|Canadian Railroad Historical Association Newletter March 1972|
Photo courtesy C.W.Anderson Collection.
Another awkward-looking locomotive from the 19th Century, this one was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1871. Originally built as an 0-4-0 tank engine, it was later converted to a normal tender type. As railway companies came and went, the "La Tour" became No. 6 of the St. John &. Maine Railway in 1878, No. 29 of the New Brunswick Railway in 1882 and No. 506 of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888. She was scrapped in October 1895.
The European and North American Railway was conceived in 1850 as a way to connect Halifax (an ice free port) with Portland Me. and Montreal; thereby shortening the ocean trip. It took till the early 1870s to complete the route, after several bankrupcies and ownership changes.
That locomotive looks unherently unstable with the overhang at the rear and front of the driving wheels.
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