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CP 1293 - Ex Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293

Builder:
Canadian Locomotive Company, Ltd.
Built:
June 1948 Bldr. No. 2450
Wheel Arrrangement:
4-6-2 (Pacific)
Driver Diameter:
70 inches
Boiler Pressure:
250 psi
Tractive Effort:
34,000 lbs.
Engine Weight:
234,000 pounds
Weight on Drivers:
151,000 pounds
CPR Class:
G-5d
Fuel:
Coal
Status:
OPERATIONAL

Some of the most modern and well-designed steam locomotives to turn a wheel were the G-5-class 4-6-2 Pacific types constructed after World War II for branch line duty on Canadian Pacific passenger and freight trains.

Their basic design stemmed from a by-gone era, but these 102, upgraded 4-6-2s were equipped with all of the latest improvements, innovations and appliances then available.

Most significant was the use of a front-end throttle in the smokebox section of the boiler for more precise control of the high pressure steam passing into the cylinders.

Instead of the usual dry pipe and steam dome arrangement, these 4-6-2s employed a curious type of dry pipe with slots along the underside, thus eliminating the need for or use of a steam dome with its usual throttle valve.

The four-wheel lead truck was equipped with roller bearings, while the single axle trailing truck was unusual in that it was “…not a truck at all, but an axle carried in the rigid frame with over-wide pedestals set at a backward angle so [that] when the axle moved laterally on curves, the journals were displaced longitudinally, [thus] giving truck action.”

Their 70-inch driving wheels rolled on friction bearing axles.

The CP’s G-5-class engines were built by three different manufacturers into 1948, with G-5-d No.1293 being constructed in June of that year by Canadian Locomotive Company (serial #2450) in Kingston, Ontario.

 

However new and efficient these Pacifics were, all would be out of work within a decade as dieselization spread across the Dominion. Retired in 1959, No.1293 sat in ever-dwindling lines of down-and-out locomotives waiting their turns to go to the scrapper.

Luckily, during 1964 CP No.1293 was saved for posterity by F. Nelson Blount, and moved to and displayed at his Steamtown USA museum in Bellows Falls, Vermont. This 4-6-2 needed only minor repairs to get it under steam again, and soon No.1293 (relettered Green Mountain RR) was pulling short tourist trains at Steamtown. It also was used to pull the Vermont Bicentennial Train during 1976, and, temporarily renumbered “1881” to appear in the 1979 horror movie, Terror Train. After its movie role ended, No.1293 was repainted into its CP black and maroon livery of the 1930s, which it still wears today. During 1984 Steamtown was moved to the new Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but No.1293 never was fired-up and remained cold.

During 1996 Jerry Jacobson purchased this 4-6-2, rebuilt it to operational condition, and in the fall of 1997 returned it to daily-except-Sunday summertime tourist trains on his Ohio Central Railroad. When repairs were completed to OC steamer No.1551, the 4-6-2 was sidelined and used only for special runs.

 

Easy to fire and good on coal and water, No.1293 showed the OC just why CP crewmen loved these little locos. A half-dozen of these G-5 Pacifics still exist, but No.1293 is the only one operational.

Relettered for the Central Ohio Railroad (the registered name for the operational section of the Age of Steam Roundhouse) and having undergone the FRA-mandated five-year inspections and repairs, today No.1293 is in perfect running condition.

 

It is used for all sorts of AoS events, and occasionally pulls trains up to and back from the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, which operates this 4-6-2 on steam-powered passenger trains each autumn.


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