Posted: Oct 2, 2016 @ 12:10:27 by Dean Redman
The short line railroad is presently stopped operations due to required track repairs. The Western Development Museum at Moose Jaw and the volunteers that operate the train hope it will be operational next year (2017). For more information please go to www.wdm.ca
Posted: Jan 12, 2009 @ 15:01:25 by Ron Ford
This engine has been located in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan since 1987, when it received an overhaul. It has been used for the past 20 years for short rides for Museum visitors.
At present, it is in the Western Development Museum Curatorial Centre in Saskatoon awaiting re-boilering, following a routine ultrasound test.
Picture to follow.
Western Development Museum
Posted: Jun 26, 2006 @ 15:06:09 by Troy Zimmer
Hillcrest Collieries No. 5 is currently in operation at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The locomotive is maintained and run by museum volunteers, and visitors can take a ride on the WDM "Shortline Railroad" pulled by No. 5. Rides are offered every weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) during the summer season (May to September long weekend), but this is conditional on weather and availability of volunteers. My family and I took a ride on the "Shortline" last Sunday, then got to talk to the volunteer engineers that run it.
According to the museum No. 5 is the last operating steam locomotive in Saskatchewan. Also interesting is that No. 5 appears to be running on wood, not coal. I saw the fireman tossing in bundles of cut 2"x4" wood pieces into the firebox -- about three armloads of wood for each trip around the shortline track!
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 @ 10:08:05 by Tyler
I believe this engine is at the Moose Jaw Branch of the Western Development Museum. (www.wdm.ca) There is no mention of it at the North Battleford Branch page. Also, I was just at the Moose Jaw WDM yesterday. There is a small circle track with three small coaches and a small tender for extra coal. No. 5 was sitting behind chain link link fence on a siding connecting to the circle of track.