CANADIAN LOCOMOTIVE SHOPS

 

October 2011

 

 

EMD Open House London Ontario Oct 2, 2011

(Walter E Pfefferle)

 

EMD in London Ontario held an open house October 2nd and showed off their SD70ACE units. Everyone was allowed to tour the plant and see how these locomotives are put together.

 

The weather was wet and cold but I did managed to get a shot of EMD 2112 and UP 8677 that were displayed in the front of the plant.  EMD plans to be a number of these units and they will be leased out but at this point there is no confirmed customer.

 

A rare view of how these unit were put together was much appreciated by all those that attended. All sales of food and shirts went to the united Way. A big Thank You to EMD.

 

 

Electro Motive Diesel (EMD Inc.)

(By Don McQueen – London, ON)  

Summary of EMDI deliveries during September 2011:

During the month of August, possibly 24 new units were assumed shipped from London.

On August 2, the six orange, yellow and grey SD70ACes for QNS&L 508-513 (in order 20106364) were shipped east via GEXR and CN to Montreal. Although sightings were sparse it is believed the first 17 (UP 8671-8687) of 40 SD70ACes in order 20106374.

On September 18th Chris van der Heide caught brand new SD70ACes (UP 8696, 8700, 8694) rolled out of Sarnia, Ontario on CN 501 (Sarnia-Pt. Huron transfer).

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On or about August 23, the six GT38ACes, CC205.01 to CC205.06 in order 20078996 for the Perusahaan Jawatan Kereta Api (PTKA) line in Sumatra departed Halifax on JUMBO SPIRIT.

 On August 26, EMDX Tier 3 prototype SD70ACe 2012 (order 20116455) was shipped under tarp from CP Quebec Street to LaGrange and then to the “Railway Interchange 2011” and was displayed in Minneapolis September 18 to 24. Karl Andraschko photographed the special Electro-Motive paint scheme on EMDX 2012 beside Progress Rail’s PR30C (PRLX 3004) in Minneapolis, Minnesota Sept 18th.

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September 9th Bombardier Transportation unveiled the first EMD 4,300-hp locomotive (of an order of 32) completed for Progress Rail Services Corp. at Bombardier’s Ciudad Sahagun, Mexico, plant. Final assembly of Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACes involves building the frame structure, final assembly of the locomotive, static and dynamic functional testing, and painting. Work began in April 2011. EMD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress Rail Services.

“Bombardier Transportation is proud to deliver the first of these 32 locomotives, highlighting the excellent operating capacity of our Ciudad Sahagun plant and the skill of our work force,” said Raymond Bachant, president, North America, Bombardier Transportation. “It once again demonstrates Bombardier’s commitment to deliver high quality products to our customers.” More than 1,300 locomotives have been manufactured and assembled since 1997 in Bombardier Transportation’s Mexico facilities, mainly for export to the U.S.

http://www.railwayage.com/breaking-news/another-first-for-bombardier-at-mexico-plant-3487.html

Reports in trade periodicals have provided some tidbits about London-built JT42CWRs (66 or 77 class) in Egypt, Europe and Britain.

Egyptian Railways now are using JT42CWRs 2124-2163 (20078963, built 2008) to work many of its expresses, including the Aswan-Cairo sleeping car trains. [The Railway Magazine 7-2011 p98]

In Europe -

On May 17 seven Class 77 locos were transferred from Kijfhoek (Rotterdam) to Antwerpen Schijnpoort, on the way to France. Three of the locos, numbered 77501 to 77503 (20078941-001 to 003, built 2009) in white and red livery, as they were originally ordered by Veolia Cargo, before the takeover by SNCF/Europorte. The other four - DE 6310 to 13 (20078920-001 to 004, built 2008) in grey as they were built for Crossrail; they will be numbered 77504 to 77507 in France. All are now owned by SNCF leasing subsidiary Akiem and will be used by SNCF subsidiary VFLI.

Then on May 28 all seven were hauled by SNCF to Lille. VFLI then moved some to its workshops and training centre at Carling in eastern France and others to Boulogne. The locos are to be used by VFLI for eight years on 1800 tonne trains of cereals from central France to the Lille area and on trains of aggregates to the Paris region. [Today's Railways-Europe 7-2011, p43]

In Britain, GBRf Railfreight unveiled a 'rainbow' Class 66 on July 3, 2011. In March, GB Railfreight managing director John Smith promised a striking new livery on one of his Class 66 fleet. Metronet Class 66 No.66720 (20048652-03, built 2006) painted in a multi-coloured 'night' and 'day' sided paint scheme designed by six-year-old Emily Goodman after winning a competition run last autumn on a company fun day to design the livery. [The Railway Magazine 9-2011 p79]

Today's Railways-Europe [8-2011, p13] has reported a 'New Class 66 on the way'. The magazine "reported recently the last EMD JT42CWRM diesel loco (Class 66 or 77) was completed in April. Nothing had been heard of the replacement design, announced in 2008 and we assumed that the project had been a casualty of EMD's takeover by Caterpillar.

We have now learned that the new JT42ACe/Class 66EU prototype has only been delayed by the takeover. The loco should have been completed by now but is expected late in 2011. It will have the same power rating as Class 66 (2420 kW) we presume it will be powered by a version of same engine. However, this detail has not yet been announced. The loco will have the same radial steering bogies as Class 66 but with AC instead of DC traction motors."

On September 4th Bruce Denny caught KCS SD70Ace 4025 at Mansfield, LA. Note that KCS 4025 has now gone from KCS gray to Retro Southern Belle livery. The font used in the cab number on the side is identical to that used on the "Baby Belles" and distinctly different from the factory painted numbering (e.g. on the 4052, which was behind the 4025 in this consist).

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September 9th Bombardier Transportation unveiled the first EMD 4,300-hp locomotive (of an order of 32) completed for Progress Rail Services Corp. at Bombardier’s Ciudad Sahagun, Mexico, plant. Final assembly of Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACes involves building the frame structure, final assembly of the locomotive, static and dynamic functional testing, and painting. Work began in April 2011. EMD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress Rail Services.

“Bombardier Transportation is proud to deliver the first of these 32 locomotives, highlighting the excellent operating capacity of our Ciudad Sahagun plant and the skill of our work force,” said Raymond Bachant, president, North America, Bombardier Transportation. “It once again demonstrates Bombardier’s commitment to deliver high quality products to our customers.” More than 1,300 locomotives have been manufactured and assembled since 1997 in Bombardier Transportation’s Mexico facilities, mainly for export to the U.S.

 http://www.railwayage.com/breaking-news/another-first-for-bombardier-at-mexico-plant-3487.html

CADRAIL / RB Recycling – Lachine, QC

The eight SOO SD60’s being overhauled and painted will be numbered to the CP 6200-series. To date five are at CAD: 6025, 6040, 6041, 6050, and SD60M 6060. Whether the entire fleet is overhauled or not, CP plans to renumber SOO SD60’s 6021-57 and SD60M's 6058-62 to the CP 6200's, eliminating conflict with CP SD40-2 6000's.

MI-RAIL painted F59PH RBRX 18533 is currently stored with 10 other ex-G0 F59PH’s (RBRX 18536, 18537, 18538, 18539, 18541, 18542, 18546, 18547, 18551, 18554) at Pointe St-Charles yard at American Motive Power. As the loco is hidden from most viewing at AMP, Guy Pascal Arcouette was only able to shoot the rear. Richard Marchi photographed the engine in fresh paint and in Transit to Michigan last year, however the Michigan Intercity Passenger project was cancelled, and this F59PH was returned to Montreal a few months back, and is stored at AMP.  

 

Richard Marchi clicked this repainted tank car at Cadrail in September, with CAD reporting marks! 

 

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Industrial Rail Services (IRSI) – Moncton, NB

IRSI released LRC car #3339 which departed Moncton NB westbound on the tailend of VIA 15 September 24th.  Ron Visockis found 3328 at Belleville with a comparison to the original scheme. “Look for an extra yellow band over the windows. They removed the flag but kept CANADA in the middle of the car ..." 

 Sterling Rail

 Seven stored Lake State Railway Alco/MLW locomotives are listed for sale on Sterling Rail, including three of their former CN MLW M420W's (3500, 3504, 798 (ex-3577)). The other four are ex-Conrail/PRR C425's rebuilt with AC alternators ("C425M-AC"). http://sterlingrail.com/classifieds/Listings.php?type=Locomotive&fsw=FS

 

© CRO Oct  2011