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Equipment Roster of the 1939 Canadian Royal Train
 
 
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This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. Any additions or corrections, please email.
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ROYAL TRAIN LOCOMOTIVES
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
Locomotives are in the order they pulled the train.

Canadian National #6028, a U-1-b 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled a test run consisting of six of the Royal Train cars on May 1, 1939 along the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Brockville, Ont. This locomotive was specially painted in a royal blue -- with the royal coat of arms -- for service on the Royal Train. It didn't get to pull the train with the Royals aboard until the train was Eastbound in the last few days of the Royal Tour (see below).

Southern Railway #718 This 4-4-0 locomotive was not Canadian by any means, but it was the first locomotive to pull Their Majesties on their trip to Canada -- in this case from London to the port at Portsmouth. Pullman cars Marjorie and Montana were in the consist.

Canadian Pacific #2850, a Class H-1-d 4-6-4 Hudson type, specially painted in royal blue and silver with gold trim just for the Royal Tour of 1939. The locomotive pulled the Royal Train over its entire Westbound journey. It bore the royal arms over its headlight and Imperial Crowns decorated each running board. Preserved at Exporail in Delson, Quebec.

Canadian National #5117, a J-4-d 4-6-2 Pacific type. Pulled the Royal Train from Westminster BC to Kamloops Jct. Painted in a royal blue -- with the royal coat of arms -- for service on the Royal Train.
Canadian National #6057, a U-1-e 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled the eastbound Royal Train from Kamloops to Jasper. W.H.Skippen was one of its engineers. This locomotive pulled the train mostly at night and in lightly populated areas, so it was not painted blue for the tour.
Canadian National #6047, another U-1-e 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled the eastbound Royal train from Jasper to Nakina, Ont. Painted in a royal blue with gold lettering and crowns towards the front of the running boards.

Canadian National #6400, a 4-8-4 streamlined Confederation (Northern) type, specially painted in royal blue with gold trim just for the occasion. Bore the royal coat of arms in service. Preserved at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

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NYC Steam
New York Central #?, a J3 4-6-4 Super Hudson type. The locomotive took over from CN 6400 on the American side of the International Bridge at Niagara Falls, NY and hauled the train to Buffalo, NY.
5385
5442
PRR Steam
Pennsylvania Railroad #5385 & 5442, both K-4 4-6-2 Pacific types. Double-headed the Royal Train from Buffalo, NY to Baltimore, MD. Equipped with 21,000 gallon tenders to eliminate water stops.
5038
PRR Steam
Pennsylvania Railroad #5038, a K-4 4-6-2 Pacific type. Added at Harrisburg.
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PRR Electric
Pennsylvania Railroad, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Royal Train from Baltimore, MD to Washington, DC.
4838
PRR Electric
Pennsylvania Railroad #4838, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Royal Train from Washington, DC to Jamesburg, NJ. Scrapped ~1980 at Hubbard, OH.
5385
5442
PRR Steam

Pennsylvania Railroad #5385 & 5442, both K-4 4-6-2 pacific types returning to the Royal Train. First, the locomotives double-headed the Royal Train from Jamesburg, NJ to Redbank, NJ -- where the Royals disembarked to later rejoin the train in NY. The double-headed steamers then pulled the Royal Train, sans Royals, to Union Tower near Rahway, NJ.

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PRR Electric
Pennsylvania Railroad #?, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Royal Train, without the Royals aboard, from Union Tower to New York's Penn Station.
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NH Electric
New Haven Railroad #?, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Royal Train, without the Royals aboard, from New York's Penn Station to Mott Haven Yard, NY.
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NYC Steam
New York Central #?, a J3 4-6-4 Super Hudson type. The locomotive took the Royal Train, without the Royals aboard, from Mott Haven Yard, NY to Poughkeepsie New York Yard and on to Hyde Park, NY to await the return of the Royals. The locomotive then pulled the train to Troy, NY.
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D&H Steam
Delaware & Hudson Railroad #? & ?, both 4-6-2 Pacific types. Double-headed the Royal Train from Troy, NY to Delson, Quebec.

Canadian Pacific #2850, took over duties once again and pulled the Royal Train from Delson to Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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2658
CP Steam Canadian Pacific #2625 & 2658, both G2 4-6-2 light Pacific types. Double-headed the Royal Train from Sherbrooke to Joffre, Quebec.

Canadian National #6028, a U-1-b 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive had pulled a test run of the Royal Train back on May 1. Finally it got to pull the Royal Train with the Royal on board -- from Joffre, Quebec to Newcastle, New Brunswick, where the Royals disembarked and motored to Fredericton.

Canadian Pacific #2657, a 4-6-2 Pacific type. The track from Fredericton to St. John, NS was not heavy enough to support the Royal Train, so this small locomotive pulled a lighter train over this route with the King and Queen on board. The locomotive and cars were not specially painted for their royal service, although the locomotive was freshly painted and all lettering and figures were in gold leaf. The cars were (back to front) president's car THOROLD, vice-president's car ST ANDREWS, Pullman STANBRIDGE (S series 12-Section-1-Drawing Room sleeper), Pullman SOVEREIGN (S series 12-Section-1-Drawing Room sleeper), a day coach and a baggage car.

Canadian National #6028, a U-1-b 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive next pulled the Royal Train (without the Royals) from New Brunswick to Saint John. Then, with the Royals back on board, the train continued to Tormentine where they disembarked for a boat trip to Prince Edward Island. The train, with 6028 in the lead, met the Royals again in New Glasgow and the locomotive triumphantly took them to their final Canadian destination, Halifax, NS.

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British Royal Train locomotive
Railroad? #?, pulled the Royal Train from the Southampton Docks to Waterloo upon the Royals' return to Britian on 22 June, 1939. The train consisted of an engine, Pullman car LADY DAZIEL (for railway officials), Pullman car MARJORIE (for various Royals and military officials), Pullman car NIOBE (for the King and Queen and various Royals), Pullman car CECELIA (for servants), Pullman car MONTANA (for police officials), and a vestibuled baggage van (railcar).
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ROYAL TRAIN CARS
CAR NOTES
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The cars of the Royal Train were decorated in royal blue with a car-length band of aluminum running across the window area. The aluminum panels were applied in diamond-shaped designs to flash more brilliantly in the sun. Above and below the windows were thin gold bands running the length of each car. The last two cars, where the King and Queen stayed, carried the royal coat of arms in the center under the windows. Each car featured a radio and telephone. The six Canadian National cars were prepared at their Point St. Charles shops. The six Canadian Pacific cars were prepared at their Angus shops. All but the last two cars of the train carried the royal cypher and crown centered below their window lines and a royal crown at each end of the blue stripe above the window line.
CP End Door Baggage Car 4473. Contained a small Bellis & Morcom vertical steam engine driving a 75KW 40 to 75 volt generator to supply the train with electricity. This was powered by steam from the locomotive. Also contained a set of six floodlights to illuminate the train and its surroundings at night.
CP Baggage Sleeper 4484. Contained refrigerated food storage and a telephone PBX switchboard to connect the train with telephone service at various stops. Also contained a steam pressing table, ironing board and storage for uniforms and linens. The car also provided sleeping quarters for some of the train's staff.
CN Dining Car 1330 -- the latest type put into service -- with seating for 40.
CP 8-Section-4-Bedroom Sleeping Car VICEROY -- provided sleeping quarters for several Canadian Mounties, plus a barber shop.
CP 14-Chambrette Car GRAND PRE -- held the Train Office and provided sleeping accommodations for several officials. The car now resides at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, B.C and may eventually be restored to its Royal Train livery.
CN Business Car 99. Used by the Lord-in-Waiting and the Lord Chamberlain.
CN 6-Compartment Lounge Car ATLANTIC 1196 used by other members of the royal party.
CP Private Car WENTWORTH was used by the Prime Minister and his staff. Currently in service as the "Royal Wentworth" with the Royal Canadian Pacific Tour Train out of Calgary.
CN 6-Compartment Lounge Car PACIFIC 1197 used by other members of the royal party.
CP 14-Chambrette Car GRAND MANAN. Provided accommodations for the personal servants of Their Majesties.
CN Governor General's Car #2. This car featured a large sitting room, and, ahead of that, a dining room with seating for 12. The car carried the royal coat of arms centered below the windows. Preserved at the Canada Technology and Science Museum in Ottawa, ON.
CN Governor General's Car #1 - Open end observation car. Contained two bedroom suites for the King and Queen, a sitting room overlooking the rear platform, and two bedrooms for members of the royal staff. The car carried the royal coat of arms centered below the windows. The royal couple only left the train overnight in four places during the tour -- Ottawa, the Rocky Mountain resorts of Banff and Jasper, and Victoria, BC.   Preserved at the Canada Technology and Science Museum in Ottawa, ON.
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PILOT TRAIN LOCOMOTIVES
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
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The Pilot Train accommodated security personnel, correspondents, photographers and radio commentators. It preceded the Royal Train by 20-30 minutes.
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CP Steam

Canadian Pacific #2851, a Class H-1-d 4-6-4 Hudson type. Matched 2850's performance in hauling its train 3,224 miles across Canada without replacement or breakdown. No special paint for the royal tour.

Canadian National #5118, a J-4-d 4-6-2 Pacific type. Pulled the Pilot Train from Westminster BC to Kamloops Jct. No special paint for the royal tour.
Canadian National #6058, a U-1-e 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled the eastbound Pilot Train from Kamloops to Jasper. No special paint for the royal tour.
6048
CN Steam
Canadian National #6048, another U-1-e 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled the eastbound Pilot Train from Jasper to Nakina, Ont. No special paint for the royal tour.
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CN Steam

Canadian National #6401, a 4-8-4 streamlined Confederation (Northern) type. No special paint for the royal tour.

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5432
PRR Steam
Pennsylvania Railroad #5453 & 5432, both K-4 4-6-2 Pacific types. Double-headed the Pilotl Train from Buffalo, NY to Baltimore, MD. Equipped with 21,000 gallon tenders to eliminate water stops.
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PRR Steam
Pennsylvania Railroad #3669, a K-4 4-6-2 Pacific type. Added at Harrisburg.
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PRR Electric
Pennsylvania Railroad #?, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Pilot Train from Baltimore, MD to Washington, DC.
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PRR Electric
Pennsylvania Railroad #4818, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Pilot Train from Washington, DC to Jamesburg, NJ.
5453
5432
PRR Steam

Pennsylvania Railroad #5453 & 5432, both K-4 4-6-2 Pacific types. First, the locomotives double-headed the Pilot Train from Jamesburg, NJ to Redbank, NJ. Then double-headed the train to Union Tower near Rahway, NJ.

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PRR Electric
Pennsylvania Railroad #?, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Pilot Train from Union Tower to New York's Penn Station.
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NH Electric
New Haven Railroad #?, a GG-1 Electric type. Took the Pilot Train from New York's Penn Station to Mott Haven Yard, NY.
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NYC Steam
New York Central #?, a J3 4-6-4 Super Hudson type. The locomotive took the Pilot Train from Mott Haven Yard, NY to Poughkeepsie New York Yard and on to Hyde Park, NY to await the return of the Royals to the Royal Train. The locomotive then pulled the Pilot Train to Troy, NY.
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D&H Steam
Delaware & Hudson Railroad #? & ?, both 4-6-2 pacific types. Double-headed the Pilot Train from Troy, NY to Delson, Quebec.
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CP Steam

Canadian Pacific #2851, took over duties once again and pulled the Pilot Train from Delson to Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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2629
CP Steam
Canadian Pacific #2609 & 2629, both G2 4-6-2 light Pacific types. Double-headed the Pilot Train from Sherbrooke to Joffre, Quebec. No special paint for the royal tour.

Canadian National #6030, a U-1-b 4-8-2 Mountain type. Pulled the Pilot Train from Joffre, Quebec to Newcastle, New Brunswick, where the Royals disembarked the Royal Train and motored to Fredericton. The locomotive then pulled the Pilot Train to Saint John. No special paint for the royal tour.

Canadian National #6036, a U-1-b 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled the Pilot Train from Saint John to the end of the tour in Halifax, NS. No special paint for the royal tour.

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PILOT TRAIN CARS
CAR NOTES
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The cars of the pilot train provided accommodations for correspondents, photographers, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and excess baggage that would not fit on the royal train. No special paint for the royal tour.
CN Baggage Car 8726 (in the US 8826) - Contained a power generator for the train - a Winton 6-cylinder gasoline engine driving a 70KW, 40 to 75 volt DC generator.
CN Baggage Car 8719 (in the US 8727)
CN Baggage Car 8728 - Contained a power generator, a photographic darkroom, and a post office.
CP Baggage Dorm 4489- Preserved at the Shogomoc Railway Museum in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. Provided quarters for the diner crew.
CP Diner ARDENCAPLE, an 'A' Series 36-seat dining car built in 1931. Sold in February 1962.
CN 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car BOWMANVILLE
CN 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car EDMONTON
CN 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car KAMSACK
CN 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car THE PAS
CP 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car SLOCAN CITY, an S Class car.
CP 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car SILVERTON, an S Class car.
CP Lounge-Sleeper RIVER CLYDE - Contained a steam pressing table.
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Sleeper
Pullman 12-Section-DR Sleeping Car, added as space for US press reporters for the US portion of the tour.
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Sleeper
Pullman 6-Compartment 3 Drawing Room Sleeping Car, added as space for US press reporters for the US portion of the tour.
4500
Diner
PRR AC Dining Car 4500, added at Harrisburg, PA for the trip into Washington. Also added to the train at Philadelphia on the return trip north where the car stayed on until Penn Station, New York City.
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GUARD TRAIN LOCOMOTIVES
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
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The Guard Train is shrouded in mystery. If you know anything about the Guard Train or when and why it was used on any portion of the route, please contact us here at ThemeTrains.com.
6052
CN Steam
Canadian National #6052, a U-1-e 4-8-2 Mountain type. This locomotive pulled the Guard Train ahead of both the Pilot Train and the Royal Train from Saskatoon to Winnipeg on the Eastbound leg. No special paint for the royal tour.
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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: Larry Shaak, Mary Jayne & John Z. Rowe, Adolf & Okan Hungry Wolf, Lon Marsh, everyone at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Jerry LaBoda's Passenger Car Photo Index, George Elwood's Fallen Flags, Don Stack's comprehensive UtahRails.net website, Chris Baer and Lucas Clawson of the Hagley Museum & Library. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the railroad equipment of the 1939 Royal Tour of Canada!
 
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