By Carl Silverman
JASPER, ALBERTA (CANADA) – Jasper’s Locomotive 6015 is one of 16 mountain-type engines built by the Canadian Locomotive Company of Kingston, Ontario in 1923 and used by Canadian National in fast freight and passenger service. It pulled the Canadian version of the Orient Express, a passenger train with exquisite wood-paneled cars and fine antique furnishings. This type of engine chugged through the natural beauty of Alberta at 100 miles per hour around the rugged Canadian Rockies. It needed about 10,000 gallons of water and 17 tons of coal. By the late 1950s, the steam engines were replaced by diesel locomotives. The Locomotive 6015 stands today as the mark of a time long gone by but never forgotten.