Unusual in North America was a Mikado type, with "elephant ear" smoke deflectors but, for some reason the provincially-owned Ontario Northland Railway had a class of 2-8-2s so adorned (and even a 2-8-0). Since these were relatively low-speed freight locomotives, possibly the deflectors had more to do with the heavy snowfall in the region served by the railroad. The pilot of the locomotive, below the smokebox, is covered by a large steel plate that may have served to keep snow from accumulating there in wintry weather, as well as directing airflow upward. Many Canadian National locomotives were so equipped.

Passing through North Bay, Ontario in August, 1955, I was able to photograph 2-8-2 No. 306 at the ONR terminal facilities, stored "dead" but still with valve gear rods attached. No. 306 was built in 1921 by the Canadian Locomotive Company for the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario, the name of the Ontario Northland before 1946. (It is said the name was changed to avoid confusion of its initials with the Texas & New Orleans, a Southern Pacific subsidiary in the U.S.) This locomotive was originally a member of the 141 class as No. 147, then was renumbered in 1929 to No. 306 in the 300 class. These engines had 63-inch drivers and 25x30-inch cylinders. They carried a boiler pressure of 180 p.s.i. and weighed 238,000 pounds. With these dimensions, their tractive effort was about 49,500 pounds. All ONR 2-8-2s were scrapped by 1957 when the railroad became completely dieselized.