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Historic Note: UCRS visits CNR roundhouse to pick a steam engine - Feb 27, 1960!

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Derek Boles, TRHA's historian, publishes a daily posting on the Toronto Railway Heritage Yahoo Group List. These postings document major railway oriented events that happened on that day of the year. One of today's items is as follows:

February 27, 1960:
The Locomotive Preservation Committee of the Upper Canada Railway Society visits the Canadian National Railway Spadina roundhouse for the purpose of choosing a steam locomotive suitable for preservation and presentation to the City of Toronto. The committee picked U-2-g 4-8-4 No. 6213 and it was presented to the city in August 1960. It was subsequently moved to the Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, where it was mounted adjacent to the old Stanley Barracks, then being used as the Marine Museum of Upper Canada. The locomotive was maintained by the UCRS for several years, later by members of the Toronto Locomotive Preservation Society. In June 2009, the locomotive was moved to Roundhouse Park for incorporation into the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre. In 2010, cab visits to 6213 were the second most popular attraction at the TRHC after rides on the miniature railway.

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Posting by Russ Milland; Photo by Lance Gleich

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