Tumbler Ridge heavy electrics

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Once upon a time, there were seven 6000hp electric freight locomotives prowling the Tumbler Ridge subdivision, hauling coal.

In 1983/84, seven heavy electric locomotives, GF6C's, were built by GMD, in collaboration with ASEA of Sweden.

The British Columbia Railway(BCR) chose the GF6C's because of the long non-ventilated tunnels, steep grades; and sharp curves in found in the Tumbler Ridge region.

In 2000, the CF6C's ceased operating due to less than expected traffic, and the cost of the electrical power, to run the locomotives, could not be justified.

In 2004, BCR CF6C no. 6001 was purchased by a family, and it resides at the Prince George Railway and Forestry museum. It is said to be in good working order. The other six BCR GF6C's were scrapped.

I am curious... were the BCR GF6C's good machines. Did they perform well during their time, hauling coal, at Tumbler Ridge?


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