This is how old the La Emperatriz steam train is, this is its history

This is how old the La Emperatriz steam train is, this is its history
This is how old the La Emperatriz steam train is, this is its history

The history of the La Emperatriz locomotive

Originally intended for rapid freight and passenger service, locomotive 2816 operated primarily in eastern Canada for nearly three decades before its retirement on May 26, 1960.

She subsequently served as a roving ambassador for Canadian Pacific, traveling throughout Canada and the United States, before being put into storage in 2012. After a decade of dormancy, the locomotive has been carefully restored by a dedicated team of railroaders, prepared to revive its legacy in an unprecedented commemorative tour.

The 2816 restoration project has been led by a group of railroad workers, who have contributed their specialized knowledge to bring this steam engine back to life.

“You can build two somewhat identical steam engines in the same shop,” reflects veteran team member and water treatment specialist Jim Scott. “But like twins, after a year on the rails, they have completely different personalities.”

Why is your journey from Canada to Mexico historic?

This commemorative tour, called the “Final Spike Anniversary,” will celebrate the one-year anniversary of CPKC’s creation. The journey will begin on April 24, 2024 at CPKC’s global headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, and will culminate on June 4 in Mexico City.

Over the course of this trip, 2816 will make 11 strategic stops, allowing the public to admire this jewel of railway engineering up close. Stops will include:

– Algary, Alta. | April 24
– Moose Jaw, Sask. | 28th of April
– Minot, N.D. | April 30th
– St. Paul, Minn. | May 3
-Franklin Park, Ill. | May 8
– Davenport, Iowa | May 10
– Kansas City, Missouri | May 18
– Shreveport, La. | May 24
– Laredo, Texas | May 28
– Monterrey, Mexico | may 31
– Mexico City, Mexico | June 4

In each of these cities, public events will be held where attendees can explore the locomotive, learn about its history and that of the CPKC railroad, and enjoy the Puffer Belly Express mini train, a scale model of a steam locomotive.

“This special journey across the continent with steam locomotive 2816 is a tribute to our past and a celebration of our future. We are excited to share this extraordinary experience with communities across our network as we mark one year into our CPKC journey. “.

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