Locomotive 1002

History of Locomotive 1002

1959: Waterloo Central Railway S13 No. 1002 was built by Montreal Locomotive Works in January 1959 as Pacific Great Eastern Railway 1002.

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

1987:  In February the locomotive was renumbered to BCOL 502.

1988: No. 502 was retired in May.

1992: In March Vancouver Wharves purchased BCOL 502 for use on their industrial operation. The locomotive became VWL 827.

1997: Vancouver Wharves sold No. 827 to Ontario Southland Railway. The locomotive became OSRX 502 and was repainted into OSR’s Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway inspired maroon and cream paint scheme.

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

2020: WCR 502, still in its maroon and cream OSR colours, was taken into the shop in March to prepare it for repainting. A thorough mechanical inspection was performed, and necessary repairs were made. Work on No. 502 was interrupted by the COVID shutdown in mid-March. After several weeks of complete shutdown, the St. Jacobs shop reopened with strict protocols and a limited number of people allowed in the shop. Fortunately, all the supplies needed for the repainting were already on hand and our volunteers got back to work as soon as they were able to safely do so. On August 16, 2020, WCR 1002 made its debut.

WCR 1002 in 2020 after restoration in St. Jacobs, Ontario.
WCR 1002 in 2020 after restoration in St. Jacobs, Ontario.
WCR 1002 (formerly PGE 1002) in 1965. Photo courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1637, Walter E. Frost.
WCR 1002 (formerly PGE 1002) in 1965. Photo courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1637, Walter E. Frost.
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.
WCR 502 shown in the maroon and cream colours of OSR.
WCR 502 shown in the maroon and cream colours of OSR.
WCR 1002 sits with WCR 1001 & 6593 at Waterloo Central Railways yard in St. Jacobs, Ontario in 2020.
WCR 1002 with 1001 & 6593 in St. Jacobs, ON in 2020.
Inside the cab of WCR 1002.
Inside the cab of WCR 1002.
WCR 1002 during restoration in 2020. Click the photo for full restoration story.
WCR 1002 during 2020 restoration. Click photo for full story.

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Specifications

Road Number1002
TypeDiesel - Electric
BuilderMontreal Locomotive Works
Date BuiltJanuary 1959
ModelS13
Serial Number82549
EngineAlco 6-251C
Horsepower1000
LineagePacific Great Eastern Railway 1002
British Columbia Railway 1002
Vancouver Wharves 827
Ontario Southland Railway 502
Waterloo Central Railway 502
Waterloo Central Railway 1002
Acquisition2018

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