CN Units retired:
The following CN units were retired during 2010:
CN SD40-W 5301 Jan 18
CN SD40-2 5384 Jan 20
CN SD40-2W 5248 May 5
CN GMD1m 1422 May 30
CN SD40-2W 5254 Aug 3
CN GP9RM 7030 Aug 17
CN GP9RM 7033 (Date unknown)
CN GP9RM 7041 Aug 24
CN SD40-2 5370 Sep 15
CN GMD1m 1403 Sep 17
CN GP9RM 4022, 4029, 4108, 4111, 7008, 7042, 7053, 7074 all on Sep 17
CN SW1200RSm 7303, 7306, on Sep 17
CN SD40-2W 5251 and 5327 on Oct 13
CN SD40-2W 5241, 5249, 5252, 5260, 5302, 5342, 5353, 5359, 5361, and 5363, all Oct 15
CN SD40-2W 5315, 5324 (Date Unknown)
CN SD40-2 5385 Oct 21
GTW GP9R 4624, 4625 and 4628 Aug 17
GTW GP9R 4612 and 4630 (Date unknown)
DMIR SD40-3 401 Oct 14
IC SD40-2 6100, 6102, 6103, 6105, 6106, 6107, 6109, 6110, 6111, 6112, 6114, 6115, 6118, 6119, 6120, 6121, 6125, 6128, 6129, 6130, 6132, 6135, 6137,
IC SD40-3, 6257, 6258, 6259, 6262, and 6265 Oct 14
WC SD40-2 6004 and 6005
In early November, locomotives scrapped at the Woodcrest Shop included: CN SD40-2 5370, IC SD40AR 6008, IC SD40-2 6030 (w/o DB), and IC SD40-2 6117. At month end all the remaining retired IC 6100-series, including ones stored in Memphis, had been moved to Woodcrest for the CN auction sale. On November 12th all scrapping at Woodcrest had ceased for the winter season and CN estimates another 75 units will be stripped and cut up at Woodcrest over the next year.
In November CN-IC SD40-2 6128 arrived from Memphis, TN storage to the Woodcrest Shop in Illinois. This unit was retired October 14th and looks like it was repainted just shortly before going into storage in Memphis. George Redmond clicked retired IC 6119, 6121, and 6129 at Centralia November 15th, just before their Nov 18th trek north to Woodcrest. for the CN auction.
In early November, retired BC Rail B39-8E`s (BCOL 3901, 3909, 3910, and 3911), were moved to the Woodcrest shop area. These will soon be retired, their traction motors will be removed for use in the 2100-series (ex-UP) C40-8 and (ex-BNSF) C40-8W's CN purchased in 2010.
CN Locomotives Sold:
On November 9th the former CN M636 2338, now lettered RRPX, was moved to Fort Erie Ontario on CN train A421 moving as the fourth unit running dead in tow. Waybillled to the Western New York & Pennsylvania (WPNY) at Olean N.Y. she was delivered to Buffalo November 9th and interchanged on NS at Salamanca N.Y. to the WNYP on the 11th. CN M636 2238 that was kept as a Y2K power unit and had been stored at CN's Macmillan Yard for several years until it was sold last Spring. It took some time to be authorized for movement. History: CN M-636 2338 is a class MF-36b and was built in 1971 by Montreal locomotive Works. It was retired June 4th 1996, un-retired June 20th 1996, stored serviceable July 3rd 1996, retired August 19th 1996 for the second time, un-retired September 20th 1996 and then retired January 23rd 1998 for the third time! It was then stored for possible preservation at Point St-Charles Shop during 1998-1999. In September -1999 it moved from Montreal to Toronto and in November 1999 it was outfitted as an emergency Y2K power source for Macmillan Yard Diesel Shop, Toronto. It was up and running on December 31,1999 but was never required. Following that she was stored at Mac Yard, (2000-2010) and over 10 years has been stripped of some parts. (At the CN shop)
On November 12th we received this amazing photo by a CN employee. (Please let us know if it is your image for us to thank and credit you) RRPX M636 2338 with CN ES44DC 2338 at the Toronto Diesel Shop in Macmillan Yard on November 13th. Amazing to see two CN and ex CN 2338's in the same photo!
In November CN sold (NBEC) MLW RS-18u's 1835 and 1845, which had been stored at Montreal Taschereau to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (ADCR). Richard Marchi took this shot of ex-NBEC RS18u 1835 in Taschereau Yard 3/7/10.
John C. Mech shared two of his photographs of the MLW pair discussed above while still on CP. Looking great in CP Rail paint, RS18u 1845 was clicked at the Saratoga, NY Yard in August 1993 during the early years working on the D&H under CP and 1835 was photographed in St. Luc Yard in November 1986.
IBCX (Indiana Box Car) SD18 616, and SD-M 809, 811, and 813 were in transit on CSX in early November. These ex-EJ&E's still wear their DMIR maroon paint scheme.
CN SURPLUS LOCOMOTIVE AUCTION SALE
CN Locomotive News:
During October and November the following new GE_built ES44DC units were delivered to CN, 2315 to 2344. One new arrival CN 2337 was caught by Henry Nye on November 7th at Neenah, WI.
John Soehner was in the right place at the right time November 14th, catching the final two units of the GE order on the same train! He shot just-delivered CN ES44DC #2344 and 2342 (DPU mid-train) at Riley Road, Newcastle, Ontario. Those two were delivered together DIT on the 12th to Mac Yard on CN train A422.
Brand new GM-built CN SD70M-2's 8925-8934 inclusive and 8936 had all arrived by the end of November. CN 148 showed up with CN 5544 leading and CN 8829 trailing on the 19th in Woodstock Ontario. (Walter Pfefferle)
CRO confirmed in November that 15 locomotives are to receive the 15-Years logo and that CN intends to complete the CN repaints on all ex-UP C40-8's by year end. As of November 3rd eight CN units sport the special livery: Six C40-8's, one GP38-2 and one GP9RM, leaving seven more still to come. As of November 25th 8 C40-8's still in UP paint have not yet cycled through Centralia paint Shop. It is interesting to note that CN SD70I 5616 is actually depicted on the “15- years The Journey Continues, 1995-2010" / “L’aventure se poursuit” logo, and would be a prime candidate to wear this livery as this was the first locomotive acquired by CN as a private company.
As of November 21st, 27 of 35 ex-UP C40-8's were in CN livery: CN 2101, 2103, 2105, 2106, 2107*, 2111, 2112*, 2113*, 2114, 2115*, 2116, 2117, 2118*, 2119, 2120, 2121, 2122, 2123, 2124*, 2125, 2126, 2127, 2128*, 2129, 2131 2132, and 2134 (Note: *C40-8’s wearing the 15-year artwork) The most recent repaints, 2101 and 2132 should be in service by press time.
On Nov. 12th, George Redmond reported BNSF-painted C40-8W 2138 had moved into the Centralia Engine Facility, and as can be seen has had some CN nose work done on her already. CN 2138 may become the first of these units to receive CN paint at the Centralia, Illinois paint shop.
On November 15th George clicked CN 2132 in fresh paint outside the Centralia and was
ready to enter service the week of the 22nd. Note it is the first AC equipped C40-8 to date. On November 4th, CN 2129 was released in the standard new paint and was ready to enter service at Centralia, Il. engine facility. CN 2117 was also released in early November. (Joe Ferguson and George Redmond photos) George Redmond caught CN 2101 fresh from the Centralia Paint Shop on November 21st CN C40-8 2117, which slipped out of Woodcrest WI through Michigan, and even romped around Canada for the better part of November. It waltzed past Dan Braun's lens on the south side of Neenah, WI leading train A491 to Stevens Point WI and beyond on November 24th.
On November 15th George clicked CN 2132 in fresh paint outside the Centralia and was ready to enter service the week of the 22nd. Note it is the first AC equipped C40-8 to date.
On November 4th, CN 2129 was released in the standard new paint and was ready to enter service at Centralia, Il. engine facility. CN 2117 was also released in early November. (Joe Ferguson and George Redmond photos)
George Redmond caught CN 2101 fresh from the Centralia Paint Shop on November 21st
CN C40-8 2117, which slipped out of Woodcrest WI through Michigan, and even romped around Canada for the better part of November. It waltzed past Dan Braun's lens on the south side of Neenah, WI leading train A491 to Stevens Point WI and beyond on November 24th.
George Redmond recorded the following units in Illinois on November 11th: Retired GTW SD40 5925 at NRE in Mount Vernon, Il, Woodcrest repaint CN GP40-2W 9579 switching at Du Quoin, Il, and paint shop fresh CN C40-8 2134 at Centralia, Il, at the CN engine facility.
Sporting this State of Wisconsin sesquicentennial artwork WC GP40-2 3026 (ex-ACR 190 nee MLW) is currently working on CN at Edmonton and Hinton. Alberta. (May 2006 Sussex WI by Ed Weisensel)
On November 1st CN Intermodal #148 had brand new SD70M-2's 8916 and 8915 for power. This was the first revenue trip for the pair following their release from testing at EMD McCook, Illinois. On October 31st Ken Goslett caught Train 305 blasting through Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC with 8924
November 6th Henry Nye caught the lone orange EJ&E GP38-2 703 as the trailing unit on stack train Q199. Leading were C44-9W CN 2539 and C40-8M CN 2404. On Sunday 703 led IC SD-40-3 6202 pulling the seldom run Stevens Point to Fond du Lac Shops L522 south thru Neeham WI.
EJ&E's 703 and SD38-2 662 are the only remaining locomotives wearing the Elgin Joliette and Eastern "J-Ball" logo. November 17th 703 works the WC/CN (Fox Valley Divsion) at Appleton WI. switching cars in the old CNW/FRVR yard.(William Beecher photo)
On October 30th, Doug Wolfe took this great shot of the assortment of IC power at Decatur, IL.
According to its Blue Card CN SD40-2 5351 has been stored for over a year (from 4/25/09 until 9/25/10). This unit is currently used on the former FRVR/Milw Rd pair of isolated branch lines on the Northwest of Metro Milwaukee, served by CN job L507. This job is fed cars, by a haulage on the Wisconsin & Southern, and works six days a week. This is not the most ideal unit here, as it has no ditch lights on the rear. It is shown here pausing between shifts at the lines major industry, Charter Steel in Saukville WI 11/1/10. (Wm. Beecher Jr.).
In late-October, BC Rail Dash 8-40CM 4618 was released in new CN paint, and was spotted in Montreal (Taschereau Yard) on October 31st. (All of the BCOL Dash 8's have been upgraded to 4400 HP).
On November 7th Henry Nye caught BCOL C44-9W 4641 in fresh CN paint at Neenah, WI.
On November 9th NS train 369 lifted BCOL Dash 8-40CM 4617 at Fort Erie, ON and has now been forwarded to the GE plant in Erie PA for emission testing.
Chris Gertz caught CN train 511 switching Paris, Ontario with nice little surprise GMD1u 1437. After turning them on the pair on the wye, they headed west.
Walter Pfefferle also caught it a couple of days later sandwiched between CN 4139 and CN 7080 sitting in Woodstock Ontario with the Herzog train.
In mid-November CN ran X60031 from the Algoma Central at the Sault to East St Louis, Illinois with the Agawa Canyon train (13 cars) and CN F40 105 for rebuilding, and rumor has it paint.. Seen here on the WC division at 017- Shawno Jct on the Fox River Sub at Neenah Wisconsin, 057 Van Dyne on the Neenah Sub, and 034 at Valley climbing Byron Hill on the Waukesha Sub 11/17/2010. (William Beecher photo). We also have an example of the proposed new paint scheme for the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. (Scroll Down)
As of mid-November, the CN's Transcona shop at Winnipeg, Manitoba will now be doing all GE overhauls instead of the CN's Woodcrest shop. The former Woodcrest (Illinois) will now be doing all CN SD70I and SD75I engine change-outs.
You may recall Joe Ferguson's great shot of IC GP40R 3102 in September CRO, the first to be in CN Paint. Joe this month sent us some of the GTW units that have been seen in his region over the last months. At least 5816 and 6225 ran around here in GTW blue and eventually got sucked into Centralia for CN re-paint. GTW 5851 Du Quoin, IL; GTW 5816 Du Quoin, IL; GTW 4626 Cairo, IL; GTW 5846 Du Quoin, IL; and GTW 6225 Centralia, IL
The only Illinois Central SD40-3 units left on the roster are as follows: SD40-3's 6200-6204, 6250 6251, 6252, 6253, 6254, 6255, 6256, 6260, 6261, 6263, and 6264. Note: IC 6142 was the last SD40-2 on the roster and was retired October 14th (See all the IC retirements at the top of this page).
First as candidates for possible scrapping , the three B&LE Tunnel Motors 900, 904 and 906 (plus SD38-2 878), were all inside Woodcrest Shop in November under repair after being moved from the dead line in October.
Expo '86 in 2010 ... CN SD40-2W 5334 at one time was the famous CN Expo 86 unit, seen here November 2010) being stripped of reusable parts at the Fond du Lac Roundhouse. Sadly, rear end damage sealed this units fate. There's little paint evidence of its once festive looking past, with only a little patch of green showing on the kick panels. It is expected that this unit will be cut up in Fond du Lac at Sadolf Iron and Metal in late November.
Pierre Fournier clicked CN SD40-2W 5334 at Aston, QC in May 1985 on CN Train 512, with fresh Expo '86 paint!
Dean Splittgerber must have been in 'full cowl" Heaven with this SD60F, Dash-8 40CM, SD60F, SD60F lash-up on November 21st's train Q620 at CP-VO in Voorheesville, NY, three in stripes.
In November, chop-nose DMIR SD-18 193 moved from the WSOR at Ackerville, after wheel work, to Fond du Lac for furtherance back to Duluth's Transportation Lake Superior Railroad Museum by L510 on 11/6/10. It was donated to the museum by DMIR in 1998. DMIR SD-18 193 suns itself waiting transport north, Shops Yard 11/07/10. (Wm. Beecher Jr)
IC SW7RM (ex-SW14) 1201 has become a regular fixture at Shops Yard in Fond du Lac Shot 11/07/10.
On April 2nd 2010, Ed Weisensel clicked IC SD40-3 6201, assigned to the twn-island northern Milwaukee L507 local, scampering back to DBR (Donges Bay Road) Junction after dropping their day's gatherings in WSOR's Glendale Yard. Long-hood forward 9.4 miles at max of 10 mph over the ex- Milwaukee Road jointed rail - this bridge is over the Little Menomonee River at Bradley Road. 6201 drew another stint on this job in late September 2010 as well.
With 25 of the 50 WC / GCFX SD40-3's disposed of since the summer, all still in Alstom gray and orange paint, the 25 ex-WC/ GCFX units now have new homes as per our CRO chart in the October issue: ex-GCFX 6042, 6057, 6062, 6076, and ex-WC 6900, 6901, 6902, 6904-08, 6910, 6913, 6918, 6920, 6924, 6926, 6933-36, 6940, 6941, and 6949. The 25 other SD40-3's have yet to be sold, and are stored.
In early November at the CN Woodcrest Shop, Ken Lanovich reported UP SD59MX`s 9905, and 9909. The pair are enroute back to London.
Cor van Steenis was out November 15th and shot train Q115 with CN SD75I 5649 and back-to-back CNNA-liveried Dash 8-40CM's 2445 and 2441 at Conrich, Alberta. The prairies are now brown, all leaves are gone from the trees (where there are trees); and winter is not far away!
Raymond Farand clicked this rare visitor to Ottawa October 29th CN SD70M-2 8868 at Walkley Yard.
The power was used to deliver the CN test train to Ottawa for a Beachburg Sub test later the same day. My third image shows the test train west of Nepean during the return move from Pembroke. I have not confirmed it, but the bulkhead flat may have been added to the consist to provide more wheels on the rail to ensure crossing protection activation since the line is seldom used these days.
When a train appears in Pembroke, ON these days, it is fair to wonder if it might be the last one. Hopefully, it is not!. Thanks to a “heads-up” from Ray Farand, William Crago caught the CN Track Evaluation Train as it departed Pembroke on the return to Ottawa. The train had run to the “end of track” and then backed up to the former station. The CN GP38-2W 4810 then ran around the consist and coupled up to the head end for the return run.
On October 7th, Glen Mounk took these shots of 568 and 569 in Fort Frances, ON. US customs would not allow 342 into the US with roughly a mile of containers. They don't allow mixed pot ash trains either, so any potash trains that has a few mixed cars has to leave those cars in the yard. Those containers stayed on the inside track for day. Train 438 which was a DPU train which they set off. Glen also attached pictures of CN SD40u 6011 before it headed out to Barwick several weeks back.
CN suffered a derailment near an elevator in southeastern Saskatchewan yard on November 20, when two GP38-2W's and a couple of empty grain cars came off the tracks just east of Vibank which is 55km from Regina, SK. No one was injured, and the mishap did not adversely effect their rail operations
Christian White clicked CN A490 with a BC Rail unit trailing crosses the CSX in Holly, Michigan
Renumbered from 5525 to 4725 in 1988, this GP38-2 shows evidence of its former identity as the leader of this geep sandwich. 4728 in the rear was also renumbered, but has been fortunate enough to have received a more recent paint job. GP9RM 4119 - the "meat" in this sandwich - was remanufactured by the Pointe St. Charles shops in Montreal late in 1989. Taken November 3rd at Mile 20.8 on the Oakville Sub by W.D. Shaw.
On November 7th Jay Brooks caught a string of brand new (NSC-built) “Saudi” double stack container cars heading west at the SOR Hamilton Yard (Ontario) after arriving via the CN Halton Subdivision. They were heading to Montreal for shipment to Saudi Arabia. Coupled next to the cars was a string of brand new Potash cars. New cars continued to move all month in the DOLTS 6400 and 8500 number series.
NICE SHOT! Check out this steamy CN taconite train shot on November 5th at Biwabik, MN.
On a chilly November 18th Cor van Steenis clicked CNR Snow Plow # 55401, built in 1935 by National Steel Car of Hamilton, ON., was spotted on a CPR spur adjacent to Alyth Yard, Calgary, AB. Apparently the plow is consigned to Caltrax Inc., a rail car repair company that is located next to Alyth Yard that undertakes work for both CP and CN.
GTW F3A #9016 and brethren are seen heading down the Holly Sub, Durand MI 10-28-1966 (Via WK and LBC with thanks)
CNR U2a 4-8-4 #6111 arrives at Toronto's Spadina Yard in May 1956. (Jim Parker)
CNR E-Series Sleeper “Eureka” is seen in Saskatoon, SK 10-03-1963 (Photo Peter Cox).
Awaiting the scrapper's torch in September 1967, the end of the line has come to the Canadian Locomotive Company's CFA 16-4's on Canadian National Railways. Lined up in London, Ontario is CN 9342 along with multiple other stable mates, mostly in the green and gold “freight” paint scheme. Even numbered A-units, built as 8700-8744, renumbered 9300 to 9344, were built in 1952-1953 in Kingston, Ontario and retired between 1959 and 1967. CN also owned three CFB 16-4 B-units, odd numbers 8701-8705 and renumbered 9301-9505, built in 1952 and retired in 1966. (Dave Burroughs photo)
A pair of new CN MLW's (M630's 2010-2018) lead an freight extra with a TH&B box car near Hamilton, ON. (Dave Burroughs Photo)
In April 2004 Chris Lastovitch clicked CNR FPA-4 6789 and restored SGU at the Monticello Railway Museum in Illinois.
CN SD40 5183 at the point - solid trains of export sulphur were known as U897 on Canadian National. This one crosses the North Thompson river near Irvine BC. (Peter Cox photo).
On November 19, 1984 Mark Perry was the tail-end brakeman on Churchill bound CN Mixed #295 at Gillam MB, with wood flanger 56482, regularly assigned caboose 79858 and VIA combine 7209.
© CRO December 2010