The foreground is great but check out that background!

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The foreground is great but check out that background!
Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 8:47 PM

The Canadian, newly inaugurated, in it's first week of operation, is the undisputed "Star"of this photo, ....but....check out that background and all the steam at the competitions roundhouse. On the far left is a spotless streamlined 6400 series Northern. I see only one Diesel at the roundhouse, maybe?, that being a switcher. 

63 years ago!

A 6400 Northern is saved, maybe another representative of something steaming at the roundhouse, F7's yep got 'em, many if not most of the Budd built cars on the Canadian are still rolling. 

No.11 engine 1428_1427 just out of Union Station passing CNR Spadina roundhouse westbound on Galt Sub. 
Consist: baggage-dormitory, two U class tourist sleepers, Skyline, coach, dining car, four sleepers, and Park car. 
First week of schedule. 4/28/1955 Robert J. Sandusky

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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 7:43 PM

The tourist sleepers are older heavyweights which have been refurbished and clad in stainless steel to match the rest of the train.

Everything is just beautiful, and I'll bet it's on time too!

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:52 PM

Enlargening to as much as I reasonably can I am withdrawing the Diesel...no stinkin' Diesel. The white paint outlined handrails on either side of the front/smokebox/stack on one of the locomotives, almost facing the camera head on, is almost certainly a 6200 series 4-8-4. 

What is needed here is a CNR forensic ferroequinologist. Any in the house?

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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:52 PM

Close, but I will go a different direction.  The photo is blurry but there is no Elesco feedwater heater mounted atop the smokebox, like on the engine 3rd from left, and this is a hallmark of CN Northerns.  There is also a pale patch on either side of the headlight, which are the right size for numberboards.  And while it's too small to be the Elesco, there is something mounted on top of the smokebox, could it be a bell...

http://s3.amazonaws.com/rrpa_photos/21231/CN_6060_TV760703S1646u.jpg

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, January 04, 2018 12:38 AM

I think you are right! Good eye. I stand corrected.Well done. 

Could be a 2-10-2 or 2-10-4 next to the 6400.

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Posted by wanswheel on Thursday, January 04, 2018 1:54 PM

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