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Canadian Pacific class G5
Canada | 1946 | 102 produced
Contemporary photo of No. 1201, still in existence today
Contemporary photo of No. 1201, still in existence today
collection Ralph Currie

Starting in 1946, the Canadian Pacific had class G5 Pacific locomotives built for use on branch lines. With a adhesive weight of only 151.000 pounds, these had a low axle load by North American standards. Contrary to the field of application of most locomotives with this wheel arrangement, they were intended for use in front of passenger and freight trains, which was also noticeable in the driving wheel diameter of 70 inches.

From an initially planned number of 600, only 102 were finally built, as more and more diesel locomotives were put into service. For the same reason, only ten years after the end of production, the first examples were retired and in 1960 the last ones disappeared. Today there are still three pieces that are currently only statically on display, but could possibly be made operational again.

ManufacturerMontreal Locomotive Works, Canadian Locomotive Co.
Axle config4-6-2 (Pacific) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length76 ft 4 1/8 in
Wheelbase33 ft 7 1/2 in
Fixed wheelbase13 ft
Service weight229,500 lbs
Adhesive weight151,000 lbs
Total weight420,500 lbs
Axle load50,333 lbs
Water capacity9,600 us gal
Fuel capacity28,000 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power2,750 hp (2,051 kW)
Optimal speed52 mph
Top speed85 mph
Starting effort34,000 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter70 in
Boiler pressure250 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 20 x 28 in
Grate area45.6 sq ft
Firebox area199 sq ft
Tube heating area2,377 sq ft
Evaporative heating area2,576 sq ft
Superheater area744 sq ft
Total heating area3,320 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 06/2022

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