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Canadian National 3254

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Canadian National 3254
Steamtown NHS Train.JPG
CN 3254 With a tour train at Steamtown
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Canadian Locomotive Company
Serial number 1463
Build date 1917
 • Whyte 2-8-2
 • UIC 1′D1′ h2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 63 in (1,600 mm)
Adhesive weight 209,970 lb (95.2 tonnes)
Loco weight 277,550 lb (125.9 tonnes)
Tender weight 167,250 lb (75.9 tonnes)
Total weight 444,800 lb (201.8 tonnes)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 12 long tons (12 t)
Water cap 7,500 imp gal (34,000 l; 9,000 US gal)
Boiler pressure 180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 27 in × 30 in (686 mm × 762 mm)
Loco brake 26L
Performance figures
Tractive effort 53,115 lbf (236.27 kN)
Factor of adh. 3.95
Operators Canadian Government Railways,
Canadian National Railway,
Gettysburg and Northern Railroad
Class S-1-b
Numbers CGR 2854,
CN 3254
Retired 1958
Current owner Steamtown National Historic Site
Disposition Out of service awaiting overhaul

Canadian National 3254 is a 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive built in 1917 for the Canadian National Railway by the Canadian Locomotive Company as a member of the Canadian National class S-1-b . It is a part of the operating fleet at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


Canadian National 3254 was built in 1917 by the Canadian Locomotive Company for the Canadian Government Railways where it was numbered 2854. In 1918, the Canadian Government Railways combined with the Canadian Northern Railway formed the Canadian National Railways. The 3254 had considerable pulling power, could climb grades with ease,[1] and was used to handle very heavy freight trains until the Canadian National retired it in 1958.

In November, 1961 it was sold to motel owner Willis F. Barron who moved it to Ashland, Pennsylvania and intended to run the locomotive on the Reading Company's branchline that served the town. The tracks into Ashland were pulled up before Barron's planned venture could begin operation, so he had 3254 disassembled, moved via truck and reassembled at his motel to be used as a static display.[2] In 1982 it was sold to the Gettysburg Railroad. In the summer of 1987, the steam locomotive arrived at Steamtown after Steamtown traded Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 #1278 and cash for the 3254.[1]

Steamtown also has a Canadian National class S-1-d Mikado, the 3377, on static display. In 2010, the 3254's tender was rusted and leaking, so a new one was rebuilt (keeping the original underframe). The new tank was then put on the 3377's tender frame, and the 3377's tank was scrapped. 3254 was taken out of service indefinitely after the 2012 season.