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CNR K5a Hudson 5704 lays it on as she tackles the hill on the climb out of Bayview for Dundas, heading westbound up the Dundas Sub just after clearing Hamilton West in the background. Her train of five passenger cars is likely one of the many Sarnia or Windsor-bound passenger trains originating from Toronto's Union Station, and shouldn't pose much of a challenge on the grades for 5704. Visible in the background at Hamilton West (the north end of the wye formed with Bayview and Hamilton Junctions) are section houses, the Dundas Sub that curves off to the left to Bayview Junction, the "cowpath" that runs off to the right to Hamilton Junction, and CP's Goderich Sub (present-day Hamilton Sub) on the top of the embankment on the right. No doubt the foliage is a little less grown-in here than present day!Unlike CP who amassed a fleet of Hudsons, CN only purchased five (K5a class units 5700-5704), built by MLW in 1930 and assigned to passenger service in Southern Ontario. At the end of the steam era a few years later, two units (5702 and 5703) were saved from the scrapper's torch and preserved (see Bill Thomson's photos here and here).Original photographer unknown (Al Chione duplicate slide), Dan Dell'Unto collection (with some editing/colour correction).
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Caption: CNR K5a Hudson 5704 lays it on as she tackles the hill on the climb out of Bayview for Dundas, heading westbound up the Dundas Sub just after clearing Hamilton West in the background. Her train of five passenger cars is likely one of the many Sarnia or Windsor-bound passenger trains originating from Toronto's Union Station, and shouldn't pose much of a challenge on the grades for 5704. Visible in the background at Hamilton West (the north end of the wye formed with Bayview and Hamilton Junctions) are section houses, the Dundas Sub that curves off to the left to Bayview Junction, the "cowpath" that runs off to the right to Hamilton Junction, and CP's Goderich Sub (present-day Hamilton Sub) on the top of the embankment on the right. No doubt the foliage is a little less grown-in here than present day!

Unlike CP who amassed a fleet of Hudsons, CN only purchased five (K5a class units 5700-5704), built by MLW in 1930 and assigned to passenger service in Southern Ontario. At the end of the steam era a few years later, two units (5702 and 5703) were saved from the scrapper's torch and preserved (see Bill Thomson's photos here and here).

Original photographer unknown (Al Chione duplicate slide), Dan Dell'Unto collection (with some editing/colour correction).

Photographer:
Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [515] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/30/1955 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 5704 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Hamilton West - CN Dundas Sub (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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10 Comments
  1. How did railways keep the rights of way so clear (grass) for 100 years?

    In the last 50 one could argue climate change is a hoax by comparison.

  2. The green and black paint on a steam loco is classic. What a shame more weren’t held for posterity.

  3. Well, there’s an instant classic!! It doesn’t get better than this!!

  4. Awesome.

    I rate 8/8.

  5. Correct Steve, Highway 403 didn’t exist yet, so no bridges!

  6. This might be the Toronto / London train called the “Forest City”. These locos were regulars on it and the consist looks about the right size.

  7. There’s no 403 bridge which would start at around the third coach no? Very cool.

  8. Neat angle, didn’t recognize it at first!

  9. I saw both preserved 5400′s last summer. But are in outstanding preserved condition. Beautiful paint scheme, too.

  10. Haven’t seen this angle before. Nice! Thanks for this.

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