ALCos and MLWs in Canada

Class 1's:

BC Rail

Canadian National (historic)

Canadian Pacific (historic)

VIA Rail


Asbestos & Danville RR

Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia (historic)

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Guelph Junction Railway (OSR)

Hudson Bay Railway (Omnitrax)

Kelowna Pacific Railway (KnightHawk/NY&LE, historic)

Okanagan Valley Railroad (Omnitrax, historic)

Ontario Southland Railway

Port Colborne Harbour Railway (Trillium)

New Brunswick East Coast Railway

Quebec Cartier Mining

Quebec Iron and Titanium

Roberval & Saguenay Railway (historic)

Southern Manitoba RR

St. Thomas and Eastern Railway (Trillium)

Wabush Lake Railway / Arnaud Railway

Windsor & Hantsport RR



Museums and tourist operations:

Westcoast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish BC

Central British Columbia Railway & Forest Industry Museum, Prince George BC

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, Cranbrook BC

Salem and Hillsborough RSC-14 1754 at the Hillsborough Museum site October 15, 1997.
This locomotive is used to haul the museum's passenger train, and was purchased after a fire destroyed/severely damaged a lot of the museum's equipment, including two steam locomotives. The RSC-14 was moved to the museum by truck, due to the majority of the rail line being out of service and a rail bridge having been removed by CN after they abandoned the line.

Marc Simpson photo

May 11th, 2003:

Montreal Locomotive Works buildings demolished

From a friend in Montreal, I understand that most of the Montreal Locomotive Works buildings in Montreal Est have been demolished. MLW was located on Rue Notre Dame and Rue Dickson, and had rail access to the Port of Montreal and also to the CN Rail network, with nearby connections to CP.
It was a large steam era construction shop which built many steam and diesel locomotives for use in Canada and overseas. Bombardier ceased producing locomotives at the plant about ten years ago.
Unlike many locomotive factories, the plant was adjacent to a residential neighbourhood and a park, and new locomotives were easily viewed from public land.
At least one railfan tour of the facilities was permitted in the 1970's, when the shop floor was busy building M636's for CP & CN.
One of the greatest numbers of locomotives produced at MLW were the 4-6-2 "bullet nosed" engines for India.
Also demolished was the adjacent Canada Steel Wheel plant which produced railway wheels and a road overpass, making me believe that an urban renewal project of the sites is underway.
The crew of the MLW plant switcher (an orange GE 44 tonner) were always friendly and gave us youthfull railfans progress reports on locomotives under construction.

A big part of Alco history has gone.

Phil Mason, Revelstoke BC

An update by Marjolaine Gagnon (18.07.03): the ol' MLW plant still exists and wasn't demolished -- at least not yet. The industrial building is still operative under the name 'Canadian Steel Foundries', where 125 workers manufacture specialized steel and alloy equipment for heavy industry.

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Last update 24.03.01