The locomotive was used for heavy passenger service for the Canadian Pacific railroad.
The locomotive was retired in 1960 and donated to Steamtown, USA in Bellows Falls, Vermont where it used to be on static display.
In 1998 The locomotive was transported from Scranton to Montreal via Binghamton and Albany, New York, before being shipped cross country to the BC Rail steam shops in Vancouver for restoration.
In September 2001 the locomotive made its first trial run from the BC Rail steam shops to its new home of Calgary.
After an extensive restoration, the locomotive returned to service in 2001 and has been used by the Canadian Pacific Railway in occasional excursion service.
- The 2816 is the only non-streamlined H1 Hudson to have survived into preservation.
- It was used in Rocky Mountain Express, a 2011 IMAX film which follows the locomotive on a journey from Vancouver to Montreal while telling the CPR's history.
- In 1998 Canadian Pacific purchased 2816 after hearing of its availability from the crews who were running the Royal Hudson 2860, who had been looking for parts for 2860 and were offered the entire locomotive.
- On September 27, 2003 it double-heading with Canadian National No. 2141.
- On May 16th, 2002 the CPR Empress operated on two trips of the West Coast Express.
- In 1948 once wore smoke deflectors while hauling a passenger train.
- No. 2816 double-heading with Milwaukee Road 261 on Sept. 15 2007.