1919 Royal Train
2231 CPR #1483 9/06 G1c r/b as G1r 6/27 with 22 1/2" x 28"
cyl. retaining old boiler 200 lbs.
This engine was used on a Royal train in 1919 carrying
Edward Prince of Wales on a tour of Canada and the United States. His
Royal Highness would later become King Edward VIII in January of 1936
only to abdicate in December living out the rest of his life as the
Duke of Windsor. Edward ran 2231 from Flavelle (Mile 20.9) through Brighton
(Mile 9.9) to Trenton with engineer Harry Flood guiding him and accompanied
by Bernard "Monty" Montgomery who would go on to fame in World
War Two defeating Rommel in North Africa, a decisive battle that led
to the fall of Germany. When approaching Brighton Flood told Edward
to blow the whistle for Brighton. He called across the cab "Hi
Monty, Brighton, dear old Brighton-by-the-Sea". "Blow the
whistle" yelled the engineer as they raced toward tiny Brighton
nothing like the famed resort in England. Upon arrival in Trenton Edward
climbed down from the cab and handed the fireman back his gloves whereupon
the shop labourer sent to clean the fire offered him $5 (about a day's
pay back then) for the gloves which he turned down.
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