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"These 'Twenty Four Hundreds' (actually, 2351-2472) were very capable locomotives built with one piece cast bed and multiple throttle. They were as different as day and night compared to earlier G3's 2300- 2350. They were considered the best steam locomotive on the CPR, true dual service freight or passenger engines with 75 inch diameter drivers. They were the only class painted in either freight black and/or passenger tuscan red. They had a sharp "shotgun" exhaust and rapid acceleration with no tendency to slip unlike the Royal Hudsons which could be slippery starting heavy freight tonnage."


Narrative from Trainweb.org/oldtimetrains.


Image circa 1959.


Original digital scanning by DigMyPic in Arizona.  Additional digital editing and enhancement courtesy of Mr. Raymond Farand.
Copyright Notice: This image ©Del Rosamond all rights reserved.



Caption: "These 'Twenty Four Hundreds' (actually, 2351-2472) were very capable locomotives built with one piece cast bed and multiple throttle. They were as different as day and night compared to earlier G3's 2300- 2350. They were considered the best steam locomotive on the CPR, true dual service freight or passenger engines with 75 inch diameter drivers. They were the only class painted in either freight black and/or passenger tuscan red. They had a sharp "shotgun" exhaust and rapid acceleration with no tendency to slip unlike the Royal Hudsons which could be slippery starting heavy freight tonnage."

Narrative from Trainweb.org/oldtimetrains.

Image circa 1959.

Original digital scanning by DigMyPic in Arizona. Additional digital editing and enhancement courtesy of Mr. Raymond Farand.

Photographer:
Del Rosamond [54] (more) (contact)
Date: 1959 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CPR 2398 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: Chalk River (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. A beautiful specimen.

  2. One of my all-time favourite locomotives! Thanks for posting this!

  3. The saddest thing is not one of these great steam locomotives was preserved even though a lot of lesser ones were. In my years of steam railroading (1956-1960) I never once heard anyone complain about one of them. Not an engineer, fireman, shopman, conductor, yard master you name it.

    BTW That caption quote was written by me.

  4. Thank you Stephen and Robin for your remarks. The Rosamond collection was not inexpensive to restore and involved a fair amount of hassle. The Gold Stars and comments are appreciated.

    Thank you Mr. Kennedy. Your website is an excellent resource and I’m very grateful for your hard work! While researching the locomotive I came across your prose and thought it would make an excellent caption. I hope you didn’t mind me using it and trust you saw my source acknowledgment. And you’re absolutely right, Sir – such a shame that one of more of these beauties wasn’t spared from the scrapper’s torch.

  5. I tried to interest Nelson Blunt in a Twenty Four Hundred but he wanted something older looking (I too preferred non-streamlined modern looking power). In the end he selected 2317 from the info I provided to him, so I at least helped save that one!

    I did see your acknowledgement and am glad to share anything on my website with credit.

  6. That’s awesome, Mr. Kennedy, that you were able to assist in the preservation of #2317! In your honour, Sir, the next Rosamond posting will be of CPR #2454.

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