A John St. Morning 30" x 40", Acrylic on Canvas, 2003 Canadian Pacific Railway Collection
Every morning for over twenty years K1a Northern #3101, built in the Canadian Pacific Railways Augus shops in 1928, would arrive after pulling train 22, the overnight train from Montreal. Here with it’s fire already dropped, the Hostler and his helper prepare the Spotless Northern for its journey to the roundhouse to wait until evening. Then, it was pulled back out to head train 21 for the overnight service to Montreal. Sitting next to #3101 is New York Central Railroad Hudson #5313 (soon to become TH&B 511). In the background is Toronto’s famed landmark The Royal York Hotel owned then by CPR. To the right of the hotel stands the Bank of Commerce building, which was at the time the tallest building in the British Empire.