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Dakota Missouri Valley & Western Railroad ( Former CN ) GP40-2L'S sandwiching a former SP/WP GP35 at Bismark, ND. awaiting their next assignment
If those Geeps are still good, then why did CN sell them?
That's just how class 1 railroads are. Once they've ordered enough new units to handle the traffic, then they start getting rid of the oldest power on their roster. Many shortlines & regionals can't afford buying brand new power, so they have to get them second hand from class 1 railroads that don't need some of their stored power so they sell it, instead of just letting them sit around

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