CP T1a Non-Streamlined Selkirk
Beginning in 1929, the Canadian Pacific began ordering massive 2-10-4 “Selkirk” type locomotives which were to power freight over the Selkirk Mountain Range. The first order of (10) locomotives from the Montreal Locomotive Works were built in July of 1929, and a second order of (10) was built in November of 1938. All (20) were built as un-streamlined. Classified T1a & numbered #5900-#5919, they sat on 63″ drivers, ran at 275psi, burned oil, and produced a total of 78,000lb of TE, plus an additional 12,000 with the added booster. They were considered the most powerful non-articulated freight locomotives in the British Empire. At times, they were used for 23 miles in pusher service westbound out of Revelstoke. Due to their extreme weight, they were limited to where they could operate. All were taken out of service by 1959.
Unfortunately, none of the T1a Selkirks were saved from the scrapper’s torch.
CP T1a Non-Streamlined Selkirk set includes: Engine with plow, Engine without plow, Tender, (2) CP Wood Cabooses
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