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 Post subject: Former CNR 6218
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:51 pm 

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Another locomotive people are eager to criticize, but haven't visited is the end of steam queen, CNR 6218, in Fort Erie, Ontario.

I had been told 6218 was a wreck and only a rusted mass. THis is a gross over-statement. The Northern his issues that need immediate addressing, but she is still in a fair state to get that attention.

Her cab needs some further weather proofing to keep water out. The wood lining shows mildew damage. Her gauges are in the usual condition, without glass, but most are present. The locomotive is not protected with a fence, so the smell of urine is present.
This loco needs to be scraped and painted. The worst damage is the bottom of the smokebox face, which has daylight coming through. An earlier patch by CNR shops is apparent, and this was a common problem in the steam era. I doubt her stack is capped. The roof, promised when she was first placed, never materialized. She could be pulled out for restoration, but the locomotive, a caboose and two buildings are the Ft. Erie Railroad Museum. I should add, the caboose is a traditional, wood sided hack. The interior is excellent - the exterior needs a qualified carpenter and some railroad historians to direct the repair. A locked fence, a roof, paint, oil and grease would do 6218 well. Of all the U class CNR 4-8-4's, she is in the most need of help.

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 Post subject: Re: Former CNR 6218
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:10 pm 

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Richard,

Either something will happen, or nothing will happen. It's entirely up to the City of Fort Erie people. I hear there are discussions about what to do with 6218, but that could result in anything along the continuum of nothing at all to moving her elsewhere.

People have made efforts in the past to try and get something done with that engine, but the City has been the major obstacle. Among other things, I think they are opposed to allowing volunteers to work on it, but then again, they don't have the money to pay for work to be done to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Former CNR 6218
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:57 pm 

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I'd take that rusted piece of junk (???) over most park locomotives that I've seen any day ! As you said a good coat of paint and a secure shelter would do wonders for the old girl !

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 Post subject: Re: Former CNR 6218
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:05 pm 

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Nothing does more for these park queens than to have a roof over her and a fence around her.

Fall 1969: I was an 18 year old co-op engineering student at General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan. I rode the GTW/CN train to Toronto, stayed in a flea bag motel room, and rode behind the 6218 to Stratford, Paris Jct.(?) and then highballed back to Toronto. I stood in the baggage car looking through the end door at the rear of that vanderbilt tender tank. We were going about 80 mph and the tank was rocking one way as the baggage car rocked the other way. What a thrill..............and the real Col. Harlan (KFC) Sanders rode the truss rod business car. He was frail, even then.


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