C N R / GTW  Steam Locomotives



 

I like most Canadians over 50 have a fascination with
railways and steam engines in particular. 
I decided to put together this page showing some of the 
CNR steam locomotives that serviced this country of ours.

 
 

 
CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
The People's Railway

The CNR started it's life in January 1923. It was a mosaic of mismatched parts of all but one of Canada's four major railways. 
It was comprised of the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR),  Intercolonial Railway (ICR) 
and the Canadian Northern (CNoR).
The locomotives shown on this page were in some cases inherited from the previous railways and in other's bought by the CNR. The CNR was in need of a lot of new equipment after the merger to enable it to compete with the one remaining private railway, 
the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
The rivalry between these two railways continues to this day.
The CNR had the disadvantage of being government controlled and had to support many unprofitable line because of political interference.
This cost a great deal of money which a certain portion was written off by the government each year but the CNR usually showed an annual loss because of it.
Those losses plus a staggering debt load that was inherited from the merger left the CNR in the position of having to ask the government for hand outs each year.

These steam locomotives were operated until the process to replace them with diesel electric engines began in 1950. This was brought on by a serious coal strike in the US that caught CNR with very low reserves of coal and cause the temporary shutdown of some services.
This gave the government the incentive to provide the necessary funding for the conversation.
The process started on the east and west coasts of the country, working towards central Canada.
The first passenger train to be converted was the Ocean Limited, which ran between Montreal and Halifax in 1954. The process was completed by the mid 1950's.

There was a fair amount of opposition from within the CNR to this change but it was necessary because of the lower operating costs of the diesel electric engines.
They didn't necessarily run any faster but could go much further distances between refueling and required service.
 


 

 
This series of  pictures was given to me by John Cross of Pictou County Nova Scotia Canada.
He had purchased a collection of CNR/GTR steam locomotives pictures at a Donny Pidgeon auction.
John was kind enough to gives a copy of each for this web page.
Some of the pictures show the steam engines that traveled the 
Maritime Provinces of Canada in the days of steam.
I hope that you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed putting this page together.

If anyone can supply additional information on the
locomotives shown on this page I would appreciate it.

I want to thank Eldon Snyder of Moncton New Brunswick with the renaming some of these pictures.

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John MacDonald 
johnmacdoanld@summerville-novascotia.com

This page was last updated on Oct 28, 2013

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Pictou Branch 1947
CNR 1904
CNR 1927
   
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CNR 1932
CNR 1944
   
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CNR 2180
 
   
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CNR 2342
CNR 2374
   
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CNR 2382
CNR 2400
   
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CNR 2432
CNR 2449
   
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CNR 2496
CNR 2530
   
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CNR 2547
CNR 2558
   
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CNR 2579
CNR 2595
   
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CNR 2627
CNR 2700
   
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CNR 2685
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CNR 2729
CNR 2757
   
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CNR 3198
CNR 3259
   
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CNR 3300
CNR 3307
   
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CNR 3322
CNR 3334
   
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CNR 3341
CNR 3364
   
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CNR 3365
CNR 3420
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CNR 3453
CNR 3471
   
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GTR 3523
GTR 3523
   
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CNR 3531
CNR 3574
   
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CNR 3593
CNR 3594
   
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CNR 3598
 
   
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GTR 3706
CNR 3800
   
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GTR 4007
CNR 4200
   
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CNR 4309
CNR 4313
   
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CNR 5130
CNR 5155
   
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CNR 5275
CNR 5501
   
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CNR 5505
CNR 5549
   
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CNR 6003
CNR 6006
   
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CNR 6008
CNR 6012
   
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CNR 6017
CNR 6034
   
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CNR 6053
CNR 6101
   
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CNR 6111
CNR 6117
   
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CNR 6118
CNR 6127
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CNR 6160
CNR 6163
   
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CNR 6167
CNR 6181
   
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CNR 6183
CNR 6184
   
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CNR 6203
CNR 6212
   
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CNR 6221
CNR 6261
   
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CNR 6400
CNR 7215
   
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CNR 7225
CNR 7226
   
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CNR 7244
CNR 7245
   
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CNR 7253
CNR 7326
   
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CNR 7332
CNR 7370
   
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CNR 7374
CNR 7380
   
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CNR 7392
CNR 7395
   
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CNR 7414
CNR 7417
   
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CNR 7420
CNR 7422
   
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CNR 7422
CNR 7437
   
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CNR 7437
CNR 7451
   
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GTR 7494
GTR 7494
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CNR 7505
CNR 7506
   
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GTR 7512
GTR 7516
   
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GTR 7519
GTR 7522
   
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GTR 7525
CNR 8297
   
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GTR 8325
CNR 8326
   
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CNR 8349
CNR 8390
   
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CNR 8414
CNR 8415
   
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GTR 8417
GTR 8420
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CNR Wreck Unknown
CNR, Hopewell wreck
   
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CNR 3223 Wreck
CNR 3229 Wreck
1951 was the beginning of the end
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CNR 9410
 
   
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CNR 9410
 
   
These reports were also included in
the purchase that John made
   
   
   
   
 
   

 
 
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