Apr 13, 2012

Vintage Canadian Pacific Locomotives

The role of the railway in the history of the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta echoes what was true of most communities in the West.  When the Canadian Pacific Railway came through in 1882-1883 the community was established, and homes and industries began to spring up almost overnight.

This landmark in Riverside Park in downtown Medicine Hat represents a more modern influence of the railway, and is located just a stones throw from the old railway bridge that spans the South Saskatchewan River.  Two vintage diesel train engines, numbered 1418 and 1424, have been on permanent display here since 1985.  As noted on the placard, these engines were retired after traveling more than seven million miles. 


Image of 1424 hauling The Canadian towards Sudbury, ON.

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