The following notes outline the salient features of each column
    This shows a typical entry:
Road Number
3 1905 
(n) Benwood & Wheeling Connecting RR;
(2) National Tube;
(3) Southern Iron & Engineering (D);
[4p] HEPC #25, Alexandra;
[5] Dominion Construction #25, Abitibi Canyon;
[6] G.W. Carruthers (D);

Road Number

This is the company number which is normally shown on the locomotive.  Where several numbers were carried throughout the life of the locomotive, these are shown using the convention developed by the Bytown Railway Society in the Canadian Trackside Guide.
No#    indicates that the locomotive did not carry a number.


This column shown the builder or manufacturer of the locomotive.  They are normally shown in full although some of the more well known ones have been abbreviated:

Alco    American Locomotive Company – where known, the actual plant of manufacture, (e.g. Brooks, Schenectady etc.) is shown.
CLC    Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston, ON.
MLW    Montreal Locomotive Works

Serial Number

This is the serial number or works number allocated by the builder.  In numerous cases the serial is not known and I have developed a system which allocates a unique number to each locomotive which is prefixed “uu”.  This will assist in solving some of the unknowns.  In some cases serial numbers were not used.


This shows the date of manufacture where known by year and month.


Unless otherwise shown in this column all locomotives are standard gauge.  Other gauges are shown by the notation x” ga where x is the gauge in inches.
For steam locomotives, the Whyte notation is used to denote the wheel arrangement.  For internal combustion engine locomotives the builder’s model designation, where known, is shown.

Other abbreviations used are:

CA        Compressed air
d/e        Diesel electric
d/h        Diesel hydraulic
g/m        Gas mechanical
elec         Electric
t        Tons
4w        Four wheel


This column shows the fate of the locomotive.

Display means that the locomotive has been preserved either for operation or as a static exhibit.  These details have not been recorded here as they are well covered in the Canadian Trackside Guide.
DU    means “Disposition Unknown”.  Many locomotives are in this category.  In most cases they will have been scrapped on site but this is not shown unless this can be confirmed.
Scr    means “Scrapped” and the date is shown where known.  If the locomotive was sold for scrap to a dealer this is normally shown in the “notes” column.
USA    means that the locomotive was sold into the USA.


This column sets out the history of the locomotive in as much detail as is known.
The various owners are shown in chronological sequence from first to last.

n    owner when new.
1     first known owner when the new owner is not known.
2    second owner.
3    third owner – and so on.
[ ]     indicates an owner in Canada.
( )    indicates an owner in the USA.
{ }    indicates a country unknown.
< >    indicates a Canadian “non industrial” owner such as a display, museum or heritage railway.
p    indicates that photographic evidence exists of this locomotive at this particular location.
(D)    Indicates an equipment dealer

Return to Industrial Locomotive Lists