A Rainy Day with Canadian Pacific 2816

Canadian Pacific 2816 is a 4-6-4 built by Montreal Locomotive Works in Dec 1930 and retired in 1960. CP reacquired the engine in 1998 and had it fully rebuilt at BC Rail. It returned to service in 2001 and served as a special excursion engine for a decade. In 2012, it was mothballed as part of E. Hunter Harrison’s infamous hack-and-slash management – euphemistically called “Precision Scheduled Railroading” but more correctly “let’s jack up the share price through unsustainable cutting.” Yeah, I have opinions…

To celebrate the merger between Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern to form CPKC in 2023, the railroad decided to make a public relations run across the system from Calgary to Chicago and then southward to Mexico City. Canadian Pacific 2816 was brought out of storage and given a full refurbishment for the task.

The schedule brought it from Chicago to Davenport (Iowa) on May 9, and then put it on display in downtown Davenport on the 10th. That happened to work out with when I’d be back home, so I spent a day out chasing it around.

There’s not a lot else to say… I wound up chasing from Savanna, IL, down to Nahant Yard in Davenport, and then visiting the train while it was on public display the next day. It did, however, remind me why I hate chasing mainline steam and generally try to stay as far away from the gaggle of goons as possible. However, for an engine that hasn’t run in years and was coming right through my home town, I suppose I have to make an exception.

Some days the hours spent standing around, getting soaked and freezing, are totally worth it.

Inside the Exhibit Trailer

The line to go through the CPKC exhibit trailer was reasonably long, so I didn’t have a lot of time to spend inside, but I tried to snap off cellphone shots of a lot of the material so I could examine and read it later. I figured I’d share some of what was inside.

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