CN (Canadian National) Steam Loco #6060

Once upon  a time I lived in Montreal. One of my favorite places to on the weekend was the Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW). MLW was a Canadian railway locomotive manufacturer which existed under several names from 1883 to 1985, producing both steam and diesel locomotives.

CN_Steam_Loco #6060

CN #6060 was built in November 1944, and was one of 20 Mountain’s ordered for Canadian National. They were ordered during the Second World War, and were a step down in size from the much more prevalent Northern’s. As a result of the step down in size the mountain type had less power but more speed and served well as a general purpose workhorse.  In later years several locomotives lost the distinctive cone-shaped smokebox door cover, giving them the nickname “Bullet Nose Betty’s”.

CNR #6060 operated high-speed passenger and freight in Canada, until 1960 when her class was retired in 1960 due to dieselization. CNR 6060 was then put on static display in Jasper, Alberta in 1962. Then in 1972, she was restored, replacing Canadian National 6218 and became CN’s main excursion engine until the 1980’s, when she was retired again.

In 1985, Harry Home led efforts to restore CN #6060 and run it to Expo 86 in Vancouver after she was restored in Jasper, Alberta. She ran to Expo 86 along with Canadian Pacific 2860. After Expo 86, she was moved to the  Alberta Railway Museum, where she was stored until 1998 when she was moved to Stettler so she can operate regularly in the service of Alberta Prairie Steam Tour. As of 2009, she has been stored at the Rocky Mountain Rail Society.

I tell you all this ‘cos Club Member Ben Sochacki sent me a heads up of a abfab vid of CN #6060. Not a vid of the real thing but a vid of a seven and a half inch gauge model built by Ernie Beskowiney. Ernie put approximately 7 years and 35,000 hours into the design and construction of this flawless live steam locomotive. It is nearly entirely CNC’d out of stainless steel and is slightly larger than 1/8 scale. The operating pressure is 150 PSI and develops about 483lbs of tractive effort. It has pulled a train of 48 people without blinking. Here is the vid of Ernie firing up and running the locomotive at the Bitter Creek Western railroad.

Thanks Ben.