(South Of The Border June CRO): With Ref:  RSIX SD40-3 6963 (ex-BNSF 6963, BN 7303,m nee-GTW SD40 5915, via AMF) –Editor likely to go to India, i think this is highly unlikely as they have never purchased any 2nd hand locos which would undermine their own manufacturing capabilities.  However if IRCON or one of the other Indian Railway consultancies ordered it - it may well be for Saudi Arabia as all the railway construction companies have taken quite a few rebuilt GM locos for railway construction.


Daniel Osborne
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hello Bill,

As an addendum to your Glen Yard Memories, I've come across some other panoramic views similar to those you sourced from Kevin Day.  They're on a blog at  http://moblog.net/view/326956/glen-yards-1971  posted by 'factotum', true name unknown. The first two in particular, taken from the roof of 245 Victoria Avenue in 1971, provide a slightly different perspective of the yard throat, Westmount station, and a full complement of car types.  In a reply to a comment further down the page, 'factotum' references something I'm certain you can relate to: The smell of baking bread emanating from POM.


Tim Quetton
Sudbury, ON

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