Steam Saturday: Some Memories of CP 1293

Many remember Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293 as one of four Pacific-type locomotives that operated ay Steamtown USA in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

 For the 1976 U.S. bicentennial, No. 1293 operated on the Vermont’’ Bicentennial Steam Exhibition. The 1980 horror movie Terror Train, starred Jamie Lee Curtis and CP No. 1293, which had been renumbered as 1881.

After Steamtown’s relocation to Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1983, the 1293 in not operated.

The top photo shows the 1293 at Steamtown in Scranton during our visit there in 1995.

Little did we know that it would be purchased by Jerry Jacobson the following year and be relocated to the Ohio Central.

After a 13-month restoration, the 1293 debuted on a September 1997 weekend photo special, shown in the top photo below.

Three weeks later it ran on a trip with Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 13 for the Akron Railroad Club on Oct. 11, 1997.

The next two photographs show the 1293 during photo runbys at Barrs Mills.

The last photo shows the steamer doing a runby north of Dundee.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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