Electro Motive Diesel Inc.

Three of the seven in EMDI's London order 20078968 (temp nos. DLC 986001 to 986007) and shipped in 2010 and 2011, (ie: 2007 8968 004, 2007 8968 006 and 2007 8968 007), were brand new 66’s which went to Holland and are now to be shipped to the UK for GBRf.  A lot of modifications will need to be done as these are the first Euro locos to arrive in the UK and have full “Euro” cabs.  Initially ordered in early 2007 by Dillon & Le Jeune Cargo (DLC) they had been completed as JT42CWRs by October 2008 but put into storage at Stratford as a result of changing European economies and the 2007 merger between DLC and Crossrail Benelux. They were returned to London in April 2009 and rebuilt for the AKIEM European hire trade as JT42CWRMs with no assigned road numbers or livery - other than basic grey with yellow ends. The units hold the record for being at the builders in London longer than any other order since 1950. (Don McQueen)


London Recap:  The thirteen Union Pacific SD70ACe’s (from order 20116557 for 8764-8776) and completed at London and delivered: UP 8764-8776, with the UP 8774 the last one completed. The other UP deliveries were from Bombardier in Mexico:  UP 8752-8763, 8773-8783. (8752-8763, 8777-8783.  Ten units were sent to KCS - KCS 4130-4139 (London built); 5 for CSX - EMDX 1201-1205 (London built); and five for the EMD lease fleet - EMDX 1206-1210 (Muncie built).



On November 20th EMD/CATERPILLAR Shop switcher EMDX #1 is the very last locomotive to be lifted from the closed London plant by GEXR, and has now been moved to Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) in Sarnia, ON.



A bad day at the Port:  During late October, a brand new EMD GT46C-ACe loco was dropped from a height of 20 feet while unloading in Gabon, West Africa.  Photos of the locomotive and a video of the horrific incident are below.  Gabon has ordered seven GT46C-ACe order - a total of 7 new locomotive model units  and were built at the Progress Rail facility in Muncie, Indiana this past summer.


GMD Builder Photo Vignettes

(Collection of Deane Motis)

Only two GP35's graced the Canadian National Railway roster. CN 4000 and sister 4001 were outshopped in August, 1964 as GMD order C301.   Not overly enamored with the unit's performance, CN chose not to reorder the model.  Renumbered in 1981, the pair became CN 9300 and 9301 respectively. #4000 eventually became Dakota Missouri Valley & Western 323, and was finally scrapped in the summer of 2002.  (Deane Motis Collection)

Captured just off the erecting floor Canadian Pacific GP35's  8204 & 8205 pose for their official builder portrait in May, 1964.  Rumored to be a continuation of a GP30 order, the first group of 12 units were built in May & June, 1964.  A second order for 10 units would follow a year later  being delivered in a May through August timeframe. A two unit order would come in 1966. CP's early GP35's would occupy the 8200 series for only one and a half years before being renumbered to the 5000's. 8204 would become 5004.  (Deane Motis Collection)


Midland Railway of Manitoba (A subsidiary of Great Northern) MRM GP9 no. 2 was a handsome passenger locomotive.  The loco was ordered with passenger features in case it was needed as backup for the Great Northern passenger train.  The locomotive was assigned to freight service (Train 415/1416) between Winnipeg and Emerson, MB (64 miles).  she was  repainted BNSF at the St-Paul shop as number 1685.



The former Midland Railway geep is now preserved on the Prairie Dog Central after BNSF donated GP9 1685 about two years ago.


Southbound Burlington Northern passenger train #48 at Portage Jct. in Winnipeg, MB on June 13, 1970, with Great Northern Railway with half the equipment still in Great Northern Railway colors.  BN only ran this Grand Forks ND – Winnipeg MB remnant of the Great Northern’s “WINNIPEG LIMITED” from March 2, 1970 until the creation of Amtrak on May 1, 1971,  when the train was discontinued. (James Herold Photo, from the Mark A. Perry Collection)


CADRAIL / RB Recycling

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are continuing their contract to overhaul 23 SOO SD60’s and one SD60M 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 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 6031 arrived at Cadrail on October 15th

SOO SD60 6038 arrived at Cadrail September 30th

SOO SD60 6056 arrived in Montreal September 9th


Two recent releases CP 6230 following repaint and  “Bad order” CP 6257 were seen t outside CADRAIL November 1st, along with SOO 6031 waiting to be stripped and prepped for rebuild.   CP 6246 was released on November 20th.


The following locomotives were released from CADRAIL:  

 The last VIA F40PH-2 6453 was released November 20th from CAD Railway Services, concluding the VIA F40 rebuild program and will soon be in service.  Two weeks earlier, VIA F40PH-2d 6440 was released on November 3rd. 


Other locomotives noted at CADRAIL in November:  


CITX SD40-2 2804 (former UP)

RBRX F59PH 18554 and 18448


CLN Industries - Charny, QC

Work has begun refurbishing the interior  of the VIA rail “Park” car  and two sleepers at CLN INDUSTRIES in Charny,  QC  Jean-Francois Dumont took these  photos the week of October.   CN locomotives 9566 and 7272 transported the cars to CLN October 2nd: VIA  8206 (Chateau Denonville), 8213 (Chateau Lauzon) and 8709 (Laurentide Park).   Three others VIA 8207 (Chateau Dollard), 8226, (Chateau Salaberry), and 8708 (Kootenay Park) are already at the CLN shop undergoing refurbishment.  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.  (Jean-Francois Dumont)


Industrial Rail Services (IRSI)

A New Brunswick government judge accepted a deal on Monday that will allow 14 rail cars to be refurbished in Moncton over the next 19 months, as a part of the former Industrial Rail Services contract.  The deal will see CAD Railway Industries Inc. act as the project manager and take over portions of the Via Rail agreement.  CAD Railway Industries will take over Industrial Rail's contract and refurbish four rail diesel cars and 10 LRC passenger cars. The manager will have 19 months to complete the project, as outlined in the court documents, starting on Oct. 31, 2012.  The provincial government announced earlier this year it was seeking a court appointed receiver for IRSI, saying the company failed to repay it loans. Industrial Rail had a $109-million contract with Via Rail to refurbish 98 train cars.

An agreement reached on Monday says the company will remain under receivership with Ernst and Young.  The deal will mean 19 months of work in the Moncton-based manufacturing facility.  No recoup provisions for province But the provincial government, which had backed Industrial Rail's original contracts with $20.5 million in loans and loan guarantees, is likely out of its money. “There is nothing in today’s agreement that will see the province recoup its money. However, we are pleased to see that the refurbishment of rail cars will recommence soon in Moncton,” said Bruce MacFarlane, spokesperson for the Department of Economic Development.  Trouble with Industrial Rail's contracts started earlier this year when the Moncton company fell behind in delivering the refurbished units. Via Rail terminated the uncompleted portion of its contract with Industrial Rail on April 11. Industrial Rail Services countered in May by filing two lawsuits with VIA worth nearly $32 million. The lawsuits alleged that VIA had breached the Renaissance contract and acted in bad faith by terminating the contract. The company announced a series of layoffs in March. Nearly 200 people worked at Industrial Rail. The Moncton company is a full-service locomotive and passenger railcar facility specializing in equipment repairs,  remanufacturing, modifications, and refurbishment.  This  new rail car agreement with CADRAIL spares Moncton jobs for 19 more months, and does not call for $20.5M to be repaid to the provincial government.  IRSI declared bankruptcy at the end of  March 2012, CRO contributor Wendell Lemon was able to update us about the VIA equipment still at IRSI. At present, it appears the following VIA LRC cars and RDC units that IRSI had been working on remain incomplete and stored in Moncton:

  • LRC Coach: 3303, 3310, 3320, 3321, 3326, 3327, 3330, 3332, 3345, 3362.
  • LRC Club Car:  3452, and 3601.
  • RDC1:  6105.
  • RDC2:  6208, 6217, 6219,
  • RDC4:  6250 and 6251. (These are now VIA-owned).

There are many other Budd cars that were not intended for the rebuild program which have been stored at IRSI for many years.

  • Ex-BCOL RDC1 BC-12
  • Ex-BCOL RDC-1 6128 (Nee-VIA 6128 which was to be BC-16)
  • Ex-VIA RDC-1 6107, 6114, 6119, 6122, 6136, 6137. and 6143.
  • Ex-VIA RDC-2 6200, 6202, 6204, 6206, 6208, 6212, 6213, 6216, 6220, 6221, 6222, 6223, and 6224.


Diesel Electric Services (DESX) Sudbury, Ontario

As of November 2012, DESX had the following units on their property:  (DESX) SD40-2W 5308, 5310, 5311, 5312, 5313, and SD40-2 5391.


Recently rebuilt, Resolute Forest Products SW1200RS 1305, is making her way from Diesel Electric Services in Sudbury back home to the Resolute mill in Iroquois Falls is captured on Cochrane Shops' 3 track on November 16th.


NRE/Alco Locomotive Shop Sudbury, Ontario

Following repairs  Roberval - Saguenay GP38-3 (RS #62) received a full repaint at NRE-Capreol (the former CN Car Shop), and should be released shortly.  Motive power stored at the shop in November 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

In November, we learned Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) had purchased CN SW1200RS 1375, IC SW14 1501, and SW1200RSu 7316 from the CN Auction Sale.


Update: After being moved from dead from Hamilton, LDSX (Ex-SOR) SW1200RS 1359 received new traction motors at LDS in Sarnia last month and is now fully operational and on lease to the Esso Plant in Sarnia.  LDS performs repairs on Esso’s locomotives assigned to the Sarnia refinery.    Currently LDSX SW900 6900 is in Sarnia, and is former GMDD London shop switcher no. 0069, purchased back in 2006.  

LDSX 1359 will no longer be seen in her stylish retro CN orange again. Soon she will be stripped and redone in LDS black and white.

©CRO December 2012