This majestic locomotive came to Aspen Crossing from Prince Albert, Sask. It itok 8 years of talking and inquiries to get the steam engine to her new home.
It took two cranes, one 92 wheeled flatbed trailer plus support vehicles, a half a day in each location and travel time to get the locomotive positioned back on the tracks at Aspen Crossing.
She is over 106 years old and looks amazing for her age. The goal is to use her to pull the train excursions offered by Aspen Crossing. Any cosmetic touch ups before restoring could be detrimental to the process. The engine is mechanically complete and a good candidate to steam again.
Weighing in at 118 tonnes, she was initially coal fuellled but in 1950 she was converted to oil.
The Canadian Government Railway had her built in June of 1914 at the Montreal Locomotive Works. She is one of only 61 built between 1914- 1918.
Engine 5080 has four smaller lead wheels for stability, six drivers to put power to rail, with two smaller wheels trailing and supporting the firebox. Under Whyte notation #5080 this makes her a 4-6-2, commonly known as a Pacific type.
This type of engine was built for speed rather then power. She was best suited for short to medium-sized trains. Given her ability to accelerate quickly from stop and sprint between stations pulling people passenger cars was her forte . These engines were used to pinch hit with freights but didn't do so often.
Her numbers are impressive. The boiler is a 180psi boiler. Her tractive effort is 34,225ibf. this is the force that can be generated from a standstill. It determines the maximum train weight the locomotive can set in motion. Trains do not have the advantage of airplanes getting a running start. they must start from a stand still.
Engine #5080 spent most of her working life here out west. Records tell us near Jasper Alberta. She retired in the 1960's, and was later donated to the city of Prince Albert Saskatchewan, who put it only display at the Exhibition Grounds. She was in service some forty five years and in retirement some sixty.
Here's to seeing her back on the rails again in a few years.