Sunset of Canadian National Steam

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This video captures some of the last steam operations in Ontario, before switching to the west and some of the last operations of steam in Manitoba.

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We see some of the big CN 4-8-4’s in both freight and passenger service, and a scene of one 4-8-4 number 6242 going on the turntable and into the roundhouse under steam for the very last time. We also see a nice 4-8-4 doubleheader, and two scenes of 4-6-4 Hudsons on passenger trains. See streamlined 4-8-4 number 6402, and the next to last commuter train to operate steam with 6219. The last steam ended in Ontario on April 21-22 1959. Renowned photographer Newton Rossiter captured this black and white footage on 16mm film during 1959 that included some of the last runs of steam in Ontario, Canada. In Manitoba in June of 1959 we see a variety of 4-6-0’s, 2-8-0’s, 2-8-2’s, 4-6-2’s, and various 4-8-2’s including the semi-streamlined 6060 series in freight and passenger operations.

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