The old Evergreen 504 engine is an old 4-4-0 American type steam locomotive, discovered by Bert and Cedric when they discover some old railroad tracks in the Evergreen Forest. The train had been hijacked and stolen by a train robber known as Snake Eyes LaTour sometime in the early 20th century when it was carrying the railroad company payroll of $10,000,000. LaTour hid the train and the money so he could come back for it later, but was caught by the law shortly afterwards so he never came back to find it or the money he hid on board, so the Locomotive was left abandoned for decades until it was found by Bert and Cedric.
With the help of Schaeffer, they began to restore the engine back to operational condition so they could donate it to the Evergreen Museum. However, when Cyril Sneer found out about the $10,000,000 the train was carrying when it was stolen by Snake Eyes, he decided to recover it so he could use it to pay off a $1,000,000 debt on Sneer Mansion to Mr. Knox. First, he and the Pigs acquired a new steam dome to replace the old one on the 504, since whenever Snake Eyes stole a train, he would hide the money in the steam dome then come back for it later, but since he didn't come back this time nor had the train been found, it had never been recovered.
However, he soon found out, much to his dismay, that the money wasn't inside the old steam dome, making him realize that Snake Eyes must have changed his motives on his very last robbery, so they return to the 504 (after being restored) and searched around the train to try and find the missing money, with the Pigs looking inside the locomotive's cab and Cyril searching back in the caboose. However, as they're searching, the Pigs accidentally open the engine's throttle and cause the train to become a runaway.
When Cyril found this out, he climbed over the caboose and tender to the to the engine's cab, and Bert and Schaeffer (having gone up the line with Cedric to make sure it was safe for the train to run on) catch up to the train on a handcar and jump on board, just as the train crosses a derelict trestle bridge which collapses as soon as the train gets across. But just as it does, the engine runs out of steam and starts to roll back towards the collapsed bridge, so Cyril stokes coal into the firebox to build up the steam pressure again. As he does, he digs up the $10,000,000 Snake Eyes had stolen years ago, but his celebration is short lived when the caboose starts to roll over the end of the bridge, he reluctantly uses the money to stoke the fire to save them just in time.
After that hectic experience, 504 finally pulled into Evergreen Station where crowd excitedly greets the train. When it does, Lady Baden-Baden announced the formation of the Evergreen Steam Heritage Foundation and open up a new steam service on the Evergreen Line. As for Cyril and the Pigs, they finally manage to settle the debt with Mr. Knox by working it off as the train's crew, with Cyril working as the conductor and the Pigs as the engine's firemen. Since that day, the Evergreen 504 has run on the line ever since.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Bert imagines himself as a railroad engineer of the 504 engine, who tries to protect the money from Snake Eyes LaTour back when he robs the train.
- A passenger car, a mail car, and a boxcar should have been added to the Evergreen 504's train, with the engine and its coal tender in front, a boxcar behind the tender, a baggage car in the middle and finally a passenger car between the baggage car and the caboose.
- The Evergreen 504 engine has a 4-4-0 wheel arrangement, and is also known as an American type steam locomotive. Locomotives of this wheel arrangement were used most common on American railroads during the 1800's, and from the 1830's until 1928, were given the name "American" in 1872, because of how they did all the work on just about every railroad in the United States. These types of engines have eight wheels (four leading wheels, four driving wheels, and no trailing wheels).
- Usually a steam engine's tender would have two four-wheel trucks, which would make for a total of 8 wheels, except for the 504, which has four wheels on its coal tender. Steam locomotives with 4 wheel tenders were usually found on early European steam locomotives.
- The Evergreen 504 bears a strong resemblance to Canadian Pacific Railway #29. It was built in September 1887 for the Canadian Pacific Railway by the Canadian Locomotive Company and served the CPR hauling freight and passengers until it retired from revenue service in 1960. It is now on static display in front of the Canadian Pacific headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.
- The 504 was probably built around the 1860s - 1870s because back in the old days of railroading, almost every steam locomotive had brass parts (as evidenced since the 504's steam dome and pistons are brass) until 1880 when all of the brass was ether removed or painted over with black.
- The robbery must've occurred sometime in the early 1900s because the first train robbery in Canada didn't occur until 1904.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Evergreen 504/Gallery