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Some photos and information of the cars that help support the Empress Program

2618 tender

2816's tender is actually from H1c 2822.

Tender photo

35508 - Auxiliary Tender - Auxiliary tender (water canteen) is originally from Delaware and Hudson 4-6-6-4 1517 retired in October 1952. It was in maintenance of way service and was rebuilt and upgraded 2002 for service with the Empress.

29114

29114 - CPR Express Box Car - Built by National Steel Car in July 1937 this car is an original high speed express car built and equipped for passenger service on the Canadian Pacific's passenger trains. Today the car is equipped as a tool and support car. It also houses the water softener for treating the water that goes into the 2816.

96

96 - Power Car - Former Canadian Pacific 400901, ex-VIA/CN 15442 was built by Canadian Car and Foundry in 1956. This power car provides support for the coaches and crew sleeper in the Empress Train.

99 - Future Tool/Support Car - Built by American Car and Foundry this former Union Pacific baggage car (UP 904223, UP 5655) was acquired in 2004 to become a baggage/tool car supporting the Empress program.

101 - "Dominion" - Coach - Built by Canadian Car and Foundry in 1954, this car serves as one of two coaches assigned to the steam program. The car was acquired from BC Rail in 2002 for use with the Empress Program. While on BC Rail it was BCOL 155940 "Seton" and is ex-VIA/CN 5594.

102 - "Ernest "Smoky" Smith, VC" - Coach - Built by Canadian Car and Foundry in 1954, this car serves as one of two coaches assigned to the steam program. It was first named "Laurentian" while in the CP Steam Program. In 2003 it was later renamed to honor Canadian War veteran Ernest "Smoky" Smith, VC - the last surviving Canadian Victoria Cross recipient. The car was acquired from BC Rail in 2002 for use with the Empress Program. While on BC Rail it was BCOL 156180 "Dragon" and is ex-VIA/CN 5618.

110 - "H.B. Bowen" - Crew Sleeper - Built by Pullman Standard in 1954, this car serves as the home away from home for the Empress Steam Crew. It was acquired in 2004 after having been leased from the BC Rail. The car was originally one of 50 similar cars and built as an 8-4-4 sleeper having 8 duplex roomettes, 4 double bedrooms and 4 sections. While on BC Rail it was rebuilt and became BCOL 1711 "Caulfield" for crew use on the Whistler Northwind train. Prior to BC Rail it was privately owned and originally was ex-VIA/CN 1137 "Enfield". The car is named for H.B. Bowen the Canadian Pacific Master Mechanic and designer of the H1 locomotive.

1900 - EMD F9B diesel unit - Built in January 1955 (s/n A629) by General Motors Division Canada, this 1750HP diesel unit serves the train on longer distance runs for braking and additional horsepower on longer trains. It is assigned to the steam program and occasionally is seen on the Royal Canadian Pacific. The 1900 was acquired in 1998 from the Nebkota Railway (Nebkota 66) it was originally VIA/CN 6612.


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