A Visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park - What You Will See

MLW S-3 Switcher (CPR 6503)

This locomotive can often be seen working around the Heritage Park, and is used for many switching duties as well as lighter operating trains. The Model S-3 was a design of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) built under license by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW).

 This particular unit was one of the CPR fleet and worked typically in yard or industrial customer switching service throughout Canada. #6503 ended up serving a grain terminal on the Vancouver waterfront, before being acquired by WCRA where a full restoration was completed both mechanically and to her original CPR 1953 appearance.

CPR 6503 is maintained in full operating condition, and can be found working very often. The unit is also used in railway training programs that are operated here in Squamish.

MLW S-3 Switcher



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