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  1. What happend?

    What happend?

    I'm posting this in response to my own photo, showcasing two brand new SD70M-2's shining away. This is the other side of new motive power acquisition. CN 9551, a GP40-2LW is seen on a E/B manifest, travelling CN's mainline, from the same angle, at two different times in its life. I think...
  2. Then & Now

    Then & Now

    CP 3088 leads 541 from Regina (top photo) and is ready to head out on a wayfreight (bottom photo). It's only a matter of time before those stains on the long hood come back...
  3. WC vs. WC

    WC vs. WC

    For starters, these aren't real WC engines. For over 30 years they were CN SD40's, the backbone of the fleet. Just like their SD40 brothers before them, who became CN 6000 SD40u series, they were sent for re-building to PSC in the 90s, who by that time was privatized by ALSTOM. Hence they got...
  4. Twins?


    CP 8217 & 1501 nay look alike, but their lives are quite different. CP 8217, GP9 started life in 1954 as CP 8502; CP 1501 started life in 1952 as 8409. Today 1501 is a proud leader of the 1501+1566 belt-pack switcher set, while 8217 and sister 8218 are the elite roadswitcher units assigned...
  5. All year round.

    All year round.

    The CN mainline looking west. Autumn rain, winter cold and summer with a train in the distance. Mainline used by CN, BNSF, VIA, CEMR (shortline) and specials like AOE. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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