GMD Vignettes

(Collection of Deane Motis)

Soo Line F3 #201, a graduate of the EMD class of January, 1948.  201 would remain on the roster for 18 years until May, 1964 when she traded her spot on the roster for a GP35.


QNSL Class SD40 #200 was product of the London GMD forces, and poses on the test track in 1968.  In 1995, #200 and three sister SD40's (200-203) were sold to the Kansas City &Southern were they good the numbers 696-699.  In 2006, KCS renumbered the units 3123-3126..  It is interesting to note, QN&SL removed the radiator screens on the SD40's and SD40-2's.  Anyone venture to guess as to why?


CADRAIL / RB Recycling

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are continuing their contract to overhaul 24 SOO SD60’s and three SD60M's 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 6249 (ex-SOO 6049) released December 21st , 2012

CP SD60 6238 (ex-SOO 6038) released December 4th, 2012

CP SD60 6256 (ex-SOO 6056) released November 29, 2012

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  October 15th

SOO SD60 6039, arrived at St-Luc December 21st

SOO SD60M  6058 arrived at St-Luc December 21st   

SOO SD60M 6059 arrived at St-Luc December 21st .



Michael Delic was first to catch CP SD60 6256 fresh from Cadrail on December 1st at Osler (Toronto, ON) on train #234, now extended from Detroit to Montreal.




The following locomotives were released from CADRAIL:  


The last VIA F40PH-2d 6453 was released November 20th from CAD Railway Services, concluding the VIA F40-series rebuild program on schedule.   



Other Locomotives noted at the CADRAIL in December: 


CITX SD40-2 2804   (a former UP unit previously leased to CP )

RBRX F59PH 18554 and 18538

CSXT SD70ACe 4832

CEFX SD9043MAC 105, 118, 136   (x-Cartier?)

CEFX GP20D  2026

In November, brand new Arcelor-Mittal SD70ACe’s 50-54 were moved to the Port in Houston, Texas to be sent to Port Cartier, QC along with AC4400CW # 20 on board.  On the ships return from Port Cartier, it carried three of the five CEFX SD9043MACS which were ferried to Montreal, QC.  CEFX GP20D’s 2017 and 2026 were also aboard, and all five units are now at CADRAIL as mentioned above.   Richard Marchi snapped the newly arrived CEFX locomotives outside the locomotive repair shop in Lachine, QC, on December 16th.


CLN Industries - Charny, QC

CLN INDUSTRIES located in Charny, QC continues to refurbish the interiors of the two VIA “Park” cars  and four “Chateau” sleepers .  The Budd-built stainless steel cars are:  VIA  8206 (Chateau Denonville), 8213 (Chateau Lauzon) and 8709 (Laurentide Park). VIA 8207 (Chateau Dollard), 8226, (Chateau Salaberry), and 8708 (Kootenay Park).  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.

Industrial Rail Services (IRSI)

Previously at IRSI, CAD Railway Industries has been contracted to finish the work on VIA RDC4 6250 (although it looks complete here in Martin Brodeur’s photo below).  VIA RDC4 6251, four other RDC's and 10 LRC cars are to be completed for VIA following an agreement after the IRSI bankruptcy.  VIA RDC 4 6250 was repainted and tacked on the end of #657. Note the large K5 horn on the ends of the Budd car. 

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Last month, a New Brunswick government judge accepted a deal allowing 14 VIA rail cars to be refurbished in Moncton, NB  over the next 19 months, as a part of the former Industrial Rail Services (IRSI) 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.  This agreement remains under receivership with Ernst and Young and will mean 19 months of more 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.  VIA Rail terminated the uncompleted portion of its contract with Industrial Rail on April 11th. 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. 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: 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 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

Released last month from DESX, rebuilt Resolute Forest Products SW1200RS 1305 has returned home to the Resolute Mill in Iroquois Falls, ON.


Units on DESX property include:  (DESX) SD40-2W 5308, 5310, 5311, 5312, 5313, and SD40-2 5391.

NRE/Alco Locomotive Shop Sudbury, Ontario


Following repairs and repaint at at NRE-Capreol (which is a former CN Car Shop), Roberval - Saguenay GP38-3 (RS #62) received a full repaint and is soon to return to home rails.


Motive power stored at the shop in December 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


Former GMDD/Caterpillar Shop switcher EMDX sw1000 #1 arrived at Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) in mid-November.   Purchased by LDSX, this was the last locomotive to depart the closed EMD London plant.

In November, Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) purchased CN SW1200RS 1375, IC SW14 1501, and SW1200RSu 7316 from CN’s Auction Sale.

©CRO January 2013