Newest GE ES44AC locomotives (all now delivered):
As of late-March, CN 2800-2834 had all been delivered completing CN’s first ever AC order. Two of these, CN 2818 suffered a failure during February and was sent to GE for repairs, and CN 2823 is being repaired at Soulanges Industries in Coteau, QC following a collision with a coal loader in Ontario. The rest of the fleet are all in service and assigned to trains operating west of Edmonton, AB.
CN’s 30 new SD70ACe locomotives, which are CN’s first Electro Motive-built “AC” locomotives, are to begin construction later this year, and are to be numbered CN 8100-8129. In total, CN will acquire 65 new high-horsepower locomotives and is splitting the new locomotive order in two, with GE delivering 35 ES44AC 4,400 hp locomotives during 2013 and EMD building 30 SD70ACe 4,300 hp locomotives all equipped with Distributed Power (DPU) technology.
CN’s Second Hand Power:
CN Dash 8-40C / C40-8W STATUS as of April 2013
While CREX 9023-9064 are on the property, none of the 42 C40-8s (4000 hp) have entered service, at this time only renumbered CN 2000-2041 in spray paint. These are ex-UP same numbers, nee-CNW 8501-8542, and the second group of ex-UP, nee-CNW Dash 8’s that CN has purchased. These are to be painted at Centralia and then completed at either Metro East Industries (MEI) in East St. Louis, IL. or at Quality Rail in Madison, IL. These CREX C40-8’s were constructed at GE - Erie, PA in 1989, as CNW 8501-8530, and as CNW 8531-8542 during 1990. When Union Pacific acquired the Chicago & North Western Railroad they got numbered UP 9023-9064, but not in sequence. When retired by UP during 2008 and 2009, they were sold to Citicorp Railmark and retained their UP livery and road number, with CREX on the cab sides. Prior to being purchased by CN last year, these had been leased to CSX.
Compiled below are all the most recent ex-CREX and the older ex-UP Dash 8-40C’s and ex-BNSF C40-8W’s acquired by CN arranged by locomotive model, and their new CN number. (Our thanks to Earl Roberts for his help)
Note: The very first CN 2000 to 2024 number series were GP9’s from 1955 which became CN 4451-4475 a year later. CN 2000:2 to 2024:2 and CN 2025 to 2043 MLW C-630M, so the ex UP are 2000:3 to 2024:3 and 2025:2 to 2041:2. (Martin Bauman with thanks)
CN (ex-GMTX/ex-EMDX) SD60 STATUS
All 43 second-hand EMD SD60 (3,800 hp) locomotives that CN acquired from GMTX last year, have been repainted, upgraded to CN specifications, and are in service. As well, the first units from the 2nd group of 47 EMDX Oakway’s are being painted at Centralia, IL with several in service, A handful in Oakway colours that were CN patched and pressed into service, were shutdown in April, and sent to the Centralia Shop for painting.
Patched and in Service: (from the second group of Ex-EMDX SD60's):
Patched and pulled from service at Centralia, IL:
Patched and moved to Homewood, IL:
5461, 5476, 5479, 5484
CN 5452, 5459, 5467, and 5486 (from the 2nd group of ex-EMDX SD60’s).
Compiled below are the 47 new EMD SD60’s in the EMDX 9000-series that CN recently purchased, along with the previous ex-GMTX units, for a total of 90 EMD SD60’s added to the CN roster.
CN (ex-Oakway) SD60 Roster:
NEW FORMER NUMBERS SERIAL NEW FORMER NUMBERS
On April 5th George Redmond was first to catch CN 5459 in new paint at the CN engine facility at Centralia, IL, and almost ready to enter service.
Patched CN 5465, and EMDX 9029, EMDX 9017. and EMDX 9008 await their turn in the paint booth at the CN engine facility in Centralia, IL on April 4th.
Fresh from the shop and almost complete, CN SD60 5452 wears her first class paint job just outside the Centralia, IL shop, George Redmond snapped this former “Oakway” leaser on April 12th.
CN 5459 and IC 3107 side by side at the CN yards at Du Quoin, IL April 12th.
A good nose view of CN 5459 just before entering service on April 6th at the CN engine facility at Centralia, IL.
On April 6th CN 5452 was in new paint at the Centralia Shop.
Recently repainted CN SD60's #5459 and #5452 lead train A432 thru Carbondale, IL on April 17th. Third out was GP40-2LW #9592.
On April 21st, CN patched 5479, 5476, 5456, and 5445 which were all pulled from service in April, were at Centralia, lined up for painting.
Retired in 2013:
CN Hump Slug 508
CN GP9RM 7024, and 7051.
Sold in 2013
In mid-March, Canadian National Railway sold track inspection theatre car CN 1060 “Sanford Fleming” and CN heavyweight platform observation car 1058 to the Canadian Pacific Railway which were renumbered CP 2 and CP 1. In March they were moved to Quality Rail in East St. Louis, IL for repaint.
BCOL B39-8E 1700, 3901-3911 (inclusive), were all retired back in 2011 with 3911 retired in December 2009 and stored in the former IC yard at Centralia, IL. The ex-BC Rail B39-8Es were shipped out the second week of February 2013, some destined to Mobile, AL, and others billed to Baton Rouge, LA. A few are being prepared for export, with reports suggesting they are destined to FIT in Mexico.
On April 29th, George Redmond snagged freshly painted CN GP40-2LW 9525 at the CN engine facility in Centralia, IL.
On April 9th, James Lalande photographed Train 451 CN GTW SD40-3 5949 fresh from repaint with sister GTW 5948 leading!
CP acquires another business car from CN:In late April, former Wisconsin Central heavy weight rear platform observation car “Superior” had been relettered to CP 3 at the CN Woodcrest Shop. It is still wearing the WC maroon and yellow paint scheme, and is the third business car CP has purchased in two months, In March, the Canadian National Railway sold two cars from their executive fleet to the Canadian Pacific Railway which were renumbered CP 2 and CP 1. Track inspection theater car CN 1060 “Sanford Fleming” ( “CP2”), and CN heavyweight platform observation car 1058 (“CP1”) were then moved to Quality Rail in East St. Louis, IL for repaint
On April 6th Ken Lanovich noted five of the CN 5500-series SD60F`s parked at the CN Woodcrest Shop. He surmised they may be going into storage, or go up for sale, as he overheard they were removing the radios out of them.
CN 9592, IC 2725, & CN 8856 were photographed on a NB grain empty at Centralia, IL. On April 26th, Note the odd looking low noodle on this nose repaint.
CN #331 continues to have more new NSC-built CSX/ETTX autoracks (up to ETTX 715908) and CN #330 had more of the brand new DWC 200000-series pipe bulkhead cars built by Freight Car America, the pipe cars are destined to Atlas Steel in St. Catharines, ON. During April, a trace of the cars showed almost 100 of them at Southern Yard, Don McQueen (FROTH) believes the plan is to use them in pulpwood service when this oil boom quiets down.
On April 16th, Don McQueen snapped one of the new DWC lettered CN cars at Watford ON.
On April 3rd, GTW GP38-2 5850 rests between assignments at the CN engine facility at Centralia, IL .
On April 3rd, CN SD70M-2 #8023 and IC SD70 #1028 are in charge of a SB passing M.P 343 at Ullin, IL. Later that same day at the same location, train A432 is lead south thru Dongola, IL by BCOL C40-8M #4611, CN SD75I #5641 and GP40-2LW #9455 scream past M.P 340. All mileposts are distance from Chicago.
EJE SD38-2 674 leads a SB grain train at Carbondale, IL on April 5th with SD75I 5684 and GP40-2LW 9455 behind likely on L590 to Cairo, IL.
On April 12th, EJ&E 658 in the CN yards at Du Quoin, IL.
Christopher Bodkin bagged CN A432 heading through Carbondale, IL on April 12th with IC SD70 #1018 and CN C44-9W #2629.
With their numbers declining, Kim Kafura was fortunate to catch matching blue GTW GP28-2 4934 and 4912 hauling loaded grain hoppers into the Neenah, WI yard on April 5th.
On April 15th, Chris Gertz caught this mammoth powered eastbound through Paris with six units (CN Sd70M-2 8802, C44-9W 2625, C40-8 2122, ES44DC 2311, C40-8W 2187 and Sd70M-2 8811 all elephant style!
CN #148 came through Paris, ON April 25th with a consist of CNIC 1002-CN 5600 and a rough looking GP38-2 7506. A nice change to have an IC loco leading.
After the heavy rain cleared the reflection of IC SD70 1018 and IC GP40R 3137 were photographed April 21st at the CN engine sanding tower in Centralia, IL.
Canadian National Railways acquired only one big 2400hp FM trainmaster in 1955. It was unique to the roster assigned to Montreal and CN used her for anything and everything! It had a steam generator and was used in passenger service (for example Montreal - St. Hilaire runs), and on local jobs (the “Paris Turn”), and in mainline freight service coast to coast! It was said back in 1960, this locomotive operated on almost every piece of track in Canada that could hold its weight. It was later renumbered CN H24-66 2900 during 1956, and finally scrapped 10 years later in 1966, (Pierre Fournier CNR Kingston Collection).
Jim Parker submitted these great shots of CN C-liners in freight service: CN CFA16-4 9314 (Nose) and CN 9344 (one of only two that got repainted in the “Noodle” and stripes scheme) at Toronto Yard on April 25th, 1965. CN 9344 was later sold to CP Rail unserviceable for eventual repair, CP repaint and service, but this never came to fruition. Instead, the ex-CN loco became a parts source to repair the CP’s fleet, and was later scrapped in the 1970’s.
6701 looks terrific in the passenger paint scheme at Allandale, ON in 1950.
In April 1965, Jim caught CN H16-44 2213, (one of 18 on the roster) at Toronto Yard.
CN Alco RS3 3038 was snapped in Toronto in October 1966.
©CRO May 2013