what I thought was the end. However on February 20th 1960, a friend and I were checking around Mimico when we heard a steam whistle from the north, so we headed up to CPR's Lambton Yard in time to see Royal Hudson 2839 arriving back from a push to Orrs Lake, as seen here. We were told that 2414 had been used earlier that day. Apparently this was common for a few months in 1960. Elsewhere, Port McNicoll saw the final end for CPR on April 30th 1960 with 3722. In Eastern Ontario, apparently G5s were used on occasion Smiths Falls to Kingston up until April. And of course, there were several steam fan trips in 1960.  Rather than being scrapped, Royal Hudson 2839 was held for a museum, but later sold to a group in the US. After restoration, she did some steam excursions on the Southern Railway. Today, cosmetically-restored 2839 can be found on display in Sylmar California, as part of the Nethercutt Collection.
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Caption: Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 "Royal Hudson" 2839, in freight service, is seen by the Lambton Yard coaling tower in February of 1960, close to the end of regular Canadian steam service.

Toronto newspapers had a photo of "The last mainline steam train out of Toronto," CP 2-8-2 5411 on December 31st 1959. Indeed this is what I thought was the end. However on February 20th 1960, a friend and I were checking around Mimico when we heard a steam whistle from the north, so we headed up to CPR's Lambton Yard in time to see Royal Hudson 2839 arriving back from a push to Orrs Lake, as seen here. We were told that 2414 had been used earlier that day. Apparently this was common for a few months in 1960. Elsewhere, Port McNicoll saw the final end for CPR on April 30th 1960 with 3722. In Eastern Ontario, apparently G5s were used on occasion Smiths Falls to Kingston up until April. And of course, there were several steam fan trips in 1960.

Rather than being scrapped, Royal Hudson 2839 was held for a museum, but later sold to a group in the US. After restoration, she did some steam excursions on the Southern Railway. Today, cosmetically-restored 2839 can be found on display in Sylmar California, as part of the Nethercutt Collection.

Photographer:
Bill Thomson [633] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/22/1960 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CPR 2839 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Lambton Yard - CP Galt Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Fascinating… thank you for sharing!

  2. Wonderful piece of history.

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