In this photo taken in December, 1932, in Niagara Falls, New York, 2-8-2 No. 2022 poses at the coaling tower in her former identity as Michigan Central No. 7922. A representative of class H-7c, No. 2022 had 63-inch drivers, 27x30-inch cylinders, and a locomotive weight of 322,000 pounds. A 1913 product of the American Locomotive Company's Brooks works, she carried a boiler pressure of 190 pounds per square inch and mustered a tractive effort of 56,100 pounds. Boosters applied to some members of the H-7e class added another 10,400 pounds of tractive force, but No. 2022's H-7d group did not receive them.
This engine was among the former Michigan Central H-7 locomotives that were assigned to the Canada Southern (CASO), the Michigan Central's extension across southern Ontario — hence the required "cowcatcher" pilot instead of the footboards used on many other NYC System freight locomotives. These CASO H-7s were among the last steam engines operated by the New York Central System. A Gary Steubben photo in George Elwood's collection, taken in Fort Erie, Ontario in June, 1955, shows No. 2022 still under steam, and she was not retired till February 1956. (Some 2-8-0s remained in transfer service in the Buffalo area till April 1957.) For more photos of Class H-7 engines on the Canada Southern, visit the Michigan Central 2-8-2 Page on Terry Link's CASO web site.