MLW Vignettes

(by Deane Motis)

MLW constructed  only 10 RSD12 units.  A 10 unit order was received from Companhia Siderurgia National in 1962.  This rail was one of the key lines forming RFFSA.   RFFSA 3501 switches a yard in Sao Paulo state in April of 1982.


RFFSA 3340 is one of 58 RS3's ordered in 1952 from Montreal Locomotive Works.  Here 3340 switches the broad gauge at Belo Horizonte, MG  April 3, 1980.


In many parts of Brazil duel gauge is common, as is meter and broad.  Here, MLW RS3 3348, a sister unit #3343 and a transition car switches the meter gauge at Belo Horizonte.


EMD News

Great Britain Rail Freight (GBRF) have acquired three JT locomotives which had been built at the EMD London Ontario plant from earlier European order (20078968).  Never entering service in Europe as planned, the orphans were shipped to England in Mid-December 2012.

66747 ex 92 80 1266 266-4 20078968-007

66748 ex 92 80 1266 263-1 20078968-004

66749 ex 92 80 1266 265-6 20078968-006

(Our thanks to Martin Baumann)


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 .


SOO SD60M 6059 awaiting it’s turn for overhaul ad CADRAIL February 3rd



The following locomotives were released from CADRAIL:  


Rebuilt VIA F40PH-2d 6440 was released from CAD in mid-November 2012 but experienced operating problems and returned to CAD for repairs, it has now returned to service.  CAD Railway Services concluded the VIA F40-series rebuild program on schedule, with the final F40PH-2d (VIA 6453) released November 20th, 2012.


CN 2263 received major Tier 3 or 4 emission  modifications at CAD and now has the middle part of the long hood slightly higher. Richard Marci caught the same engine a while back at CAD with the hood removed and under a tarp.  Here it is now: 



Locomotives noted at CADRAIL in February:     


CP  GP38-2 3027  for complete overhaul and repaint

CP SD60 6242 for warranty repairs

CP 9725 AC4400CW for repairs

CP 9750 AC4400CW the stack was capped

CP GP9u 8219 (SUS at St-Luc Yard since July 31st 2012)   

CITX SD9043MAC 105, 118, 119, 133, 136 repainted in blue scheme with CIT Logo.  CITX SD9043MAC 105 was the last of these to wear the older “CEFX” maroon and grey livery.

CEFX GP20D  2017 and 2026

RBRX F59PH 18554 18537, and 18538 stored outside for several months, became parts sources and are being scrapped.



Michael Berry snapped CITX SD9043MAC 118, 133 In fresh blue paint with new CIT Logo on the long hood, February 2nd They appear to have had engine change outs as well.



VIA sleeper 8328 “Grant Manor” is at CAD for repairs. It incurred sideswipe damage from CN SD70M-2 8904 at the VIA station in Jasper, Alberta back on July 6th, 2010.

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)

CAD Railway Industries has been contracted to finish the work on VIA RDC4 6250, VIA RDC4 6251, and four other RDC's, and 10 LRC cars are to following an agreement after the IRSI bankruptcy.

Diesel Electric Services (DESX) Sudbury, Ontario

Units stored 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 three 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


Last year, Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) purchased CN SW1200RS 1375, IC SW14 1501, and SW1200RSu 7316 from CN’s Auction Sale and former GMDD/Caterpillar Shop Switcher EMDX  SW1001 #1.


©CRO March 2013