Electro Motive Diesel Inc.


After meeting westbound NS train #244, Mike Mautner caught  eastbound (CAT-built) EMDX SD70Ace 1201 has an easy time with very short NS train #055 at the siding at MP35 (St. Louis District) at New Baden, IL the morning of  October 27th.




How to move an engine....


Following the closing of the EMD diesel shop in London ON., a new diesel plant was built in Brazil.  Ron Visockis friend Flavio Francesconi Lage, from Brazil submitted  these two shots of the first Brazil-built EMD SD70 diesel in October 2012.



Christopher Bodkin snapped the last units to be built at EMD in London, ON,. KCS SD70ACe's 4136, 4133, 4130, 4131, and 4135 sit in the Du Quoin, IL yard awaiting their trip to East Saint Louis on CN train L546 later that night on October 2nd.


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).


GMD Builder Photo Vignettes

(Collection of Deane Motis)


CN GP9 4603 was built in London, ON in 1957 and was renumbered 6-months after release to CN 4221.


CN SD40 5118: Canadian National SD40 5118 stands before the official GMD photographer, an employee of Nelson Studios.  She remains on the CN roster today as # 6002, a re-manufactured SD40u.  The 6000 series units were upgraded to "Dash 2" standards including the installation of Q-Tron microprocessor, extended range dynamic brakes and a rebuilt cab and nose.

CP SD40: Canadian Pacific 5501 poses for her official GMD portrait resplendent in gray & maroon . Delivered to CP in June, 1966, 5501 remained on the roster until being sold to the DM&E in 1999 to become #6068.  There, the unit, would trade its duel flag paint for a pleasing blue & yellow along with acquiring the name "Joe Chulick."

CADRAIL / RB Recycling

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are continuing their contract to overhaul 22 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 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 Occtober 15th

SOO SD60 6038 arrived at Cadrail September 30th

SOO SD60 6056 arrived in Montreal Septmber 9th

SOO SD60 6046 arrived at Cadrail September 7th

SOO SD60 6030 arrived in Montreal July 24th.

SOO SD60 6036 arrived at Cadrail July 9th


Also noted at CADRAIL in October:   


CITX SD40-2 2804  


The following locomotives were released:  


CP SD9043MAC 9157 (did not receive the engine change-out and instead was moved to Winnipeg for storage in September)   

CP AC4400CW 8551 (left in September and is back in service following repairs)

Ex-FAIX GP9RM in CN colours but still unlettered was returned to AMP (Point St-Charles Yard) in mid-September.

CEFX GP38-3 38o4 departed, Cadrail and as of the 17th was in St-Luc.

AMT F59PHI 1325 departed, now at Sortin Yard and back in service.    

Ex-MI Train (Ex-GO) F59PH RBRX 18533 was leased to AMT with Mi-Train markings removed.


The two remaining VIA Rail F40PH-2’s at CAD Railway Services for rebuild are:  VIA 6440, and 6453.  VIA F40PH-2d 6451 was  released two months ago and 6427 was released October 19th. 6408 was released in early September, and VIA 6415 was released in late September.  The F40 rebuild program is expected to be completed within  the next two months.

Fresh from CAD, Michael Berry caught CP 6223 and CP 9504 heading west through Lachine, QC, with train 235 in tow. CP 6223 is an ex-SOO SD60 (SOO 6023) that was just refurbished and repainted at CAD.

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

NRE/Alco Locomotive Shop Sudbury, Ontario

Following repairs last month, Roberval - Saguenay GP38-3 (RS #62) will be getting a full repaint at NRE-Capreol (the former CN Car Shop).

 Other motive power at the shop includes 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

After being moved 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 locomotives assigned to the Sarnia Esso refinery.    Currently LDSX SW900 6900 is in Sarnia, and is former GMDD London shop switcher no. 0069, purchased back in 2006.  

©CRO November 2012