N-1992.21.13 | Locomotive in G.T.R. shops, Montreal, 1859

Locomotive in G.T.R. shops, Montreal, 1859
William Notman (1826-1891)
1859, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
26.2 x 35.2 cm
Gift of the Estate of M. Omer Lavallée
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Transportation (2517)
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Several workers, near the end of construction work on a steam locomotive, were photographed by William Notman in the workshops of the Grand Trunk Railroad in Point St. Charles. The locomotive in this picture could be Number 29, known as the "Trevithick," which was the first to be build in this workshop. Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) was the inventor of the steam locomotive.

On his stopover in Montreal to inaugurate the Victoria Bridge in 1860, the Prince of Wales boarded a train pulled by the "Trevithick" locomotive, which had been completed in May 1859.