DAVENPORT, Iowa — The rhythmic chug of a bygone era will echo through the streets of downtown Davenport on May 10 as The Empress 2816, a 4-6-4 Hudson-type steam locomotive, makes its grand appearance. The public is invited, free of charge, to witness this iconic marvel of engineering as it rolls into the heart of the city.

Canadian Pacific Kansas City's Final Spike Anniversary Steam Tour to Bring Historic Locomotive to Iowa

The event, part of Canadian Pacific Kansas City's (CPKC) Final Spike Anniversary Steam Tour, promises a nostalgic journey for attendees of all ages. Dating back to 1930, The Empress 2816 will be on display from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Quinlan Court, 101 East River Dr., offering a rare opportunity to bask in its historic aura.


The Empress: CPR 2816 (Facebook)
The Empress: CPR 2816 (Facebook)

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Embarking on April 24 from CPKC's headquarters in Calgary, Canada, the tour has been a testament to the enduring allure of steam locomotives. As it winds its way south through the states, it will culminate in its final destination, Mexico City, Mexico, on June 4.

Iconic 94-Year-Old Steam Train to Grace Downtown Davenport on May 10

The Empress 2816 stands not just as a relic of the past, but as a living testament to the golden age of railways. Visitors will have the chance to get up close to this marvel of engineering, gaining insights into CPKC's rich railway history. The event will feature the opportunity to ride on the Puffer Belly Express mini-train, a quarter-scale steam locomotive model, adding an extra layer of excitement for enthusiasts.

Puffer Belly Express mini-train. (cpkcr.com)
Puffer Belly Express mini-train. (cpkcr.com)

More information on the steam train tour can be found on CPKC's website.

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