Steam Engine #7470
Steam locomotive #7470 was built by the Grand Trunk Railway Point St. Charles Shops at Montreal, Quebec, in 1921 with serial #22/1500. It is a coal fired switching locomotive with an 0-6-0 wheel arrangement; it has 51” driving wheels and 22” x 26” cylinders. It develops 36,700 lbs of tractive effort.
Dwight Smith, shown here, was one of the three original owners of Conway Scenic Railroad.
The weight of the locomotive in working order is 87 tons and the tender weighs 65 tons. The locomotive is equipped with super-heaters. Originally built as Grand Trunk Railway #1795, it soon became Canadian National Railway #7470, Class 0-18-a. It was acquired in 1968 by Dwight Smith, and in 1974 joined the start-up Conway Scenic Railroad as #47. It was renumbered to #7470 in 1989.
Photo by Debbie Hill
The engine is out of service while we perform a major, federally-mandated inspection and overhaul. The work is taking place right here in our roundhouse with the aid of a specialized contractor. We are hoping to have her return to service in the Fall of 2018.
#7470 is the very first locomotive that Conway Scenic owned and operated, and we know that it has a special place in the hearts of many who come to ride on our railroad. After completion of the required work, we expect to see it operating here for many years to come.
Thank you for your interest in #7470.
To listen to recordings of 7470’s whistles, please click here.