2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in Canada

The first 2-8-0 was built by Matthias Baldwin in 1866. The locomotive was named "Consolidation" in honor of the recent consolidation of the Beaver Meadow, Penn Haven & White Haven and Lehigh & Mahanoy railroads into the Lehigh Valley.

The Consolidation became the principal hauler on most main lines. More "Consolidations" were built than any other wheel arrangement. Roughly 23,000 were built for use in the USA and 12,000 for export. Relatively small fireboxes and driver no larger than 63 inches limited both steaming capacity and speed.


Railroads that used 2-8-0 "Consolidation" locomotives in Canada (data provided by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media)

Surviving Examples of 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in Canada

No.ClassF.M. WhyteGaugeRailroad LineLocationStatusBuilder InfoNotes
732-8-04'-8½"N'rn AB RYs Alberta Railway Museum, Edmonton, ABrestorationCLC #1821, 1927
3651N-2-a2-8-04'-8½"CPRCPR station, Lethbridge, ABdisplayMontreal Locomotive Works #48339, 1910
41 (9)2-8-04'-8½"JLC&E (SLSF) Alberta Prairie Railway, Stettler, ABoperationalBaldwin #54266, 1920 ex Mississippian
562-8-04'-8½"Pacific Great EasternAnderson Lake, BCsunk
2141M-3-d2-8-04'-8½"CNR Kamloops Heritage Railway, Kamloops, BCoperationalCLC #1059, 1912
27272-8-04'-8½"CNRKamloops Lake, BCsunk
532-8-04'-8½"Pacific Great EasternSeton Lake, BCsunkCLC #1242, 1914
3512 (1712)M4g2-8-04'-8½"CPRSlocan Lake, BCsunkBaldwin #30752, 05/1907 Resting upright in 600 feet of water.
3716 (3916)N2b2-8-04'-8½"CPR Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Summerland, BCoperationalMontreal Locomotive Works #51628, 1912 Featured in 'The Grey Fox', from Province of BC, N. Vancouver, BC
2747N-5-c2-8-04'-8½"CNR Kinsmen Park, Transcona, MBdisplayCNR (Transcona) #46880, 1926
2534N-4-a2-8-04'-8½"CNR Brighton Railway Museum, Brighton, ONprivateMontreal Locomotive Works #40587, 1906 from Belleville
137 (2164)M-3-e2-8-04'-8½"Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Cochrane Railway and Pioneer Museum, Cochrane, ONdisplayCLC #1157, 1913
2616N-4-a2-8-04'-8½"CNR Haliburton Soccer Club, Haliburton, ONdisplayALCO (Brooks) #49664, 1911
5032-8-04'-8½"Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Wyld Street parking lot, North Bay, ONstoredCLC #1902, 1930 From Lee Park
1032-8-04'-8½"Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton, ONdisplayMontreal Locomotive Works #48837, 1910
3388M3b2-8-04'-8½"CPR Canadian Railway Museum, Delson, QCdisplayALCO (Schenectady) #26115, 1902
2601N-4-a2-8-04'-8½"CNR Canadian Railway Museum, Delson, QCdisplayMontreal Locomotive Works #43160, 1907
9092-8-04'-8½"Hull Chelsea & Wakefield H.C.W Steam Train, Hull, QCoperationalSweden, 1907 Sold, current whereabouts unknown
3522M4g2-8-04'-8½"CPR Railway Ave and Main St, Bienfait, SKdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #31053, 07/1907
57 (3)2-8-036"WP&Y (KMR) Klondike Mines Railway Locomotive Shelter, Dawson City, YTdisplayBaldwin #16456, 1899 Vauclain compound
55 (2)2-8-036"WP&Y (KMR) Klondike Mines Railway Locomotive Shelter, Dawson City, YTdisplayBaldwin #7597, 1885

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