The 3716 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam locomotive. It was built for the CPR in October of 1912 at the Montreal Locomotive Works in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. There were 49 Consolidations in the N2b class, ranging from #3691 to 3740. Between 1901 and 1921 there were a total of 596 Consolidations in the "M" and "N" classes on the CPR's roster. The 3716 is used as a backup while the Royal Hudson 2860 undergoes maintenance or repairs. The 3716 is the only operating Consolidation locomotive from the CPR's roster. It was originally built with a coal-fired boiler, but now uses bunker C fuel oil.

Road Number 3716
Serial Number 51628
Type Consolidation
Class N2b
Oil Capacity 3,600 gallons
Cylinders 23" x 32"
Driver Diameter 63 inches
Water Capacity 10,000 gallons
Steam Pressure 190 PSI

For the first dozen years of the century, the Consolidation was the Canadian Pacific Railway's standard heavy freight locomotive. It was especially suited for mountain regions where tractive effort was more important than speed. These were eventually replaced by the 2-8-2 Mikados. The addition of a trailing truck allowed a larger boiler and firebox to be used. The increased steam produced higher speeds than the Consolidation.

Surviving ex-CPR Consolidations
# Class Builder Built In Present Location
3388 M3b SCH 1902 St-Constant, Quebec, Canada
3512* M4g MLW 1907 Slocan Lake, BC, Canada (sunk)
3522 M4g BLW 1907 Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada
3651 N2a MLW 1910 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
3716 N2b MLW 1912 N. Vancouver, BC, Canada

*According to Wes Barris' North American Steam Locomotives

SCH: American Loco Company
BLW: Baldwin Locomotive Works
MLW: Montreal Locomotive Works

"Survivors" compiled from the 1998 Canadian Trackside Guide

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All Time CPR 2-8-0 Consolidation Roster
Class
Series
Built
Steam Pressure Dia. of Drivers
Builder
M3b
3360-3390
1901-02
170 PSI
57"
SCH
M4a
3400-3409
1904
200 PSI
58"
MLW
M4b
3420
1904
200 PSI
58"
MLW
M4c
3410-3418
1904
200 PSI
58"
MLW
M4d
3421-3440
1904
200 PSI
58"
SCH
M4e
3441-3450
1906
180 PSI
58"
CPR
M4f
3453-3460
1906
180 PSI
58"
CPR
M4g
3471-3530
1907
180 PSI
58"
MLW, BLW
M4h
3462, 3544-3563
1907-09
180 PSI
58"
CPR

N2a
3600-3690
1909-11
190 PSI
63"
MLW,CLC,CPR
N2b
3691-3740
1912
190 PSI
63"
MLW
N2c
3741-3760
1913-14
190 PSI
63"
MLW, CFC
N4a
3952
1913
180 PSI
56"
MLW
N4b
3953, 3954
1916
200 PSI
56"
CLC
N4c
3955
1921
200 PSI
57"
MLW
N4d
3956
1921
200 PSI
57"
MLW

SCH - American Loco Company, Schenectady, New York
MLW - Montreal Locomotive Works, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
CPR - Canadian Pacific Railway Angus Shops
BLW - Baldwin Locomotive Works
CLC - Canadian Locomotive Company
CFC - Canadian Foundry Company

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