The Roundhouse Podcast

020: Restoring a Royal Hudson


Canadian Pacific #2860 has led an interesting history, and at 75 years old it is about to embark on a new chapter.  West Coast Railway Association’s President Emeritus Don Evans visits us to share details about this locomotive’s restoration, what makes it “Royal”, the history of the Association, its fascinating collection of rolling stock, and how it reaches out to the public.


Norfolk & Western #611 completed its first excursion since 1994.  The train traveled from Spencer NC to its hometown of Roanoke VA.  An estimated To celebrate this, I recreated the trip in the Open Rails train simulator and explain how you can as well!

Union Pacific DDA40X #6944 is making its return trip to its home at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis.  Click here to see it passing an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad station.

Responding to Your Comments (4:35)

I asked you last week about what routes and railroads you have discovered because of train simulators.  There were several responses to this, so I covered as many as I could.  Since quite a few of the routes mentioned are ones that I have reviewed on “At The Railyard”, I have assembled a video playlist for you to see what the excitement is about.

West Coast Railway Association – President Emeritus Don Evans (11:05)

Having been involved with the WCRA for over 40 years, Don has seen many eras of railroading in British Columbia.  Working to preserve each, the WCRA features a heritage park in Squamish.  The park includes many locomotives, freight and passenger cars, and even a roundhouse designed for hosting special events.

Canadian Pacific #2860 is to be restored to operation, and the WCRA has announced a 75th Birthday Gala on June 27th to start fundraising for the project.  Don shares the locomotives history with us along with other projects that the museum is working on.  We also discuss how the WCRA provides educational initiatives as part of its rail tours and through working with local schools.

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Question of the Day (58:02)

What aspect of Canadian railroad history fascinates you the most?  Let me know and I will respond to your comments in our next episode.

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6 thoughts on “020: Restoring a Royal Hudson

  1. Nick Ozorak Post author

    Just fill your name and email address in the box in the upper right of the home page labeled “Free Newsletter”, and you’ll be good to go!

  2. Logan Stout

    Responding to the question, if there is anything from Canadian railroading from the past that fascinates me, it has to be Canadian Alco’s. From FPA4s on Via Rail to big six axles on CP and CN, to the green and red white and blue on BC Rail, to the ore hauling Alcos on the Cartier, it fascinates me to watch the old Alco and MLW units smoke it up hauling heavy freight to speeding along with a passenger train.

  3. Michael Kocot

    Don’t forget the MLW locos built for the White Pass that sat for years until they were delivered…to the Plaster City NG operated by US Gypsum in California, where they work even today.

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