This is my first Blog attempt... I started with an old photo and postcard from a family trip we took to the Northwest USA and British Columbia back in 1984. This is The Royal Hudson steam locomotive and train. The photo was taken at a rail crossing near Vancouver. My son, David, was only 15 at the time... The power emanating from the locomotive as it blew by us was very impressive.
This locomotive was a semi-streamlined 4-6-4 Hudson owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and built by Montreal Locomotive Works. In 1939, King George VI allowed the CPR to use the term 'Royal' after Royal Hudson number 2850 transported the royal train across Canada with no need of replacement. These locomotives were in service between 1937 and 1960.