Canadian National took delivery of its first 4-8-2 locomotives in 1923, when they received the first sixteen of an ultimate fleet of 79 Mountains purchased over the next 20 years. Like the 4-8-2s on other railroads, CN's U1-class engines were designed for both passenger and freight service. The CN continued to order and operate 4-8-2s throughout its remaining steam years, demonstrating their confidence in the Mountains' power, speed, and reliability. M.T.H. models the CN's semi-streamlined U1F Mountain, which is distinguished by the conical smokebox front covers, which earned them the nickname "Bullet Nose Betties." Designed for fast passenger service and built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1944 and early 1945, the 20 U1Fs were the last new steam power the railroad received. The last of the U1Fs was retired in 1962, the year after the Northerns had disappeared from the CN lines.
M.T.H. Electric Trains has also modeled CNR 6060, also known as the Spirit of Alberta, which is currently based in Stettler, Alberta, and used for summer railfan excursions. No. 6076 and matching passenger set arrives in early 2014 as a beautifully detailed model sure to impress everyone who sees its smooth, powerful performance on your fast passenger and dual service road.
Did You Know?
The U1F was designed as a coal burner for Eastern service but many were later converted to oil firing for service in the West.