Canadian National Northerns 4-8-4

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Canadian National Northerns 4-8-4
Posted by SPer on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:19 PM

CNR 4-8-4s are the most famous locomotives of all time. The system had a total of 160 4-8-4s built between 1927 and 1944. They are so large and heavy that CNR had to keep them only in Ontario,Quebec and Nova Scotia. and never systemwide locomotives. Six of them are still with us today

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Posted by Ulrich on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:33 PM

And a beautiful locomotive she was.. there's one, number 6167,  on display  here in Guelph.   

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:52 AM

SPer

CNR 4-8-4s are the most famous locomotives of all time. The system had a total of 160 4-8-4s built between 1927 and 1944.

 
I would argue in favor of NYC Hudsons, all 250 of them, or CP Royal Hudsons (CP 2816 is NOT a Royal Hudson).
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Posted by selector on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:05 AM

SPer

CNR 4-8-4s are the most famous locomotives of all time. ...

 

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Posted by SPer on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:46 AM

While the CNR Northerns were used only in Ontario and Quebec because of their size and weight that restricted there,what steam locomotives did CNR used on their Western lines from Winnipeg to Vancouver

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Posted by Ulrich on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:36 PM

I wasn't aware that the Northerns were restricted to Eastern Canada. But CN also rostered a wide variety of other locomotives, most notably Mikados and Pacifics. 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:53 PM

CN's 4-8-4's were relatively light because the engineering standards of CN's various predecessors required it.

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Posted by selector on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:11 PM

SPer

While the CNR Northerns were used only in Ontario and Quebec because of their size and weight that restricted there...

What source are you looking at?  I don't believe their size and weight had anything to do with where they did the most of their running.  My guess would be that it had more to do with their capabilities where the need was greatest, and that would be where the tonnage and speed demanded their use.  

Do you really believe the CN Ry switched to lighter rails at the Manitoba border?

SPer

...what steam locomotives did CNR used on their Western lines from Winnipeg to Vancouver

 

They used 2-8-0's, 2-8-2's, 4-6-2's, 4-8-2's, and 2-10-2's. They probably ran some 4-8-4's when it seemed right to do, but if a Mountain class could do it, why run a 4-8-4?.

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