Canadian National 6213

Canadian National 6213 is a preserved 4-8-4 steam locomotive on static display in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) on the lands of the former CPR John St. Roundhouse. It was on active duty until 1959 and was donated by Canadian National Railway (CNR) to the City of Toronto government in 1960. It was on display at Exhibition Place until 2009 when it was moved to its current location.

Canadian National 6213
The Canadian National Railway's locomotive 6213 at John Street Roundhouse in Toronto, July 2009
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderMontreal Locomotive Works
Order numberQ394
Serial number69711
Build date1942
  UIC2′D2′ h2
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia.34 12 in (0.876 m)
Driver dia.73 in (1.854 m)
Trailing dia.
  • 34 12 in (0.876 m)
  • 43 in (1.092 m)
Tender wheels34 12 in (0.876 m)
Wheelbase82 ft 4 34 in (25.114 m)
  Engine43 ft 10 in (13.360 m)
  Leading6 ft 10 in (2.083 m)
  Drivers19 ft 6 in (5.944 m)
  Trailing5 ft 8 in (1.727 m)
  Tender26 ft 0 in (7.925 m)
  Tender truck8 ft 4 in (2.540 m)
Length94 ft 9 38 in (28.889 m)
Adhesive weight244,500 lb (110.9 tonnes)
Loco weight399,600 lb (181.3 tonnes)
Tender weight278,000 lb (126 tonnes)
Total weight677,600 lb (307.4 tonnes)
Tender type6-axle Vanderbilt
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity18 long tons (18 t)
Water cap11,600 imp gal (53,000 l; 13,900 US gal)
Firebox type 
  Firegrate area84.3 sq ft (7.83 m2)
Boiler pressure250 lbf/in2 (1.72 MPa)
Feedwater heaterElesco
Heating surface4,080 sq ft (379 m2)
  Tubes and flues3,666 sq ft (340.6 m2)
  Firebox414 sq ft (38.5 m2)
  TypeSchmidt type E
  Heating area1,835 sq ft (170.5 m2)
CylindersTwo, outside
Cylinder size25 12 in × 30 in (648 mm × 762 mm)
Valve gearWalschaerts
Performance figures
Tractive effort56,735 lbf (252.37 kN)
OperatorsCanadian National Railways
Power class57%
Number in class14th of 35
Current ownerThe City of Toronto - under the stewardship of the Toronto Locomotive Preservation Society (TLPS) and the Toronto Railway Museum
DispositionPreserved: static display, John Street Roundhouse


No. 6213 was built in 1942 at the Montreal Locomotive Works. It was part of the Canadian National Railway's (CNR) fleet of 200 U-2-g class "Confederations", later "Northerns".[1] No.6213 was retired from active duty in 1959.[1] At the request of the City of Toronto government,[2] the locomotive was donated by CNR to the City of Toronto government in 1960 and put on static display at Exhibition Place.[3] At the request of the Parks Department, it was placed beside the Stanley Barracks' Officers' Quarters, delivered there by temporary rail track.[2] It was officially turned over to the Mayor of Toronto Nathan Phillips on September 8, 1960.[2]

Since 6213's retirement, the members of The Toronto Locomotive Preservation Society (TLPS), her primary caretaker, have faithfully worked to preserve the locomotive.[1] It was moved to the John St. Roundhouse in 2009 at a cost of CA$150,000, paid for by Leon's Furniture, which opened a store in the Roundhouse.[3] The turntable and small trackage at the Roundhouse allows for the locomotive to be pushed and pulled into various spurs of the Toronto Railway Museum park. This has enhanced the TLPS' ability to inspect, grease and lube her moving parts, something key to her ongoing mechanical wellness and preservation.

Plans are in the works for the summer of 2019, wherein the engine and tender will be subject to a significant cosmetic restoration. This will be the second significant makeover 6213 has had since retirement and reflects the City of Toronto's ongoing financial commitment to preserve its above-average condition "park locomotive".

No. 6213 had only recently been through a significant refit at CNR's Stratford Shops before retirement and is, therefore, an ideal candidate for restoration to live steam at some point in the future. The TLPS continues to explore possible options of restoring this locomotive to operating condition.

See also


  1. "Steam Locomotive No. 6213". Toronto Railway Historical Association. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  2. Brown, James A. (2009). "A Northern Saga" (PDF). Branchline. Bytown Railway Society (July-August 2009): 3–6. Retrieved October 2, 2019 via
  3. French, Paul (May 30, 2009). "Midnight train across Toronto". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
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