Friday, April 29, 2016

CNR Hudsons

John Westwood, The World Steam Train Album, Bison Group 1993
 The five Hudsons built for the Canadian National's Toronto-Montreal service were reputedly the fastest locomotives in Canada, and one of them gained this country's speed record for steam traction. They had 80in driving wheels. 

A former manager of mine grew up near Brighton and had stories of the steam locomotives passing through and stopping at the station. At that point, the CNR and CPR run parallel and close together. He mentioned the speed contests the engineers of both railways indulged in, leaving at the same time and in the same direction. Apparently the CNR always won. If the locomotives were in fact these ones, its no wonder!

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