Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Fabulous Steam Friday, On Film

End Of The Line


Back in 1999, Sherri and I travelled to Stettler, Alberta to take a trip on the Alberta Prairie Railway.

A friend of ours was with The Rocky Mountain Rail Society that restored the old Mountain Class 4-8-2 steam locomotive.

6060 At The Yard


The locomotive, built in 1944 in Montreal, is like a magnet drawing in steam enthusiasts from far and wide. It’s the largest operating steam locomotive in Canada.

Steam Ready

This steam engine was originally providing power on the Canadian National Railway and must have been a sight to see in the heyday of steam.


Mountain Type


This Mountain Type Locomotive weighs in at a whopping 637,540 pounds, helpful on the western runs. Though CN’s more northern route is considered less rugged than CP’s Kicking Horse Pass and Rogers Pass routes.


At 93 feet long, 6060 was one of the largest locomotives of it’s time. With it’s distinctive nose cone, it is easy to see why the engine was nicknamed “Bullet Nose Betty”.  Sadly the line from Stettler to Coronation that we rode back then is no longer in use. The tracks have been removed and train whistles are just a memory. The Alberta Prairie Railway trains still run south to Big Valley and they have a full schedule this year.

All of the photographs were taken with Kodak Gold 100 35mm film using a Nikon N2000 camera and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Do you like photographing old things?

In the best light…


2 responses

  1. Ruth Knox

    I never thought of old trains as being works of art, but your photo essay changed my mind. You bring to life their grace and beauty.


    June 17, 2011 at 07:48

  2. John

    As a member or Rocky Mountain Rail, I appreciate this photo essay very much. I think it tends to show our organization in a good light with this fabulous locomotive.


    July 22, 2011 at 16:19

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