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A typical CN police cruiser, patrolling the mainline, as always giving a wave. From a distance it looks like your regular RCMP cruiser, in fact it only says "CN" on the small SD75I loco decal on the cab door.
The photo is now historic, since the switch in the background was removed...
Portage la Prairie is one of the best places to railfan on the Prairies, as that's where the CN & CP mainlines meet, not to mention CP's & CN's Prarie North Lines. The town itself doesn't generate much traffic however, thus there's only one unit on duty - a GP38-2, ussually CP 3106...
Caught him on a Portage la Prairie local on June 6th, 2005 in a very intersting consist:
CP 3106 (GP38-2 aka town switcher)
two 60' Simplot reefers
one Procor tanker, white colored
and this amazing caboose, all boarded up!
I've seen the local a couple times before, but never with a...
CN MOW employees working the mainline. The way I cropped the shot, you might think that its two mainlines meeting at a diamond, when in fact its just a curve. The "MOW tractor" is lifting the other MOW onto the rails. A very neat operation to observe.
A special indeed! Even the weather cooperated!
Actually it was two business cars dead in transit:
CN 1060 1949 "Sandford Fleming" Track inspection car &
CN 1059 1954 "Tawaw" Reception-Marketing car
Trailing CN 5456 & BCOL 766 on an intermodal.
PS. The clouds...
A bit of history on these units (WC 6900-6949)
Originally CN SD40's in the 5000-5240 series, look like this:
- rebuild by Ashtom in 1997/1998, look like this:
While CP's GP38-2 are everywhere, in the yards, on branchline duty and on mainline trains, CN GP38-2's tend to hang around large yards, which are often enclosed, being mothers to special hump slugs. That's why I was very exited when CN sent a GP38-2 on a local along with the usual GP9RM slug...
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 *...
Three VIA F40PH-2's, with VIA 6435 & 6449 in the lead, take the Canadian Eastbound.
Ussually two units lead the tri-weekly train. Always running elephant style.
Here's the same train with two F40PH-2's leading:
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