P1n subclass 2-8-2
Although officially designated as rebuilt locomotives the
5200's were in fact more new than old. They didn't even get their own
class, just subclass "n" of class P1. Starting with N2 class
2-8-0's (3600's and 3700's), new boilers, the heart of a steam locomotive,
were built along with the addition of mechanical stokers (NEVER say "automatic
stoker" to a fireman!), and application of an enclosed vestibule
cab. Much bigger tenders were applied as well, carrying 18 tons of coal
and 10,000 gallons of water. The engines themselves were already newer
from an earlier 1923-30 rebuild of the original 38-3900 N3 class 2-8-0's
with new frames, cylinders and motion. The 5200's continued to show the
original 1910-1914 dates most having been built by MLW (52), plus 8 CLC
and 5 by Canada Foundry. Note: "Engines" refers to the
two sets of cylinders and motion on each side comprising an independent
engine. It is possible for a locomotive to operate on only one side at
reduced power to clear the mainline in the event of a road failure. Cylinders:
22" diameter x 32" stroke. Drivers: 63" diameter. Boiler
pressure: 215 pounds per square inch. Tractive Effort: 45,000 pounds.
P1n 5204 taking coal in Penticton, BC September 1947 Bud Laws Collection
5210 with typical Western Lines light grey smoke box.
Calgary November 1949 Bud Laws Collection
Note the filthy mud covering rear of engine. This comes from the boiler and is most common in areas of bad water. It is also caused by lack of frequent enough blowing down of the boiler. Under the worst conditions some roads had to washout the boiler every 15 days rather than the standard mandated 30 days.
5215 taking water at Winnipeg October 1947 Bud Laws Collection
5216 Calgary September 1953 Bud Laws Collection
5218 Calgary September 25, 1949 Bud Laws Collection
5219 Calgary July 1952 Bud Laws Collection
5220 Aberdeen (Hamilton) April 1946 Bud Laws Collection
5224 dead engine (note main rods are off) possibly waiting for Ogden main shop. Calgary 8/4/1949 Bud Laws Collection
5243 uncaptioned but believed to be Alyth. Early 1950's Bud Laws Collection
5249 Captioned Calgary but clearly it is not. Believed
to be Kamloops.
5250 Grand Forks, BC September 1952 Bud Laws Collection
5251 Alyth (Calgary) March 21, 1954 Bud Laws Collection
5253 Alyth (Calgary) May 20, 1950 Bud Laws Collection
5256 uncaptioned but identified as Drake Street in Vancouver. Early 1950's. Bud Laws Collection
P1n 5258 converted to oil for Western Lines. Unknown location. 10-01-1967 Joseph Testagrose Collection
5261 Vancouver May 9, 1954 Walter Edwin Frost/City of Vancouver Archives.
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