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The SP&S 700 leads the ORHF Holiday Express in Portland, OR on Saturday, Dec 5, 2009. The extreme cold weather produced beautiful vapor plumes while running along the partially frozen Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge pond.
CP 2008 Holiday train passes the Fleming elevator that is currently been restored to its original form. I was unlucky this day with the holiday train coming westbound in the morning resulting in a backlight photo.
CP's AC4400CW fleet is not HEP equipped, thus this flat is used to provide power to the Holiday train. It has to be the best looking in the fleet - ironic since its one of the oldest, of '72 heritage. Lots of them still around in regular IMS service, probably the oldest IMS cars on any Class I...
Back in Nova Scotia, I used to see long cuts of 60' paper boxcars all the time on CBNS. They're virtually absent on CP through town (maybe 10 per year!), except for the Holiday train, where this cut of four can be seen.
Do any other Railways have such a car? Essentially a stage on wheels, idle for 11/12 months of the year. CP has two of them, one per each Holiday train. Note the covered up Christmas trees on the roof.
You can clearly see the covered Christmas tree from this angle. Note the baby carriadge and its occupant treespassing on RR property. LOL
Interstingly the two bells on the side are mounted differently. The first one appears to be a tradional design, whereas the 2nd is on a frame, like most...
The stage car can speak for itself, but note the car next to it! I believe its the only 50' boxcar to have CP's rodent decal attached. They are very common on 60' high-cubes. Note the covered Christmas tress on the roof.
Once upon a time such trains ran all over the country. Today they've been 'downgraded' to running on a mixed, complete with an AC4400CW for power, IMS and paper boxcars. Ouch! The Holiday train sure looks nice.
Don't let the pretty looks fool you, this car is as Canadian as... an ex-UP...
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