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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Canadian National Railways #47

 
 
Canadian National Railways #47 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Canadian National Railways #47 Marker
Inscription. In 1914, the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada purchased six 4-6-4T locomotives from the Montreal Locomotive Works, a division of the American Locomotive Company. This Baltic tank locomotive carried coal and water in a coal bin and water tank built into the locomotive's frame, instead of in a separate tender coupled to its end.

Its large, sixty-three-inch drive wheels indicate that #47 was built for passenger service and it was so employed, providing commuter service in suburban Montreal. This type of locomotive also operated in the United States, particularly in and around the metropolitan areas of Boston, Chicago, and New York City.

"...the double-ender tank locomotives have proved practically indispensable on certain short runs where facilities for turning the engines are lacking. The locomotives operate in either direction with equal facility, and are well liked by the enginemen."
-Paul Werner described the first 4-6-4T locomotives built for the Central Railroad of New Jersey in Baldwin Locomotives, 1926.
 
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 24.514′ N, 75° 40.285′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Mechanic
Canadian National Railways #47 and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. Canadian National Railways #47 and Marker
Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located near the cross walk over the railroad line in Steamtown National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Pacific #4012 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bullard Company #2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Oil House Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Oil House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Oil House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tank Car (about 300 feet away); Steamtown (about 300 feet away); 1902 Roundhouse Office (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
More about this marker. The photo of the engine at the bottom of the marker is captioned, Canadian National Railways #47 served on the suburban Montreal commuter service. Today, it is the only surviving 4-6-4T Baltic Tank locomotive in the United States.
 
Also see . . .
1. Canadian National Railways #47. (PDF) Additional information from the Park Service site. (Submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Canadian National Railways #3254. Park service page discussing
Canadian National Railways #3254 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. Canadian National Railways #3254
Interpretive marker in the roundhouse for one of the Park's active locomotives:
In 1917, during Canada's third year of involvement in World War I, the publicly owned Canadian Government Railways invested in a large stable of modern motive power. Among the locomotives pruchased was #3254, a 2-8-2 Mikado-type freight locomotive, built in the Canadian Locomotive Company's Kingston, Ontario, plant.

Although originally designed to haul heavy freight trains, #3254 now pulls excursion trains across and over the rugged terrain surrounding Steamtown National Historic Site.
this functional engine used for excursions. (Submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Canadian National Railways #3254 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
4. Canadian National Railways #3254
One of the other Canadian National Railways locomotives in the park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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