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A closer view of CP P1b-class Mikado 5118 at Galt in October 1959. It's seen trailing SW1200RS 8146 that had assisted it on a westbound freight (seen here).
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Caption: A closer view of CP P1b-class Mikado 5118 at Galt in October 1959. It's seen trailing SW1200RS 8146 that had assisted it on a westbound freight (seen here). Note the overhead catenary in the background for the GRR's electric operations.

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Bill Thomson [601] (more) (contact)
Date: October 1959 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CPR 5118 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Galt station - CP Galt Sub (search)
City/Town: Galt (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Those P1′s (5100′s) were well-worn power. London had about a dozen of them and a smaller number of newer more powerful P2″s. London got the dregs of Ontario District motive power.

    One story I recall well was when a somewhat crusty-looking hogger was confronted by an over officious conductor when they went into clear for a meet eastbound to Lambton.

    It was short of where the meet had been decided upon by said conductor. However, the old girl wasn’t performing well and to avoid trouble Steve McDermet went in the hole for the meet.

    The engineer watched as the conductor (dressed in a partial uniform) hurriedly made his way up from the tailend, climbed into the cab and without asking why, began going up one side down the other telling the hogger that he was in charge and the meet was to be at XXX not here. Steve listened quietly and when he stopped ranting responded to conductor McCarthy “That’s right, you are in charge of the train from your little caboose, all the box cars, gons, etc. right up the drawbar on the back of MY tender and YOUR train goes where MY engine goes. If you want to stick a drawbar up your *** and pull YOUR train, go right ahead”. End of discussion. The conductor departed without another word!

  2. Great lines on this locomotive, and that Elesco feedwater heater just screams “Canadian”!

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