CPR Triple Header leaving Union Station

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CPR Triple Header leaving Union Station
Posted by Miningman on Monday, May 21, 2018 12:05 AM

Geez it was 58 years ago this month. My my, time is relentless in it's march. 

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Just after the scheduled 10:45 a.m. departure time, the Special is leaving Union Station with the Royal York Hotel in the background. Photo by Jim Walder, John Riddell Collection

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John Street Tower controls all movements through the "Plant" of the Toronto Terminal Railway. Note the red dwarf or pot signals. Photo by Jim Walder, John Riddell Collection

 (This trip was to be 815's last fling as her boiler was condemned on her return). 2nd engine in a  D-10 4-6-0. It was scrapped shortly after. 136 a 4-4-0 and 1057 another D-10 are still with us. 

train1.jpg - 22259 Bytes Trains magazine, on the eve of their final layout deadline, discovered in the mail two bulky packages of photos of the the Tripleheader and promptly dedicated their entire photo section to commemorate this historic event.

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Posted by M636C on Monday, May 21, 2018 6:56 AM

There is an official Canadian Government film (in black and white) of this trip, which includes an interview with Omer Lavallee and other passengers. It gives a pretty good idea of the trip.


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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:44 PM

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:32 AM

Very nice Dude...thanks. 

I thought the pictures of the Triple Header just getting under way from Union Station were unique and gave a different perspective on things. The old get up and go, those 3 had to be working pretty good to 14 heavyweights and 1,100 on board through the maze at John St. And out onto the mainline. CPR of course had them all shine and polish, even fresh paint of white outlining the tyres, new cab curtains, the works. 

Such a shame the 815, built 1908, was on her last hurrah. As previously mentioned her boiler was condemned upon the trips completion and she was very soon scrapped once her fire went out. Would have been 110 years old this year had she been saved. For many many years 815 was the yard engine in Peterborough and many came down from there to see her last performance. 

136, even older, and 1057 still active at the South Simcoe Railway. 

Man, I really miss steam in regular service, it was so exciting, powerful, alive and even comforting. Good good memories. 


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