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Locomotive 6167

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Farqhuar Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Locomotive 6167, built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1940, was one of 203 “Northern” locomotives used by Canadian National Railways (CN) for passenger and freight service.  No. 6167 spent most of her working life in the Moncton, New Brunswick area, and during the Second World War she hauled troops and supplies to the eastern ports.

On July 6, 1943 at 3:18 pm, east of Montreal, 6167 was involved in a full-speed head-on collision with her sister engine, 6166, killing engineer J. Lavasseur and two firemen, and injuring many others. Damage to 6167 was extensive but due to a critical war-time shortage of locomotives, she was repaired and continued in service until 1960, when CN replaced all of its steam engines with diesel engines.

No. 6167 was given a new lease on life when CN chose her for special excursion trips. Between 1960 and 1964, she hauled about 40,000 passengers on popular pleasure trips throughout Ontario, becoming known at Canada’s “most photographed locomotive.”

After retiring her to a Toronto roundhouse in September 1964, CN presented Locomotive 6167 to the City of Guelph in 1967 in honour of Canada’s centennial.

Guelph city council established the Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee in 2002, comprised of railroad enthusiasts and City staff. Their mission was to restore 6167 as a static display for the citizens of Guelph.  The restoration was completed in 2014 and Locomotive 6167 became part of the Guelph Museums collection.

 

No. 6167 by the numbers
• 4-8-4 wheel arrangement: four leading wheels, eight driving wheels, four-wheel trailing truck beneath the firebox
• 682,950 lbs
• 15’ 7” high
• 10’ 9” wide
• 1,266,930 miles of regular service
• 12,000 miles of excursion service

 

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September 2017

Chew Chew at the Choo Choo – A Culture Days Event

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Locomotive 6167, Farqhuar Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Locomotive 6167’s arrival in Guelph with locomotive-inspired music, food and activities at the Farquhar Street site of No. 6167. All ages. Free admission. Culture Days is a nationwide arts and culture movement to raise awareness and engage Canadians in their communities.  It runs from September 29 to October 1.   Free admission at Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House all weekend long to celebrate Culture Days.

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