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Geep power in Homewood: CN 7211 GP9Rm, CN 211 GP9 Slug, and IC 9629 GP38-2 for power. This photo was taken from the Railroad Park viewing platform in town, a Metra electric is at the Homewood passenger station in the background.
CNs first GP38-2 is in good company: trailing a GP40-2LW (currently oldest on CNs roster) followed by a GP9RM predecessor. As you can see with each generation the cab gets bigger LOL. Sadly the GP40-2LWs were the last new Geeps on CNs roster.
From MP 25.00 York sub
June 29th, 2008
Looks like Saskatoons main yard engine got some fresh paint in the cab area. Normally he operates exclusively in the main yard, which is largely inaccessible (recall http://tinyurl.com/69r8jh) however today he went out to lift some hoppers at the nearby elevator. Interestingly its located on CPs...
This unit started its life as a GP9 in 1955, originally CN 2021, re-numbered 4472 in 1956, then re-build to GP9RM in 1992, becoming CN 7059. This year after 57 years on CN he was retired and sold to VIRX. Unless he's going to a shortline, chances are that this is the last time he's seeing CN...
Category: Lease Units, Demonstrators, Specials etc.
Since CN uses a GP9RM+slug set for power, it's only natural that they get to lead. Here the switcher is bringing in 4 bulkheads from the nearby Industrial park. The way the photo is cropped however, it looks like a much bigger train.
Note the headlight on the slug, these are unique to the S-3...
GP38-2 #4718 and GP9RM # 7051 pull 10 cars towards Thorton Yard in Surrey, BC. CN's Tilbury Switcher serves several industries on a shared branchline with BNSF. The Tilbury branchline connects to BNSF's New Westminster Subdivision.
I've been observing this local for almost two years now. It performs switching at Fort Rouge yard, local job to Fort Garry Industrial Park #2 (aka former Manitoba Sugar site) and to the cement plant, which is where this local is coming from. I've seen the following lash-ups for power, with an *...
On one of my first visits to Portage JCT (I visit that place about once/twice a week) I was lucky enough to catch a great traffic jam. I've seen bottlenecks since, but this one is by far the best. Let's break it down:
In the foreground, E/B CN local with CN 1435 & 7220 (GMD1u & GP9RM)...
CN crew works in winter and spring. If you look really carefuly, you'll notice that the slugs are different. In the top photo it's YBU-4, in the bottom one it's a S-3. Most often it's a GP9 slug though. The power is always GP9RM.
CN 7213 & 203
CN 7251 & 268
Curently CEMR owns 7 ex-CN GP9RM's and 3 ex-CP SW1200 series locos (or something close), yet all they send my way in CEMR 4001 & 4002, the GP9RM's I've been catching since 2003. Oh well, they do look good though.
As the local returns from the cement plant, it's being passed by an eastbound.
Power: CN 2626 & 2531 (Dash 9-44CW's) and an unidentified CN SD75I or SD70I.
The power for the local: CN 271 (GP9 slug) CN 7267 (GP9RM)
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