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CPR P2 5413 outside Bayshore roundhouse

September 01, 2023

Here is another picture which was strongly considered for our 2024 Canadian Branchline wall calendar .

We’re outside the Canadian Pacific’s Bay Shore roundhouse in West Saint John, New Brunswick. With the sun high in the sky, Mikado 5413 awaits her engineer and fireman for a westbound extra. It’s a late August afternoon in 1959. A comprehensive account of this locomotive heading that manifest, and other comings-and-goings, is contained in Speed Graphics and Steam 1959!

Engine 5413 is a P2g class Mikado, delivered by the Montreal Locomotive Works in August 1940. She worked the Schreiber Division in northern Ontario until diesels arrived earlier this decade. Stored at Sherbrooke in 1955, she was passed on to Farnham in 1956, and is now operating at McAdam (the division point to the west of Saint John) for one last summer. This locomotive is aptly suited for the fast freight trains over the mainline between here and McAdam:

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