Monday, August 15, 2011

Trains and Mountains: Old Alco on Display in Cranbrook, B.C.

If you're in Cranbrook, B.C., on your way south to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel on Highway 95, the first thing you pass on the west side of the road are these old, worn and tired units--ex-CP MLW (Alco) FA-2 4090 and FB-2 4469.

The two locomotives were built in 1953, and started work in B.C. before being assigned back east.

According to reports, the goal is to repaint the units into their original maroon and gold (if funds can be found). Below find a photo of the 4090 during its Action Red years. (Photo by Ted Ellis from Canadian Pacific Railway Locomotive Roster and Photo Archives.)

Also by the units is an old CPR enclosed water tower and the old Elko, B.C. station. Both are also owned by the Museum.

1 comment:

  1. Hi JDL56.........
    Found your blog a short while ago, and have been reading and following along since.
    Excellent writing and appreciate all the photos you include with each blog entry.
    I used to be into model railroading but have been out for many a year.
    For now I can live it vicariously thru your blog.
    Keep up the good work.

    Glen Schattner
    Sanford, Manitoba
    *** For the time being I watch the CEMR roll thru Sanford ***