Canadian National 6060 was in the last group of steam engines built for the Canadian National in 1944. These Mountain type 4-8-2's were used in both freight and passenger service until steam ended in 1959. The locomotive is stationed at the Alberta Prairie railroad in Stettler, Alberta today, and runs period trips, to give 2-8-0 number 41 a break now and then. We centered a western trip around a scheduled trip in 1999, since the longest possible trip was to be a June 20th run from Stettler to Coronation. The normal run to Big Valley is around 14 miles but this would be 60 miles one-way. We get there early and enjoy some in-cab scenes showing veteran engineer Harry Home teaching a crew-member the art of lighting a fire in this oil-burner. Next we see the preparations by the crew and some switching to get the train ready for the run.
We follow the train and get several good trackside views of the train eastbound to Coronation, and a couple of westbound views, which were run tender-first since there was no way to turn the train in Coronation. The line to Coronation was operated by a short-line regional railroad and the line was not profitable enough, thus it has been abandoned. This makes the 6060 trip significant and historical in many ways. Speeds are not great but they are likely a little faster than the Big Valley trip, but overall it is good to see 6060 out on a lengthy run in this video. We have fond memories of 6060 from the 1970's running out of Toronto, and then in 1986 when we shot it to Vancouver from Jasper. It is an elegant locomotive and the only operational 4-8-2 in North America.
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Greg Scholl Video Productions
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CN 6060 Steam Special DVD
STEAMBOY (Revere mass) on 2015-04-13 20:10:42.
4 of 5
This program was shot on the same time period for the day at portage la prairie program, & more real railfan themed than the riding the alberta prairie railroad. What's really strange is that at the end of the program, 6060 would pull the train tender first, then the water car, the main coaches, and the caboose too.
Additional remarks by STEAMBOY: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Definitely.