Canadian Pacific Ry 4-6-2 No. 1278
Sugarcreek, OH, United States
Location: Age of Steam Roundhouse
Status: Display
Posted: Oct 12, 2020 @ 13:10:12 by luke
after the boiler explosion, 1278 was found to be poorly maintained: an air compressor that sounded like an asthmatic cow, exterior rust on the drive wheels, missing gauges, and the water glass was inaccurate. just absolute s**t
Posted: Jul 27, 2020 @ 10:07:52 by Jack Barker
1278 did not have a ripped crown sheet and she did not have a fire box explosion. 1278 suffered a Backdraft explosion in 1995 heading back to gettysburg from Mt Holly Spring Pennsylvania. She is currently being Cosmetically Restored at The Ohio Central Age Of Steam Roundhouse Shops in Sugarcreek Ohio.
Posted: Jul 12, 2008 @ 22:07:06 by Jake Crayton
#1278 is currently untarped and is awaiting restoration. She is next after 763.
Posted: Mar 14, 2006 @ 15:03:27 by Chris Kovacs

Ex-Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 #1278 was a boomer in the late '60s and early '70s. She was leased out to Ross Rowland's High Iron Company and did a stint on the Cadilac & Lake City in Michigan.

In 1973, the 1278 (a.k.a #127) was loaned to the Delaware & Hudson and was given a cosmetic alteration to look like D&H #653 (minus the Poppet Valve gear) and doubleheaded on the D&H Sequicentennial train with Ex-Reading 4-8-4 #2102 as D&H #302.

Posted: Oct 18, 2004 @ 11:10:14 by Doug Bailey

Added the NTSB's Special Investigative Report on the "Firebox Explosion" under discussion. You can click on the 'Links' button to find it, or go to the following URL:

Posted: Oct 17, 2004 @ 23:10:23 by Michael Ledingham
Not a boiler explosion.  The crown sheet ripped open due to low water in the boiler, and sent steam into the cab.  The boiler, to the best of my knowledge, remained intact.
Posted: Aug 25, 2004 @ 19:08:16 by James
Originally built for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, CPR 1278 was purchased by F. Nelson Blount in May 1965. She was renumbered 127 when she was place in service on Blount's Monadnock, Steamtown & Northern. Blount had three of these 1200-series CPR locos, 1246, 1278 and 1293. He planned to renumber them as 124, 127 and 129, as they were placed into service on the MS&N. Only 1278 was renumbered, carrying 127 from 1966 to 1973.

From 1970 to 1971 she was leased to the Cadillac & Lake City Railroad in Michigan. After this service she was pulled out of service for flues and running gear work. She returned to Steamtown in Bellows Falls and was changed back to 1278. After being moved to Steamtown in Scranton, PA she was traded to the Gettysburg Railroad for their CN 2-8-2 No. 3254. Gettysburg returned 1278 to service and operated her on their tourist line until the explosion in 1995.

Jerry Jacobson purchased the locomotive at auction in 1998 and it was moved to the Ohio Central Morgan Run Shops in 1999.

Posted: Aug 22, 2004 @ 16:08:53 by James
Orig. part of Steamtown collection. While in Vermont it was at one point re-numbered #127. It was F. Nelson Blount's "Pet" locomotive. The engine was leased for a time to the Cadillac & Lake City RR. It also was leased to Ross E. Rolland Jr's High Iron CO and used in excusrion service. Rolland also used it along with RDG #2102, which was turned into D&H #302 on the D&H'S Suscentennial trains. (1278 was also re-numbered, but I forget #)
Posted: May 16, 2003 @ 08:05:22 by Brian
This engine had suffered a servere boiler explosion during its operation on the Gettysburg RR.