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Railfans all over, trackside, on the platform, and of course - look closely - on the signal mast.  The annual NRHS Buffalo Convention was held in Toronto at the end of August in 1958 featuring a two day set of excursions, one over the CPR and one over the CNR the following day.  Here we see the CPR train led by Pacific 1271 and Royal Hudson 2838 charging uphill belching smoke for all the fans.  Having departed Toronto Union, the train would head south from Guelph Junction to Hamilton returning to Toronto over the CNR's Oakville Subdivision.By this time only four steam locomotives (including the two pictured) were still active out of John Street, 1271 (last G5c Pacific, built by CLC April 1947), Royal Hudson 2838 (H1c, MLW 1937), 1265 (G5c, CLC 1947), and 2399 (G3g, CLC 1942), all of which would be retired and scrapped in the near future.  Thanks to Ray Kennedy for information.Bill Thomson shot here looking west about a year later showing the steam era facilities located at the junction, the unique two track, four locomotive engine house hidden in behind.Edward P. Haines Photo, Jacob Patterson Collection Slide.
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Caption: Railfans all over, trackside, on the platform, and of course - look closely - on the signal mast. The annual NRHS Buffalo Convention was held in Toronto at the end of August in 1958 featuring a two-day set of excursions, one over the CPR and one over the CNR the following day. Here we see the CPR train led by Pacific 1271 and Royal Hudson 2839 charging uphill belching smoke for all the fans. Having departed Toronto Union, the train would head south from Guelph Junction to Hamilton returning to Toronto over the CNR's Oakville Subdivision.

By this time only four steam locomotives (including the two pictured) were still active out of John Street, 1271 (last G5c Pacific, built by CLC April 1947), Royal Hudson 2839 (H1c, MLW 1937), 1265 (G5c, CLC 1947), and 2399 (G3g, CLC 1942), all but one of one of which would be retired and scrapped. The survivor, CPR 2839, is now on display at Sylmar California as part of the Nethercutt Collection. Thanks to Ray Kennedy and George Roth for information.

Bill Thomson shot here looking west about a year later showing the steam era facilities located at the junction, with the unique two track, four locomotive engine house hidden in behind.

Edward P. Haines Photo, Jacob Patterson Collection Slide.

Photographer:
Edward P. Haines Photo, Jacob Patterson Collection [263] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/30/1958 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CPR 1271, CPR 2838 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra 1271 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Galt Sub (search)
City/Town: Guelph Junction (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Steam shots do not get much better. It still amazes me how we were allowed to climb all over everything like a herd of baboons back then. I recall guys standing on top of boxcars or anything else to attain height for the best angles, and best, we all got away with it.

  2. I have a movie taken at Burlington of the 2839 on it’s way back to Toronto.

  3. @Bruce, I have some John Mills footage of this trip shot from just out of frame at right. Plus of the CNR trip the following day: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=46811

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