Canadian Empress On The Morant Curve
Canadian Pacific’s #2816 is a beast!
In April 2004, CP #2816 made the first passenger carrying journey from Calgary to Vancouver in nearly 50 years on the historic Morant’s Curve. She is currently slated for return to service in 2023.
The CP 2816 Empress is the only survivor of a group of “Hudson” type locomotives built in the 1930’s by the Montreal Locomotive Works. The “Hudson” type locomotives were named after the Hudson River and was built as a high-powered, fast passenger locomotive. Her route included the distance between Winnipeg and Calgary. She had 4,700 horsepower and regularly operated at 70 miles per hour!
Some quick facts about CP #2816
- Rail Line: Canadian Pacific
- Train Name: Canadian Pacific CP 2816 Empress
- Power type: 4-6-4 Steam Locomotive Hudson Class
- Builder: Montreal Locomotives Works
- Train type: Passenger
- Location: Winnipeg to Calgary
- Fuel: Coal changed to Oil
Let us know if you have ever seen the Canadian Empress in action. Would love to hear your experience!