CN finds the steam engine dies hard

| September/October 1973

  • Steam Locomotive
    STEAM ENGINE 6060 IS UNDERGOING COMPLETE OVERHAUL IN MONTREAL ... locomotive is to return to duty next year

  • Steam Locomotive

Box 460, Olds, Alberta, Canada

The following article was sent to us by Walter Spreeman, Box 460, Olds, Alberta, Canada. We thank Bill Drever, Managing Editor of The Calgary Herald, for permission to reprint this article which appeared in above mentioned newspaper on September 21, 1972.

MONTREAL (CP) When Canadian National last year retired No. 6218, a popular excursion locomotive, the railway figured it was finally finished operating steam locomotives 11 years after they were officially eliminated.

But public demand to have No. 6218 put back into service prompted company officials to decide to put another one into operation.

In August, Mountain class 6060, on display at Jasper, Alta., since 1962, arrived back in Montreal for a complete overhaul and return to service next summer.

J. Norman Lowe, CN's historical projects officer, said in an interview that 'we really intended to retire from operating steam excursions with 6218 with no apologies because, with the possible exception of the Southern Railroad in the United States, no railway in North America has done as much to keep steam alive.'