Canadian National Santa Fe

No, that’s not a new, merged railway à la BNSF. Rather, it’s CNR 4204 – a T-3-a 2-10-2 (Santa Fe type) beast of a locomotive:

CNR 4204

While visiting Exporail with the S Scale Workshop this past weekend, I was able to collect CNR 4204, built for me by my friend Simon Parent. Simon truly is one of the top builders in our hobby, in any scale. His work is impeccable.

I did not buy this to run on the Port Rowan layout. Such a locomotive would’ve collapsed the bridge at Caledonia and busted all the rails in the two towns I model. For the time being, this one is primarily for running on the S Scale Workshop modular layout.

That said, I’ll want to be able to test it on my own layout from time to time. Even though it won’t fit on the turntable at Port Rowan, it will need to turn a wheel now and then to keep it in good working order.

I was pleased that Simon designed this massive machine to negotiate a 40″ radius, even if it looks a bit pinched in the process. Here it is on the 42″ radius leading into Port Rowan:

CNR 4204

And just how big is a T-3-a? Well, it hulks over a Mogul:

Extra 80 West - Glanford cutoff

CNR 80 and CNR 4204

CNR 2-10-2s were used in the Toronto area to help shove eastbound trains up the Don Valley. But the trains on the line I model also needed help – not 2-10-2s, but 2-8-2s – to scale the Niagara Escarpment as they headed south (railway west) out of Hamilton. Those helpers would be cut in behind the road power, as suggested in the above photos. I guess in this case, the crews forgot to cut out the helper at Glanford and just got lucky with the bridge…

Thanks, Simon: Great work as always!

8 thoughts on “Canadian National Santa Fe

  1. Great looking loco – you are lucky to have access to a builder like Simon.

    Photos of the August outing were great- thanks for sharing.

  2. Nobody can tell you you can’t run a loco on your layout, regardless of its length or height, or anything else. It’s your railroad, run what you want. You only have to run like the prototype when you want to run like the prototype. Have fun, always. Walt

  3. Great photos for those of us in the distance.It really looks well done. I recognized your module immediately over on the S Scale Workshop page about the show. How many of your modules did you take to the show? I thought I saw a second one.

  4. Trevor,

    Your locomotive looks great, both on your layout and of course hauling the coal on the modules. I like the new scenery on your modules too. I followed along with the workshop remodel and picked up a few pointers, but it is good to see some more of your train photos again.

    Mike S

  5. That 2-10-2 is absolutely stunning! The S-scale workshop layout is beautiful; one of the very best to showcase model railways. Thanks for posting.
    Cheers, Gord

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