Posts Tagged ‘CP Royal Hudson 2860’

Steam Saturday: A Hudson on the ex-New York Central

February 6, 2021

During Steamtown’s Grand Opening celebration in July 1995 I photographed Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 No. 2816, which had been part of the Steamtown collection since the 1960s.

Years earlier I had seen CP Royal Hudson’s 2839 and 2860. I always regretted never having a chance to see the famous New York Central Hudsons.

If I did see any I would have been 1 or 2 years old, and obviously would not remember.

However, in September 1998, the Canadian Pacific purchased the 2816 from Steamtown in order to restore it to operation by a team headed by Doyle McCormack.

In May 2004 the restored 2816 pulled the railroad’s Trans Canadian Steam Express across Canada from Vancouver to Montreal.

On its return west on June 13, 2004, the train crossed into the United States at Buffalo, New York, for a routing on CSX to Chicago.

This meant that from Buffalo to Greenwich this was the former New York Central home to its famous Hudsons.

In the top photo above and the first one below, No. 2816 is on stactic dislay at Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1995.

The third photo was made as the train cruised westbound at Westfield, New York

The next three images were made during  a service stop at Conneaut.

Word was the service stop was initially scheduled for Ashtabula, but Doyle McCormack, a Conneaut native, was running the locomotive and must have made some suggestion to change the service stop to Conneaut which happened to be his boyhood hometown.

Next up the train is at Schaaf Road in Cleveland on the former Big Four following by an image made in Grafton.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

1996 Vancouver Memories

October 29, 2020
Royal Hudson 2960 returning to North Vancouver as seen across Burrard Inlet from Stanley Park.

In the spring of 1986 I visited Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend Expo 86. I met up with Bill Surdyk there and he introduced me to several attractions.

In addition to the Expo, we explored the SkyTrain automated transit system that had opened in December 1985.

Bill also showed me the steam-powered clock in the Gastown section of Vancouver.

In July of 1996 I returned to Vancouver with Ursula and we expanded on what I had seen 10 years earlier.

Here are a few of the highlights. We rode and photographed the Royal Hudson steam excursion and did the same with the SkyTrain.

We also saw the West Coast Express commuter trains, which had begun running in November 1995.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

The fabled steam clock in the Gastown neighborhood
Vancouver’s Sky Train
West Coast Express with Sky Train in the background.
The Royal Hudson (former Canadian Pacific 2960 at Squamish, British Columbia.
On board the train pulled by the Royal Hudson returning to North Vancouver.

At Britannia Beach, British Columbia

Ed’s Favorite Steam Memories of 1986

May 29, 2020

The roundhouse on the grounds of Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

My 1986 favorite adventures were an Amtrak trip to the Expo 86 World’s Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with outings to photograph Norfolk & Western 611 and Louisville & Nashville 152.

In May my Amtrak trip to Vancouver included my only trip on the Pioneer from Salt Lake City to Seattle.

In Vancouver I met up with the late Bill Surdyk to attended Expo 86.

A highlight of the event was the grand steam parade on May 26. The huge crowd witnessed a parade of 17 operating steam locomotives.

As for N&W 611, it operated between Bellevue and Buffalo in August 1986.

During October L&N 152 ran excursions on the former Louisville & Nashville in Kentucky and Virginia.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

BC Rail (Canadian Pacific) Royal Hudson 2860 is shown as part of the steam parade along with Virginia & Truckee 22.

N&W 611 crosses the Nickel Plate trestle over the Grand River in Painesville during a journey to Buffalo, New York, on Aug. 1, 1986.

L&N 152 is negotiating a switchback at Hagans, Virginia during a trip from Harlan, Kentucky, to Appalachia, Virginia, on October 11, 1986.

L&N 152 in Hagans, Virginia, on a switchback.