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Newsletter #143, July 23, 2008

Great Canadian Locomotives, The Royal Hudson

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During the 19th century, a new mode of transportation began o redefine life for Canadians. Unlike a horse, it didn't get tired or hungry, Unlike a boat, it could still travel when the water froze in the winter. In fact, it could run day or night, pulling passengers and cargo across the land, sometimes as fast as 50 kph (31 mph)!

It was the steam locomotive.

Suddenly, the isolation that plagued early communities seemed to disappear. Everybody wanted the locomotive to travel to their door. Indeed, its promise breathed life into Confederation. As locomotives for different tasks and running conditions continud to emerge, industries and communities across Canada were revolutionized.

Fit for King and Queen - The Royal Hudson

In a land which owes so much of its development to the railroad, a new series of coins featuring Canada's greatest locomotives is certainly "de rigueur". The first of these coins celebrates the Royal Hudson, a Hudson Type 4-6-4 (four leading wheels, six driving wheels and four trailing wheels) which was chosen to shuttle King George VI and Queen Elizabeth from Quebec City to Vancouver during their royal visit of 1939.

Royal HudsonThe Hudson Type 4-6-4 locomotive was introduced by Canadian Pacific Rail in 1929 and its distinctive semi-streamline design was developed during its first decade of service.

Engine 2850, which carried the King and Queen, was fitted with a stainless steel boilerjacket and was painted in silver and Royal blue. Royal crests were mounted on the front of the engine and on the sides of the coal tender, while Royal crowns appeared on the side running boards.

Locomotive 2850 set a North American record by completing the 4,921 km (3,061 mi) tour on its own, without replacement locomotives.
Royal HudsonWhen it returned to regular service, the Royal crowns were maintained on its running boards. In fact, all Hudson Type locomotives were fitted with Royal crowns in tribute to the locomotive's outstanding service.

This $20 coin is certified to be 99.99% fine silver with a weight of 31.39 groms and a diameter of 38 millimetres. Its design is based on the archives of the Canadian Pacific Railway and features a Royal Hudson, so named for the Royal crowns that were retained after the Royal Tour of 1939.

Locomotive 2850 is one of four Royal Hudsons on display at Exporail, the canadian Railway Museum.

The obverse features the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Susanna Blunt.

Royal Hudson #2860 was retired from the CPR in 1956 and is an exact copy of the engine #2850, which is in Montréal. From 1964 to 1985 it was operated by BC Rail on an excursion day trip from North Vancouver to Squamish along the precipitous shores of Howe Sound.

During that time, "semi official" stamps were produced, available as sets of 8 in denominations of 25 and 50 cents, and as maxi duo postcards.

All Nations is pleased to announce that it has acquired all the commercially available sets of the stamp sets and maxi duo postcards.

We are offering sets of five items:

Three maxi duo postcards
- 25 ¢ cancelled Vancouver North
- 25 ¢ cancelled Squamish
- 50 ¢ cancelled Vancouver Squamish return

They can be purchased here.

The coin can be purchased here.

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