Locomotive 1001

History of Locomotive 1001

1959: Waterloo Central Railway S13 No. 1001 was built by Montreal Locomotive Works in January 1959 as Pacific Great Eastern Railway 1001.

1972: PGE was renamed the British Columbia Railway in 1972 and became BC Rail in 1984.

1987: In February the locomotive was renumbered BCOL 501.

1988: No. 501 was retired in May.

1989: In October, the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway purchased BCOL 501 along with S13 number 503 for use on their shortline railway based out of St. Boniface, Man. Plans to modify No. 501 for use on GWWD (primarily reducing its overall weight) were not implemented and the locomotive remained in storage in St. Boniface.

1994: GWWD sold No. 501 to Ontario Southland Railway in 1994. The locomotive became OSRX 501.

2018: Waterloo Central Railway purchased Ontario Southland S13s 501 and 502 on May 16, 2018.

2019: WCR 501, still in its two-tone green BCR colours, was taken into the shop to prepare it for repainting. A coat of primer was applied but the work was interrupted while No. 501 worked Christmas trains.

2020: In the winter of 2020, our volunteers brought S13 No. 501 back into the St. Jacobs shop for repainting. A thorough mechanical inspection was also performed, and necessary repairs were made. The locomotive was painted in Waterloo Central’s Canadian Pacific-inspired Tuscan and grey colours and its original road number reinstated. Resplendent in its new colours, WCR 1001 made its debut in March 2020.

WCR 1001 at Scotch Line Road south of Elmira, Ontario. Summer 2020.
WCR 1001 at Scotch Line Road south of Elmira, Ontario in 2020.
WCR 1001 (formerly PGE 1001) in 1059. Photo courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1636.1, Walter E. Frost.
WCR 1001 (formerly PGE 1001) in 1059. Photo courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1636.1, Walter E. Frost.
WCR 1001 shown in two-tone green British Columbia Railway colours
WCR 1001 shown in two-tone green British Columbia Railway colours
WCR 1001 Northbound to Elmira.
WCR 1001 Northbound to Elmira in June 2020.
WCR 1001 and 1002 together in 1986. Photo Credit David Othen.
WCR 1001 and 1002 together in 1986. Photo Credit David Othen.
WCR 1001 and 1002 together in 2020.
Inside the cab of WCR 1001.
Inside the cab of WCR 1001.
WCR 1001 during restoration in 2020.
WCR 1001 during 2020 restoration 2020. Click photo for full story.

Specifications

Road Number1001
TypeDiesel - Electric
BuilderMontreal Locomotive Works
Date BuiltJanuary 1959
ModelS13
Serial Number82548
EngineAlco 6-251C
Horsepower1000
LineagePacific Great Eastern Railway 1001
British Columbia Railway 1001
Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway 501
Ontario Southland Railway 501
Waterloo Central Railway 501
Waterloo Central Railway 1001
Acquisition2018

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