Manitoba Steam in the 1950s

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This is a rare and wonderful color look at Canadian steam in the province of Manitoba, where some of the last steam ended its days in Canada.

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This is a rare and wonderful color look at Canadian steam in the province of Manitoba, where some of the last steam ended its days in Canada. The DVD is divided into two parts, with Canadian National first, followed by Canadian Pacific. Photographer Newton Rossiter narrates the entire show and has plenty of insights regarding the engine classes and the places seen on the video. Generally most views are west of Winnipeg, including St. James Tower, Pacific Junction – and many others.

We see several of the 4-8-2’s including number 6000, and some of the 6060 series as well as other smaller types. On the Canadian Pacific side of things we see smaller classes, then the larger power such as 2-8-2’s, 4-6-2’s, 2-10-2’s, and 4-6-4’s. There is even one rare shot of number 3101 which was one of only two CPR 4-8-4’s ever built. There is a shot of the famous Royal Hudson number 2860 in passenger service which is a nice addition as well. Music and narration, and no fake train sounds as the original footage was shot on silent film. Rare historical footage that’s fun to watch.

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  1. rickyfreni

    In this 1987 videotape/2011 DVD, the program starts with newton rositer narrating with a map of Manitoba, followed by a still image of 4-6-2 5117 on a freight with a caboose in between. The action starts at St. James Tower. Before that happens a look at the scattered railroad routes in the map are included. The first locomotive in the camera roll is engine 5619 a 4-6-2 class K3G built in Montreal in 1911 for the grand trunk pacific. It is carrying a trio of baggage cars with an extra coach. Next is 4-8-2 number 6073 without the bullet nose cone as it is carrying a boxcar, 4 coaches, and a caboose. Note the semaphore signals. 6073 was the first U1F engine to be retired but not the first to be scrapped. Following behind 6073, is 2-8-2 class S1A number 3224 hauling freight. Moments later, K3A class 4-6-2 number 5558 is also carrying some freight. Facing the opposite direction as it approaches Winnipeg, U1E number 6050 is also hauling freight. Following behind 6050 is 2-8-2 number 3211 which is also hauling freight. 3211 was originally built as Canadian government railway number 2811. It was scrapped in April of 1960. Next S2C class 2-8-2 number 3587 is also on a freight run. Following behind the freight is 6052 on a passenger run known as Train number 63 which operated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Behind train 63, is another freight, this time it is being led by S2A class 2-8-2 number 3544. 3544 was built in 1923 and scrapped in September of 1961. Following behind 3544, 6050 is on a different freight. Afterwards, train number 12 is shown as it is being led by 6075 without its nose cone. Next, 2-8-0 number 2174 is on a freight. The engine was originally built for the Canadian northern in 1913, and scrapped in May of 1961. Following behind 2174, is Engine 5152 as it is on a drag freight. Facing the opposite direction, locomotive 6066 is shown without her bullet nose cone. Moving onto transcona, 5152 arrives and departs with a different freight known as mixed train number 215 which operated on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Back at wheeler, 4-6-0 number 1535 is crossing the diamond with mostly baggage cars. 1535 was originally built as 1328. All alone and running light, 1444 is heading to Brandon. 1444 was originally built as Grand Trunk Pacific number 621. Back At Winnipeg, 5152 is on a different freight. 5152 was built in Montreal in July 1920. Following behind 5152, is U1A 6010 hauling freight. Note the unidentified engine between the cars. Afterwards, 1535 is seen again. 1535 was built in Montreal in 1910 for the Canadian northern. Next U1d number 6043 is on train 12 from Saskatoon. Moving onto pacific junction at the Rivers subdivision, engine 4096 is on a really long freight. 4096 was originally built as 3804. On the abandoned Hartz subdivision, 3561 is on an extra to rivers. Next 2-10-2 class T1C number 4039 is on a freight. 4039 was built in Montreal in October 1920. Moving onto the Togo subdivision we are at the Dauphin roundhouse and turntable as U1A 6000 is about to take a spin on the turntable, and also entering the shops. 6000 was built in Kingston Ontario on May 31, 1923. Later, 6000 is on an assigned freight. Sadly, both 6000 and it’s follow up sister Engine 6001 were both scrapped in April of 1962. At the farming village of Ashville, T4B class 2-10-2 number 4329 is shown on a freight in these 4 scenes. The date is the first day of July 1958. The first 2 scenes are at Ashville, the third is at Gilbert plains, and the forth is as grandview. In its final days of service, 4329 was renumbered to 4729. Sadly this beast was scrapped in March of 1959. The CN segment comes to a close as 5088 arrives at Dugald on the Redditt subdivision. Note the baby animal walking alongside the tracks.

    Onto the Canadian Pacific coverage, it starts with a still Image of 4-6-2 number 2342 doubleheading with another engine, then comes an scattered map of CP lines. The camera roll resumes as 2700 arrives at Carberry on a freight in the namesake subdivision with semaphore signals and a grain elevator in the background. 2700 was built in October of 1919. It is revealed that Newton was using his Kodak K100 silent camera, as well as the actual builder’s plate of 2700 saying that it was built in July of the same year, which was a prototype from G3 number 2300. The G3 and G4 class were identical. Afterwards P1N class 2-8-2 number 5234 pulled in for a water stop, then leaves the station, with smoke billowing from the funnel. 5234 had lots of identities over the years. Starting in 1910 as N3A class 2-8-0 number 1870, renumbered in 1912 as 3870, rebuilt in July 1924 that also has been renumbered 3670, and renamed to 5234 in 1948. The engine was scrapped in August 1961. Afterwards, we head to Brandon on the broadview subdivision as engine 2548 is on train number 107. 2548 was built in 1908, rebuilt in 1926, and scrapped in 1958. Approaching Brandon yard, G5 number 1273 is on a freight. Later 1273 is on the mainline to McGregor. Next D10 number 1007 is on a really long freight, heading home to Brandon. Note the spare water tender behind the engine. 1007 is on the carberry subdivision north of chater. 1007 was built in Montreal in 1912. After that, 1273 is passing by a small lake at Varcoe on the namesake subdivision. Moving onto the minnedosa subdivision in its namesake town, 2 Diesels assists G3F 4-6-2 number 2376. The date of the film was on June 26, 1958. Moving onto the broadview subdivision at Kenmay, 2377 is on a freight. Afterwards, G3E number 2362 is also on a freight train. 2362 was built in 1938. Next one of the CP’s popular royal Hudson’s number 2863 operates on the carberry subdivision at Douglas. It was early in the morning. Following behind the Hudson is engine 2352 is on a slow freight. Afterwards another royal Hudson is shown, this time its none other than future famous engine 2860, as it is on trains 43 and 44. Returning to St. James tower, 1274 is on either train 104 or 105 as it is crossing the CN line. Next G5B number 1291 is on a freight. Another shot of 1274 is shown at St. James tower. Following behind 1274, is P1N 5244 on a long freight. 5244 was one of the final Canadian Pacific steam locomotives to be built in 1949. After 15 years of operating trains, it was sadly scrapped in February of 1964. A similar shot of 1274 is shown, this time it is on a different day. Back on the carberry subdivision, 2863 is rolling through Woodman tower on train 44, as it passes by the fields of grain and grass. The video comes to a close as K1A class 4-8-4 3101 is leaving Austin on a freight, Followed by N2 class 2-8-0 number 3602 running double tender first, at Oakbank on the Keewatin subdivision. All in all Newton did an excellent job narrating this short video from the 80s. This show was one of the 10 rail innovations titles that were acquired by Greg in 2011.

    The synthesized music in this video was later used in Steam memories of Ontario from 1988.

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