CALGARY, Alberta — CPKC is stoking interest in the revival of Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 Hudson No. 2816, which will set out on a tour this summer to celebrate the CP-Kansas City Southern merger.
In social media posts, the railroad this week teased the progress made on the locomotive’s overhaul in preparation for its first outing in more than a decade.
“We’ve been lifting steam engines for 110 years. Today, working in the same location railroaders did in 1913, crews at our Ogden Shops lifted the 2816,” CPKC said. “This time, it’s back onto its wheels as refurbishment work nears completion. This summer, 2816 The Empress will make more history when it departs from Calgary on a special North American tour to celebrate the creation of CPKC and the connecting of three nations.”
CP acquired the 2816 in 1998 and, after an extensive overhaul that included converting the 1930 Montreal Locomotive Works product to burn oil, returned the locomotive to service in 2001. It has emerged from storage in Calgary a few times since CP pulled the plug on its steam program in 2012.
CP’s hydrogen fuel cell locomotive No. 1001 towed the 2816 into the railway’s Calgary shop in November 2022 to begin the latest overhaul.
CPKC has not yet provided schedule information for the 2816’s trip, but CEO Keith Creel has said that the locomotive will pull the railway’s business train from Calgary to Mexico City.