Both sides of CNR 6186 a typical 4-8-4 Northern.
Mimico (Toronto) Bud Laws Collection
Class U-2-f Cyl. 25 1/2" x 30" Drv.73" Press 250 t.e.
57% CLC #1966 9/1940
On your Canadian National Railways U Class Northern page:
Two photos of CNR 6186 attributed to Bud Laws a partial caption Location
and date unknown.
I believe this to be on the east side of the Mimico roundhouse, with the
engine facing east.
My basis is the brick smokestack poking from the cab roof and the rock
shed of Ritchie Cut Stone in the background,
seen from between the tank car and the front of the engine then comparing
Ken Wilsons aerial photograph looking west over the Mimico Yards
in the 1960s. Ritchie was directly south of the roundhouse on New
Toronto Street. The positioning is exact. Date? Still unknown
1940s or 50s.
My Grandfather was a G T R fireman from about 1912 to 1921
at Mimico; 2-6-0s and 4-6-0s, maybe some older 4-4-0s,
perhaps the newer Consolidations and Mikados as well, back and forth,
mostly on the Owen Sound run.
My two sons worked there in the 1980s and 90s. One son is
now an engineer on the GO Trains.
His nephew, my Grandson is also on the GO Trains, both out of Mimico (Willowbrook)
I was not an employee, but an excited young fan of steam at Mimico, riding
all over these yards and hometown of New Toronto in the 1950s on
a bicycle and can recognize almost any photo from that era in town.
Ken Cutmore April 2015