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British Columbia

Royal Hudson and other government sponsored and chartered steam operations.

Passenger equipment

Coast Mountaineer

Two photos of the trial journey of "Coast Mountaineer" posed at Brackendale. .
September 13, 1994 R.L.Kennedy Collection

Posed in the Cheakmus Canyon.


301 combine, ex CN 7196 Pullman 5/1919

803 coach, ex CP 2806 NSC/CPR 1/1924

741 Buffet-observation ex CP 35 business car. NSC/CPR 4/1928

Mount Cascade observation car, ex SP 2914. Pullman 1930

Note: All this rolling stock remains stored in New Westminster.

3716 still operates in BC on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway.

This NRHS BC Chapter trial run was a precursor to a charter February 19, 1995
with five coaches and 232 passengers from North Vancouver to Pemberton.
Other charters included two for Trains Unlimited in 1999 and 2000.

Okanagan Express

Okanagan Express crossing Trout Creek bridge near Summerland. John Cowan Collection

Extra CP 8836 with 8839 hauling NRHS equipment on Okanagan Express.
Penticton near West Summerland, BC. May 23, 1983
Two photos: Roger Puta/Marty Bernard




That photo was actually taken between Squamish and Pemberton. For two consecutive weekends in 1978, # 3716 did indeed double head with 2860 on the regular run to Squamish, but at Squamish the train was split into two trains and 3716 carried on to Pemberton on a charter. The first one which I think is the one on your site judging by the weather was the third weekend in August, 1978 and this trip was organized by the West Coast Railway Association. On Labour Day Weekend the NRHS held their annual convention in Vancouver and this trip was repeated as part of the convention package. I know as I was a passenger on that trip. John Cowan CPR Retired. Maple Ridge, BC Bud Laws Collection

3716 Northbound south of Shannon Falls on the way to Squamish. May 1986 Bud Laws Collection

Note the tender and tank car have no lettering account no longer with Provincial Museum train.

3716 replaced 2860 when the Royal Hudson was not available.

3716 arriving Squamish. May 1986 Bud Laws Collection

3716 sitting all forlorn in the weeds uncertain of what lay ahead. Fame! 1972 Philip Mason

3716 is getting ready to doublehead with its more famous companion Royal Hudson 2860. See below 2nd photograph.
Now fitted with larger tender ex CP 415815 off P1n class 5249. See below.

MLW 51628 10/1912 as 3916 rebuilt as 3716 Angus 12/1929.

CP 415815 work service water tender off 5249. Victoria September 1982 J.W.Booth


Primary purpose of the ex CP 3716 was as a backup for the ex CP 2860 on the BC government operated Royal Hudson excurison trains from North Vancouver to Squamish, BC. It also operated on the BC Provincial Museum train which travelled the province for a while. Modified with a feedwater heater bundle in front of the stack and modern ditch lghts it was also converted to oil-firing as a convenience for modern operations. The too-large looking tender also aided modern times.

Although the sale of BC Rail operations to CN Rail has resulted in the end of passenger tour trains and disposal of the 2860 to the WCRA museum in Squamish where it has seldom been used, 3716 fared better. It went in 2003 to a new tourist railway operation out of Summerland, BC as the Kettle Valley Steam Railway which began in 1995 and still continuing. It replaced a much smaller Shay geared steam locomotive from the BC Forest Museum, Duncan, VI.

3716 doubleheading with 2860 preparing to handle a special excursion from North Van to Squamish on 6/21/1998.
It was very rare to see both engines working together. Doug Tilley


Cylinder cocks open to clear condensation out of cylinders.
Not as "dangerous" as it looks since this is NOT hot steam!
Three photo sequence. 6/20/1990 Squamish

Note lack of any lettering on side of tender.




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