Category: 1949

“Main Street Of The Northwest.” …

“Main Street Of The Northwest.”  Northern Pacific F7A #6507-A is ahead of train #3, the westbound “Alaskan,” as it makes a flag stop at Trout Creek, Montana in May, 1949. A.E. Bennett photo.

Northern Pacific F7A #6507 is ahead of train…

Northern Pacific F7A #6507 is ahead of train #1, the westbound transcontinental flagship “North Coast Limited” while F3A #6506-C leads train #3, the westbound secondary “Alaskan” at Paradise, Montana in May, 1949. A.E. Bennett photo.

UP train with engine 901, engine type EMD F3…

UP train with engine 901, engine type EMD F3

Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) #106, “City of Portland”, at Plainview CO. Train was detouring the storm area in Wyoming, diesel 901, 12 cars, 20 MPH

Feb 19, 1949

Rear end of westbound CNR train “Scotia…

Rear end of westbound CNR train "Scotian" at Brookfield, NS, August 1949.

Rear end of westbound CNR train “Scotian” at Brookfield, NS, August 1949. by Jon Archibald

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Rear end of westbound CNR train “Scotian” at Brookfield, NS, August 1949. Kodachrome – John McIntosh. Rear cars went to Saint John NB, and Boston MA; front cars to Montreal QC. Previous image shows same train approaching.

CNR train “Scotian” Westbound App…

CNR train "Scotian" Westbound Approaching, Brookfield NS, August 1949.

CNR train “Scotian” Westbound Approaching, Brookfield NS, August 1949. by Jon Archibald

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CNR train “Scotian” westbound approaching camera, Brookfield NS, August 1949. 4-8-4 pulling. Note wig-wag crossing signal. Next image shows same train receding. Kodachrome – John McIntosh.

It impresses me that CN had over 200 such 4-8-4’s (the largest fleet in North America, maybe not as many as in the former USSR) and kept them maintained, fueled, and watered to run long journeys such as this one, 840 miles between the seaport of Halifax and Montreal.

On this route there were three such full-service (sleepers, diners, baggage, express parcels and mail) trains a day, in each direction no less.

CN employed at most over 100,000 people which was in 1953 as I read in an annual report from the time. It was government-owned and like the post office was seen as a service more than a profit-maker as it is now, privately owned. Right or wrong it was also seen as a source of employment for Canadians in good and bad times.

CN also was a founding investor and principal shareholder in Trans-Canada Airlines, later Air Canada, until the eighties or so.

CN 6110 with ten cars on the Maritime Express…

CN

6110 with ten cars on the Maritime Express westbound at Truro, Nova Scotia. 1949 Jon Archibald Collection

GMD 7001-7002-7003 demonstrators are EMD FP7…

GMD 7001-7002-7003 demonstrators are EMD FP7A and F7B units #11015-17 11/1949, shown testing with dynamometer car on CPR #3 The Dominion at Marathon, Ont. Dec. 5, 1949. It was the first time diesels had hauled this train and they attracted plenty of attention!

CP’s Dominion

CP’s Dominion

Montreal/Toronto–Vancouver Dominion descending Kicking Horse Pass near Cathedral, B.C., 1949.

The 1949 Broadway leaves Chicago

The 1949 Broadway leaves Chicago

Cream of the Pennsy fleet, the all-Pullman Broadway Limited is a few minutes out of Chicago Union Station on its 16-hour run to New York, shortly after being re-equipped in 1949.

PRR photo

Mixed power on the Capitol LimitedTwo F3s an…

Mixed power on the Capitol Limited

Two F3s and an E unit depart Grand Central Station, Chicago, with Baltimore & Ohio’s Capitol Limited in September 1949. The train’s second car is a sleeper that operated in transcontinental service via Santa Fe’s Chief and the Capitol between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Carl Bachmann photo