Electro Motive Diesel Inc.

 On July 9th Geoff Williams noted the following units at EMD London:  EMDX SD70ACe 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204 and 1205 which were where painted at London over the summer.  These were renumbered from EMDX 2110-2114 in order 20116604A, for their new lease to CSXT.  Also seen were KCS SD70ACe 4139 and five others in KCS paint, but without numbers. 

A few days later, Geoff noted KCS 4130 on the property, so it would appear the KCS units are to be numbered 4130-4139 and were  originally EMDX 2100-2109.  KCS 4138 was shot on the EMD test track August 20th.

The 13 Union Pacific SD70ACe’s (from order 20116557 for 8764-8776).  Production were completed at London - UP 8764-8776, with the UP 8774 the last one completed. The other UP deliveries were from Bombardier Mexico:  UP 8752-8763, 8773-8783. (8752-8763, 8777-8783 from Bombardier Mexico.  

In mid August, EMDX SD70ACe’s 1206 and 1207 were spotted moving north from Muncie, IN.  EMDX 1206 is going to EMD McCook; 1207 is supposed to be going to Avondale, CO.

10 units to KCS - KCS 4130-4139 (London built)

5 for CSX - EMDX 1201-1205 (London built)

5 for the EMD lease fleet - EMDX 1206-1210 (Muncie built)

On August 21st, Walter Pfefferle noted three KCS units painted and lettered: KCS SD70ACe 4134, 4132 and one other.  He snapped these with his 500 mm lens, and clicked the large  “For Sale” sign in front of the plant.

 A still to be numbered KCS SD70ACe was seen July 9th at London.

 In late June, Walter bagged UP SD70ACe 8774, EMDX 2111 and 2113 to be renumbered for CSXT, and two other SD70ACe’s in primer.

In August, Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, announced they are putting more work into the former Westinghouse plant locally, and planning to hire 80 more people in upcoming months.  That news came when Delaware County Commissioners handed over $950,000 in federal funds on Monday  to help build a new paint facility inside the plant that manufacturers locomotives for primarily third world rail systems. The investment and extra hiring adds to the $50 million in renovation and 280 jobs now located at the plant on Cowan Road.   Brad Bookout, the county's redevelopment director, explained the money from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, would help secure more work besides be an extra investment into the building.

On August 22nd EMDX 1201 ws destined for the MINExpo International 2012  under wrap in Battle Creek Yard, and  waiting to go out on train 393. The tarp and Police escort protecting the new top secret paint job waiting to be unveiled in Las Vegas, NV. (Aaron C. Schlege Photo with thanks)


Electro Motive Diesel Division Vignettes - Part 2

Back in the day our beloved (GMDD) General Motors Diesel Division plant in London produced some exceptional Diesel Electric locomotives.  These great photos from Stan Svihla’s collection were taken at the GMDD London test track (and elsewhere in Ontario) during the 1950’s-1980’s.  NOTE:  Some of the photo captions may be mislabeled, with our corrections above the photo.  (Our thanks to Jim Parker for sharing these with us).  

Algoma Central GP38-2 202 at the ACR shop in Sault Ste. Marie - mid 1981

Brand new TH&B GP9 401 and 402 at the station in Hamilton, ON in 1954.

ONR SD40-2 1730 on the GMDD London test track.  (In the Progressive Scheme) in March 1973.

ONR SD40-2 1737 on the GMDD London Test track. ( In the Chevron Scheme) in January 1974.

QNSL SD40-2 251 on the GMDD London Test track  in 1973.

QNSL SD40-2 263 on the GMDD London Test track in 1975.

CPR SD40 5501 on the GMDD London Test track in 1966.

CPR SD40 5549  on the GMDD London Test track in 1967.

CADRAIL / RB Recycling

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are continuing their contract to overhaul 18 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 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 6036 arrived at Cadrail July 9th

SOO SD60 6057 arrived at Cadrail April 2nd

SOO SD60 6023 arrived at Cadrail March 30th


At St-Luc Yard:


SOO SD60 6030 arrived in Montreal July 24th

SOO SD60 6021 arrived in Montreal June 25th

The following locomotives were noted at CADRAIL August 1st.  


CP SD9043MAC 9157 (engine change-out, on temporary trucks)      


CEFX GP38-3 3804 (repairs), and the ex-FAIX GP9RM in CN colours but still unlettered.  CEFX 3804 (OFF LEASE from CP since May 23rd) arrived at CADRAIL (x-St. Luc Yard) the first week of July for repairs, and seen outside CAD repair bay July 9th. When work on CEFX GP38-3 3804 is completed, it will be leased to the New England Central (NECR).  

CN SD40-2W 5258 has been repainted at Cadrail, and was noted outside the shop August 3rd. This locomotive and CN 5261 will be the first of Canadian National Railway’s Natural Gas test units which will operate with a tank car between them. Note the modified (SD45-like) flared grill work on the long hood.   (See CN News)        

These are the remaining VIA Rail F40PH-2’s at CAD Railway Services for rebuild, listed in their expected order of release:  VIA  6408, 6451, 6427, 6440, 6415 and 6453.  VIA F40PH-2d 6445 was released from CAD in late July,  and VIA 6435 was released in early August. 

Industrial Rail Services (IRSI)

Bankrupt since March 2012, 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 still 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.


While visiting IRSI in June, Ron Visockis snapped VIA RDC 6222 (long time stored with 21 others), and EMD  SW1500  302 (The switcher was one of several to be overhauled at IRSI for Acelor Mittal’s steel mill in Gary, Indiana). All were completed, except this one, still wearing  her old Wiarton Steel colours.


Diesel Electric Services (DESX) Sudbury, Ontario

Not Available

NRE/Alco Locomotive Shop Sudbury, Ontario

Another Roberval - Saguenay GP38-3 (RS #62) arrived at NRE-Capreol at the end of July for repair work and repaint.   James Lalande forwarded us Norm Deschaines photos of R&S GP38-3 # 62

As well repairs on GP38-3 (RS #60) which arrived at NRE in early July are being completed

Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) Sarnia, Ontario

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©CRO September 2012