Moving CPR Steam Locomotive 5934
From The Shaw Millennium Park in downtown Calgary
To Calgary's Heritage Park, a distance of about 18 KM's


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The route followed is shown on this map. CPR 5934 was originally located at Mewata Park in Calgary now known as Shaw Millennium Park. In 1981 it was moved to the 9th Ave. tracks and a diesel engine pulled it from there to 
Heritage Station. It was then placed on sectional track where there were no tracked and then moved to the entrance
of Heritage Park where it still is located. CP 5934 was repained in 1991 when the original number ( 5931) was reinstated. 
The move to Heritage Park began on a chilly but snowless Saturday 1981.02.21 when a pre-lubricated 2-10-4 rolled all too easily across track panels from its Mewata display site across 9th Avenue, at one point dragging a York-Shaw heavy tractor which was trying helplessly to restrain the big locomotive. A chain thrown across the rails halted the engine's progress. Maybe mid afternoon, the westbound Canadian led by VIA FP9A No.1432 whistled up the Selkirk which was by now in the middle of 9th Ave, soon to be connected to the main tracks and hauled down to a temporary resting spot behind The Palliser Hotel.  Sometime between the 24th and 27th, No.5934/31 was towed down to Turner Siding beside the as yet unopened Heritage C-Train station. On Sunday 1981.03.01 the locomotive scaled the steepest gradient of its career as it was towed by two York-Shaw Kenworths on track panels up Heritage Drive to its current perch beside 14th Street, actually crossing 14th with total occupation just as it was getting dark.  To ensure no runaways this time, a 
mobile compressor was mounted on a gang trolley and coupled behind the tender, providing air to the brake system. 
The shuttling of track panels after the locomotive had run over them to a new position ahead was a sight to 
behold in itself!

Mike Westren 

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CPR Locomotive 5934 was displayed on the outskirts of downtown Calgary from 1959 to 1991, next to
Mewata Stadium, whose high floodlights can be seen in the background above the building.

The name Mewata is for the nearby armory, which is still used today as a Militia Drill Hall,  while the stadium
formerly located at the back was razed and turned into the Shaw Millennium Park, a City of Calgary outdoor 
skate park. The Calgary Stampeders football club subsequently relocated to McMahon Stadium in the northwest.

The locomotive was subsequently renumbered 5931 and moved. This view looks east and a bit south.

CPR 5934 was displayed at the entrance of Heritage Park  in Calgary
The movr was carried out over  couple of weekends and traffic wasn't 
held up for very long it was very well organized.
In 1991, the original number (5931) was reinstated.


This operation carried out by York Shaw Building Movers
The following pictures were taken and submitted by Chris Buskshaw, Calagary AB
Sectional track was laid where there was no rail lines
Sectional track was laid where there was no rail lines
Sectional track was laid where there was no rail lines

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