Northern Alberta Railway

245 views
4 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • 971 posts
Northern Alberta Railway
Posted by Miningman on Saturday, April 15, 2017 12:33 PM

Here's one for SD70M-2Dude: Fresh out of the shop. So fresh in fact the painter was concerned the varnish on the tender was not yet completely dry! Nevertheless, the shop foreman had the engine brought out for the photographer. 

This was the last NAR steam engine to be outshopped. Six months later it was retired on September 30, 1960. 
Note: 2-8-0 74 continued in yard service until October 22, 1960. 73 was the last to be retired six days later. 
Dunvegan, AB. April 7, 1960 Peter Cox

  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • 971 posts
Posted by Miningman on Saturday, April 15, 2017 2:30 PM

Have to admit that Elesco looks huge for the locomotive, but it is a Decapod! Funny how Decapods, a very old early design, lasted so long on several roads until the end, including the Pennsy. 

  • Member since
    August, 2010
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 6,335 posts
Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, April 15, 2017 5:58 PM

Decapods had their following, reason being they could spread a lot of weight and tractive force out over light rail.  Ever hear of the Russian Decapods built here in the US for the Czarist government in Russia during World War One?  The Russians puchased them just for that reason.  So if you were a 'road with light rail and needed something with more pulling power to use on that light rail a Dec wasn't a bad choice.

Of course, the Pennsy Decapods were so big and heavy they'd have crushed everyone elses rail to powder, so why the Pennsy went the Decapod route is kind of a head-scratcher. 

The Russian Decs that didn't make it overseas due to the Bolshevik Revolution were sold at bargain-basement prices to several American 'roads, the Erie, Seaboard, and Frisco spring to mind.  They were well-liked too.

I like Decapods, those ten-coupled drivers are just so cool!

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • 2,954 posts
Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:39 PM

Apparently these decs were copies of Russian decs.

http://cs.trains.com/trc/f/1/t/27740.aspx

 

  • Member since
    March, 2013
  • 425 posts
Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Saturday, April 15, 2017 11:03 PM

Beautiful, simply beautiful Miningman!  A class act right until the very end.

#73 shortly after being restored, and in her current, naked condition (she has been out of service since the late 1970s and her boiler would require a complete re-tubing to be made operational again):

110301: Cromdale AB CRHA-APRA ex Northern Alberta Railways No 73

http://www.albertarailwaymuseum.com/uploads/6/2/6/6/6266307/5421600.jpg?477

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

SUBSCRIBER & MEMBER LOGIN

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

FREE NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Get the Classic Trains twice-monthly newsletter

Search the Community