Canadian Pacific 2317
Canadian Pacific #2317
Owners: Canadian Pacific Railway, #2317
Builder: Montreal Locomotive Works, June, 1923
The Canadian Pacific #2317 was built in 1923 as a heavy passenger locomotive. It was built as the eighteenth locomotive of the G-3-c series. (On the Canadian Pacific, "G" stood for the 4-6-2 "Pacific"-type locomotive. The "3" means it was the third design of this wheel arrangement, and the "c" means it was the third production run.) Ultimately, it proved a good design and CPR eventually acquired 173 G-3 4-6-2 steam locomotives. (Only two survive.) It remained in operation until 1959 when, after 36 years of service, it was placed in storage.
F. Nelson Blount acquired the locomotive for his Steamtown Foundation. After Blount's death, the Foundation did bring the 2317 back to operation in 1978. It moved -- with the Steamtown collection -- to Scranton, PA, in 1984, and was donated to the National Park Service in 1987.
At the end of the 2009 season, CP 2317 was moved to the Roundhouse for storage, awaiting it's mandatory 1,472-day FRA-mandated inspection at some future time.
Did You Know?
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