GMD Vignettes

Brand new in August 1957,  CNR GMD1 1010 looks lovely as she is photographed in the sun at the plant London, ON.

CADRAIL / RB Recycling

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are continuing their contract to overhaul 26 SOO SD60’s and four SD60M's to Tier 0+ compliance, equip them with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop) to conserve fuel, and repaint and renumber to CP 6200-series.  The entire rebuilt SD60 fleet will receive (PTC) Positive Train Control modifications at the CP St-Luc Diesel Shop.


In Service:


CP SD60 6231 (ex-SOO 6031) released January 20th, 2013

CP SD60 6249 (ex-SOO 6049) released December 21st , 2012

CP SD60 6238 (ex-SOO 6038) released December 4th, 2012

CP SD60 6256 (ex-SOO 6056) released November 29, 2012

CP SD60 6246 (ex-SOO 6046) released November 20th, 2012

CP SD60 6230 (ex-SOO 6030) released November 1st, 2012 .

CP SD60 6236 (ex-SOO 6036) released October 26th, 2012.

CP SD60 6221 (ex-SOO 6021) released October 6th, 2012.

CP SD60 6223 (ex-SOO 6023) released September 20th, 2012

CP SD60 6257 (ex-SOO 6057) released August 31st, 2012

CP SD60 6234 (ex-SOO 6034) released August 15th, 2012

CP SD60 6252 (ex-SOO 6052) released July 25th, 2012

CP SD60 6255 (ex-SOO 6055) released June 21st, 2012

CP SD60 6229 (ex-SOO 6029) released June 5th, 2012

CP SD60 6243 (ex-SOO 6043) released April 20th, 2012

CP SD60 6254 (ex-SOO 6054) released March 29th, 2012

CP SD60 6245 (ex-SOO 6045) released March 6th, 2012

CP SD60 6242 (ex-SOO 6042) released March 1st, 2012

CP SD60M 6260 (ex-SOO 6060) released January 13th, 2012

CP SD60 6228 (ex-SOO 6028) released December 16th, 2011

CP SD60 6225 (ex-SOO 6025) released December 1st, 2011

CP SD60 6241 (ex-SOO 6041) released November 2011

CP SD60 6240 (ex-SOO 6040) released October 2011

CP SD60 6250 (ex-SOO 6050) released October 2011


At Cadrail:

SOO SD60 6039, arrived at St-Luc December 21st

SOO SD60M  6058 arrived at St-Luc December 21st   

SOO SD60M 6059 arrived at St-Luc December 21st

SOO SD60 6047 arrived in Montreal January 17th

SOO SD60 6048 arrived in Montreal January 17th

SOO SD60M 6062 arrived  in Montreal January 18th .


On January 20th, Jay Butler was first to catch CP 6231 fresh out of CAD trailing behind 8937 on CP 235 in Tilbury, ON.


Richard Marchi clicked all three SOO unserviceable new arrivals for CARAIL together at St-Luc Diesel Shop on December 23rd.



The following locomotives were released from CADRAIL:  


The last VIA F40PH-2d 6453 was released November 20th from CAD Railway Services, concluding the VIA F40-series rebuild program on schedule.  However, the previous rebuild released from CAD in mid- November VIA 6440 experienced operating problems in December and  was  returned dead-in-tow to CAD for repairs.  Following repairs, CSXT SD70ACe 4832 was returned to home rails, and CITX SD40-2 2804 (a former UP unit previously leased to CP was returned to the USA.


Enroute to CADRAIL:


At press time, CP  GP38-2 3027 was in transit from Winnipeg, MB  to CAD Railway Services in Lachine, QC for complete overhaul and repaint



Other Locomotives noted at the CADRAIL in January: 

CP SD60 6242 for warranty repairs.

CP GP9u 8219 (SUS at St-Luc Yard since July 31st 2012, and being repaired).   

CEFX SD9043MAC 105, 118, 136     

CEFX GP20D  2017 and 2026

VIA F40PH-2d 6440.


RBRX F59PH 18554 and 18558 have been stored outside for several months and have likely became parts sources. One of them was being cut up onsite January 2013.  CSXT SD70ACe 4832 was not seen and presumed to be off the property.

RBRX F59PH 18554 18537, and 18538 stored outside for several months, became parts sources and will be scrapped onsite.  RBRX 18554 is seen  missing parts, and being cut up January 20th.

VIA sleeper 8328 “Grant Manor”, is at CAD for repairs following the sideswipe by CN SD70M-2 8904 at the VIA station in Jasper, Alberta July 6th, 2010.

Richard Marchi was able to click a shot of CITX 119 in her new uniform at CAD January 13th

Back in 2008. Aivo Merimets snapped CEFX 119 wearing her previous livery as CEFX 119 leading a CP westbound on the Galt Sub at Innerkip, ON.

CLN Industries - Charny, QC

CLN INDUSTRIES located in Charny, QC continues to refurbish the interiors of the two VIA “Park” cars  and four “Chateau” sleepers .  The Budd-built stainless steel cars are:  VIA  8206 (Chateau Denonville), 8213 (Chateau Lauzon) and 8709 (Laurentide Park). VIA 8207 (Chateau Dollard), 8226, (Chateau Salaberry), and 8708 (Kootenay Park).  CLN and Services Ferroviaires Julien have been contracted to complete the interior refurbishment, but the all the car exterior work will be done at another repair shop.

Industrial Rail Services (IRSI)

Previously at IRSI, CAD Railway Industries has been contracted to finish the work on VIA RDC4 6250 (although it looks complete here in Martin Brodeur’s photo below).  VIA RDC4 6251, four other RDC's and 10 LRC cars are to be completed for VIA following an agreement after the IRSI bankruptcy.  VIA RDC 4 6250 was repainted and tacked on the end of #657. Note the large K5 horn on the ends of the Budd car.     
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Diesel Electric Services (DESX) Sudbury, Ontario

Rebuilt Resolute Forest Products SW1200RS 1305  returned home following repairs at DESX to the Resolute Mill in Iroquois Falls, ON.  Units on DESX property include:  (DESX) SD40-2W 5308, 5310, 5311, 5312, 5313, and SD40-2 5391.

NRE/Alco Locomotive Shop Sudbury, Ontario


There has been little activity at NRE-Capreol (which is a former CN Car Shop) over the last two months.  Reports suggest the Roberval - Saguenay GP38-3 (RS #62) is still at the shop incomplete.


Motive power stored at the shop in December included ex-CP SD40-2 NREX 5771 (purchased from CP in 2006) and eleven stored NREX units; (NREX) GP9 208, RS3 307, GMD1m 1141, 1149, GP9 1602, 1684, GMD1 1911, SD40-2 5567, 5619, 5620, 5644, and 5771.

Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) Sarnia, Ontario


Former GMDD/Caterpillar Shop switcher EMDX sw1001 #1 was purchased in November by Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) and was the last locomotive to depart the closed EMD London plant. Lambton Diesel Services also purchased CN SW1200RS 1375, IC SW14 1501, and SW1200RSu 7316 from CN’s Auction Sale.

©CRO February 2013