Originally published March 19, 2019 02:43 pm
Author: Lew Harrison
Images taken by Andy Chornomitz
Goodbye to 5080
Prince Albert, SK, Canada / XFM
March 19, 2019 02:43 pm
Since the 60’s, CN locomotive 5080 has sat silently at the entrance to the Prince Albert Exhibition grounds. It’s probably a safe bet to say that pretty much everyone in PA has gone past that train at least once in the last 53 years.
Built in Montreal in 1914, 5080 was given to the City in 1961 as a gift from the Canadian National Railway to celebrate Prince Albert’s centennial in 1966. It served between Hudson Bay and The Pas for many years prior to it becoming a display piece here in the city.
How heavy is the locomotive? Check out the trailer clearance before loading, and after.
Years ago, local efforts to restore 5080 were headed up by local resident, Arne Lindberg, but after many years it became apparent that they would be unable to make a restoration happen due to the massive million dollar plus price tag to do so.
The train is now headed to its new home in Mossleigh, Alberta to be restored into operational condition, with an estimated completion date some time in 2021. Upon it’s completion, I understand it will be put into service as part of a heritage railway tourist attraction called Aspen Crossing Scenic Railway. I would love to make the road trip to take a ride.