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.

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 Debbe Hill

Photo by Debbe Hill

The engine will be out of service for the 2016 season while we perform a major, federally-mandated inspection and overhaul.  The work will take place right here in our roundhouse with the aid of a specialized contractor.  If you are interested in following the overhaul progress, we are posting photos to our Flickr account.

#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.