Rolling along at 60 m.p.h. near Whitby, the first section
of the Toronto area, CPR employees' picnic train heads for Cobourg at
8:20 a.m. on July 17, 1954. This train comprised 12 wooden cars and
was followed by a second section, hauled by No. 2305 with a similar
consist. G3d 4-6-2 Pacific No. 2333, was built by MLW in 1926
and, at that time, was the CPR's top passenger power. These engines
were originally built as hand fired locomotives with small eight wheel
tenders of 8,000 gallons and 12 tons capacity, but were later fitted
with stokers and equipped with large 12 wheel tenders carrying 12,000
gallons of water and 21 tons of coal.
No. 2333 was chosen by the CPR to represent the company at the "Fair
of the Iron Horse", a railroad exhibition held by the Baltimore
and Ohio Railroad at Halethorpe, Maryland, near the city of Baltimore.
This epic rail spectacle was held from September 24 to October 15, 1927.
During the pageant when the locomotives steamed past the grandstand,
No. 2333 was in such illustrious company as the British locomotive,
"King George V", CNR's new Northern type 6100, NYC's
Hudson No. 5205, Pennsylvania Railroad's K-4 No. 5474, B&O's
No. 5300 "President Washington" and many more modern and antique
When the Fair closed, No. 2333 returned to Toronto where she was placed
on display for a couple of days. One of the senior fitters at John Street
told how her firebox was loaded with booklets from the Fair on her return.
Who wouldn't like to have one of those in his collection? It seems that
No. 2333 spent most of her life in Ontario and saw much passenger service
in the 1920's and 1930's. She was not at John Street in 1946 when I
started with the company but I believe she was at Lambton in freight
service. However, in 1953, Nos. 2333 and 2336 appeared at John Street
and were assigned to the Toronto to Sudbury Trains Nos. 27 and 28.
In the summer of 1953, there was a plague of caterpillars in the north
woods, causing considerable trouble since the covered the rails and
caused wheel slip. It was decided to equip Nos. 2333 and 2336 with a
steam jet device to blow these pests off the rails. Half inch piping
was installed along the left side of the boiler above the running board,
from the steam turret in the cab down to the engine truck, where it
divided into two jets located in front of the lead wheels. The jets
were controlled by a valve on the fireman's side. These engines ran
with this feature for a short time and the pipe can be seen in the photograph.
Just after this shot was taken, No. 2333 was returned to Lambton and
later assigned to London, where she was in freight service on the Galt
and Windsor Subdivisions. By early 1957, she had returned to Toronto
and was in the Lambton to Cartier freight pool, in which she ran until
early 1958. In June of that year she was scrapped at Angus.