CP moves historic 4-4-0 to Calgary headquarters

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CALGARY — Canadian Pacific moved an historic 4-4-0 locomotive over the weekend from downtown Calgary to its corporate headquarters on the southeast edge of the city.

Locomotive No. 29 had been on display outside its corporate headquarters at Gulf Canada Square in downtown Calgary since the 1990s. In 2012, the railroad moved its offices out of downtown to Ogden Yard. CP spokesperson Andy Cummings tells Trains News Wire that CP has planned on moving the locomotive to its new corporate campus for a couple of years and it will be put back on display. Cummings says the locomotive will also receive a new coat of paint.

Locomotive No. 29 was built by the CP in 1887. It and two other 4-4-0 locomotives gained notoriety among railroad enthusiasts in the 1950s working on a rural branch line in New Brunswick, even attracting Trains Magazine’s David P. Morgan and Philip R. Hastings during their iconic Steam Safari that was chronicled in the magazine. In November 1960, No. 29 became the last CP steam locomotive to operate on the railroad during the steam era when it led a special excursion in Montreal. The locomotive was put on display soon after.

No. 29 was briefly restored to operation in the 1980s on the Salem & Hillsborough Railroad in New Brunswick. Unfortunately, its time back in steam was cut short in 1994 when it was heavily damaged in a shop fire. After the fire, CP purchased the locomotive and put it on display in Calgary.

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