Here's Picture Gallery After His Own Heart (Addison Schwalm)A most remarkable picture gallery here in Ottawa will soon be all completed. It is to be a complete photographic roster of all the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National steam engines left in Canada. The man who has dedicated himself to this labor of love is Addison A. Schwalm, 457 Metcalfe Street. He writes:
Published 7 February 1956
"I am glad to report that I am just about caught up with my hobby of getting nearly all the steam power of both CNR and CPR engines. Next month should see me have them all. . . . I get them from the fans without writing the companies concerned."
For Press Club
I personally hope Addy gets Pontiac Line engine 450 before she gets boiled down for scrap. I wish the Press Club would take this CPR type over as a symbol and mascot, renumber her "30" and have her placed in a local park. Then we could all make a pilgrimage to her hallowed side on Deadline Day. This could be a date fixed on the publication of the first daily paper in Ottawa.
Meanwhile here's a sigh for CNR 5579, the old Pacific which faithfully takes the Barrie's Bay local out every morning on the National and here's a sentimental thought for the Canadian Pacific's D-10 type, No. 1005, over 40 years of age and still going strong. Hello to CPR 2541, which I first saw in Smiths Falls on Valentine Day in 1914. Lisgar played basketball that day in the Falls. I hope Addy gets that 7200 type yard goat before Donald Gordon orders her to the boneyard.
In this precious gallery one wonders if Addy has the old timers, if he has caught the classic 4-4-0 type of CPR 30, once up to Waltham daily; or did he grab an ex-Canadian Northern type 2300's. Perchance did he snap the CPR yard engines such as 6190, and has he focussed on the New York Central stuff? What did Addy do about any old Canadian Northern engine, say the 1300's? Finally, Father John Smith of Our Lady of Fatimo and I have a special place in our hearts for old Grand Trunk 211. which first arrived in Ottawa in 1913. Youngsters like The Citizen's Don Brown and Norman Campbell get goggle-eyed over diesels, but only Father Smith and myself go back to the good old days when "the growlers" were not even a bad dream, and the high wheelers ruled the main lines everywhere.