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September 2, 2011

This was a treat. As we were returning to Canmore, Alberta we caught the Old #2816 on it’s trip to Canmore steaming along the tracks. Talk about picturesque. A quick brake and a camera out the window grabbed this result. Sure is reminiscent of the days past when this was the only transport.

Rebel XSI Canon Lens 100mm – 400 mmm
West of Canmore & Banff Alberta Canada.


Canadian Pacific 2816
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Canadian Pacific 2816

Power type Steam
Builder Montreal Locomotive Works
Serial number 68535
Build date December 1930
Configuration 4-6-4
Gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 75 in (1.9 m)
Length 91 ft 1 in (27.76 m)
Weight on drivers 194,000 lb (88 t)
Locomotive weight 360,000 lb (160 t)
Locomotive and tender combined weight 658,000 lb (298 t)
Fuel type Coal (Converted to burn oil during restoration)
Fuel capacity 17 short tons (15 t)
Water capacity 12,000 imp gal (55,000 l; 14,000 US gal)
Boiler pressure 275 psi (1.90 MPa)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 22 × 30 in (559 × 762 mm)
Power output 4,700 hp (3,500 kW)
Tractive effort 45,300 lbf (202 kN)
Career Canadian Pacific Railway
Class H1b
Number 2816
Official name Empress
Last run May 26, 1960
Restored 2001
Disposition Excursion service

Canadian Pacific 2816, named the Empress, is a 4-6-4 H1b Hudson used by the Canadian Pacific Railway in occasional excursion service. The 2816 is the only non-streamlined H1 Hudson remaining (the other four remaining are the semi-streamlined Royal Hudsons)

First career

*Locomotive 2816 was one of ten H1b-class (the “H” meant the 4-6-4 wheel configuration, the “1” was the design number and the “b” meant it was the second production run) 4-6-4 Hudson built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in 1930. It was first assigned to the line between Winnipeg and Fort William, Ontario. Later, it was transferred to service between Windsor, Ontario and Quebec City, and finally it ran a commuter train between Montreal and Rigaud, Quebec. It made its last run on May 26, 1960.1 2 In 1963, the locomotive was sold to Monadnock, Steamtown & Northern Amusements Corp., Inc which evolved into the newly formed Steamtown in 1964.
CP 2816 On static display at Steamtown, Bellowsfalls. VT, C. 1974
[edit] Restoration and second career

When Steamtown USA moved from Bellows Falls, VT to Scranton, PA in the 1980s, engine 2816 made the trip with other engines. When the National Park Service took over from the Steamtown Foundation, 2816 also passed to the NPS, now Steamtown National Historic Site. In 1998. Canadian Pacific purchased the locomotive after hearing of its availability from the crews who were running the royal hudson 2860, who were looking for parts for 2860 and were offered the entire locomotive. It was moved in train from Scranton to Montreal via Binghamton and Albany, NY before being shipped cross country to the BC Rail steam shops in Vancouver for restoration. The locomotive was completely stripped down and rebuilt. The locomotive was converted to burn oil and equipped with modern utilities such as a radio and a diesel control unit. The restoration took over two years and cost over $2,000,000, making it one of the most costly locomotive restorations in Canada. In September 2001 the locomotive made its first trial run from the BC Rail steam steam shops to its new home of Calgary. It then rejoined the Canadian Pacific fleet as a special excursion locomotive and for public relations. Since the restoration, 2816 has travelled all across Canada and the United States. The 2816 is one of the most well known locomotives in North America, along with Milwaukee Road 261, Southern Pacific 4449 and Royal Hudson 2860. The 2816 can also be noted for being one of the most expensive single engine steam programs in existence, with a total cost of $20,000,000 since 1998*

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Oh Leslie, this is just great!!! Excellent!!!
    Please consider putting this into the Cee’s Fun Vintage Transportation group.
    All Transportation Prior to 1950 – Land – Sea – Air

  • Thank your for the wonderful comment Cee. An d I will enter ii into the Group Thanks. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What a beauty, Leslie! A wonderful capture of this marvellous piece of machinery. We have one close by up in Wakefield, Quebec, but it’s out of commission at the moment.

  • We regretted that it disappeared behind the trees so quickly Mike. Especially when the first view was so focused on getting the camera out the window to capture it LOL Thank you for the link as well. Have a great long weekend my friend. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends group (clickable banner)

    Please check out our Challenges

  • Wow and Thank you so very Much. This really makes my Day! Thank You Cee. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, Leslie! Great spur of the moment find!! :o)

  • Many thanks Deb! You would have chuckled in the worst way at the texas scramble for cameras and the right lens in order to not miss the train LOL!! >:)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Great shot,….I love riding on those old trains,…
    Sure did cost alot to restore it

  • Thanks so much John. Yes I wouldn’t mind having some of that cash to spend :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Leslie. It’s a great shot.

  • Thanks tons Al. So appreciated. !! :>)) Les;ie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Phil Woodman
    Phil Woodmanover 3 years ago

    Have been to Canmore a couple of times, a long way. Nice shot.

  • Thanks for stopping in Phil and the great comment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    Love Canmore, wow, this is fantastic Leslie, great photography and capture !!!!

  • elfie you would have loved to have seen this Old Steam engine as well. Thank you so very much. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 3 years ago

    Congrats on the feature of this excellent capture… Love the smoke…..

  • Hi Carol, thanks you so very much and yes isn’t the smoke something else. We saw that first as we were driving and scooted like crazy to fins a spot to catch the picture LOL :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 3 years ago

    A WOOOOO HOOOOOO to this WOO WOOOOO Leslie. A superific capture of CP’s Empress*. You are so fortunate to have caught this gem in action. This definitely merits a fave and a half…and congratulations on the deserving feature. Hugs, ♥Ron♥

  • Ron just love your comment and sure wish you could have been with us ……. Thank you so much and Also for the fave both are most appreciated !! Hugs:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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