Gananoque - Thousand Islands Railway #500
Posted by: Cdn Howlers
N 44° 19.667 W 076° 09.881
18T E 407138 N 4908939
Quick Description: An unusual & classic locomotive of the Thousand Islands Railway
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 4:47:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMDMYF
Thousand Islands Railway ran from 1885 to 1996 from the Toronto-Montral CN (formerly Grand Trunk)line to the Gananoque waterfront.
The TIR formerly operated Forney and tank type steam locomotives, until acquiring the one of a kind #500, which is a diesel converted from electric for CN, who started operating it on the TIR in 1931.
Locomotive Type: (required): Diesel Electric
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Thousand Islands Railway 500, one-of-a-kind homebuilt diesel rebuilt by CN owned-Oshawa (electric) Railway from an electric locomotive. Trucks and traction motors from Oshawa 42 were utilized along with twin 125 HP Waukesha gas engines. Other parts were provided by Whitcomb, who assigned it their builders number 50006 12/30. This tiny 35 ton unit operated briefly on the Oshawa Railway before becoming Thousand Islands 500 in March 1931 where it operated on the tiny CN-owned railway. In 1947 it was re-engined with twin 142 HP Cummins diesels. It was retired in April 1963 and finally put on display in April 1966 in Gananoque where it ran most of its life.
From "Old Time Trains" article by R.L. Kennedy
Do you need to pay an entrance fee to view this locomotive? (required): No
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