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CN ex-BNSF C40-8W Roundup
Wearing full CN Livery with their paint shop, and new releases:
As of January 1st 53 of the 67 units are finished.
Painted in November CN 2166, painted in November, was moved Dec. 7th from turntable into the Centralia engine house for its number boards. It shipped out for completion December 12th, and CN 2198 moved onto the turntable tracks. CN 2114, 2124, 2175 arrived at Quality Rail December 5th for cooling modification and possible DPU modification. Joe Ferguson caught CN 2183 and 2185 at Centralia December 12th. CN 2160 was released from the Centralia paint shop the week before Christmas, awaiting final completion.
From our tally done December 27th, these 14 C40-8W’s are not yet painted: CN 2140, 2142, 2150, 2158, 2171 (bad-ordered on 12/27 at Toronto), 2172, 2174, 2179, 2182, (in service - ATSF Warbonnet), 2186, 2187, 2189, 2190, and 2195.
George Redmond snapped the following C40-8W images: BNSF liveried CN 2142 was being prepared for repaint at the CN engine facility December 3rd. On December 7th, 2166 was on the CN turntable getting ready to go in the engine house for new lights and number boards and on the 8th BNSF painted CN 2150 was outside the paint shop at Centralia, IL.
Finding itself power-short in December, CN activated two ex-BNSF GE’s stored on the system. CN 2171 returned to service - a BNSF pumpkin-painted C40-8W awaiting new paint at Centralia. However it failed, and was bad-ordered at Toronto, ON, December 27th. Henry Nye shot it wearing Noodle patches as it was running thru Neenah, WI on Q199 Dec. 20th.
As well, ATSF-painted CN 2182 was also returned to service. Resurrected from the CN-Memphis storage lines and pressed into service it was the second unit in a 4-locomotive "skittles" lashup on M336 December 16th, seen here at Wheeling, IL while waiting for Deval Tower to give the all clear. (George R. Widener photo) Since returning to service in December, CN C40-8W 2182 was also shot at Steven’s Point, WI enroute to Winnipeg, MB.
The “Catch of the month”: On December 29th Ron Visockis was first to catch CN 2182 “leading” CN train #149, eastbound to Montreal with CN 2424 behind. Pure luck, timing, and sunshine all combined to create this unbelievable photo opportunity!
Trace locations of CN 2098-2199
(CN ex-UP C40-8, ex-BNSF C40-8W)
CRO “Special Report” (compiled by Joe Ferguson)
Dan Braun clicked CN train M340 southbound on the Neenah Sub December 28th thru Oshkosh, WI. It had CN 8915 (SD70M-2), CN 2422 (C40-8M), CN 2143 (C40-8W) and CN 2536 (C44-9W). CN 2143, which has eluded cameras since leaving the Centralia booth, was the first of 2 mid-train DPUs. CN 2536 is receiving control commands from leader 8915 - no widecabs to date have marker lamps indicating they've been DPU equipped.
Brandon Warnick shot CN 2166 in idle ainted in November at the Centralia Shop, and was awaiting final completion.
On December 16th, George captured 2183, 2185, and 2198 in CN paint at the CN engine facility Centralia, IL.
Larry Amaloo caught CN M336 with CN 2099, CN 5691, CN 5272, CN 8811, and CN 2148 in La Grange, IL, on November 25th.
As CN is power short, they have begun activating locos stored at Woodcrest. Ken Lanovich noted resurrected IC SD40-2 6100 rides on rebuilt, repainted trucks. Now un-retired, IC 6100 was ready for movement December 22, GTW SD40-2’s 5931 (CN livery) and 5936 (GTW red/blue), have also been pulled from the Woodcrest storage lines and are now inside the shop. CN will be putting more other stored SD40-2’s back into service this winter and have placed a contract bid to return 18 SD40-2`s to service status. Unfortunately, it is too late for the IC 6000’s and nearly all the IC 6100’s that were scrapped at Woodcrest in 2010. On December 30th two CN SD40-2W 5300-series (Ken missed their numbers) were shipped dead-in-transit south out of Markham Yard (outside Chicago), likely going to the St. Louis area for contract work.
CN SD70M-2 8022 got tipped over by the rotary coal dumper at the Westshore terminal at Deltaport, in Robert’s Bank, BC, on December 18th. This happened a few years ago as well, when another SD70M-2 got tipped. On December 19th CN 8022 was sent to Thornton Yard for evaluation and repairs.
On October 29th, George clicked CN C40-8W 2156 and IC E9A 100 backing the business train S/B into the yard at Centralia, IL.
Over the next few issues, CRO will update CN C40-8 and C40-8W’s equipped with DPU, as well as those with Split Cooling mods.
One of the first ex-UP GE’s modified for DPU, CN 2108 was shot November 13th by Henry Nye at Neenah, WI. The DPU red light is clearly visible on the right number board.
On December 24th, Joe Ferguson clicked CN C40-8W 2148 sporting the split Cooling Mod at Du Quoin, IL.
All CN 2100’s can be seen HERE
Joe Ferguson clicked BCOL B39-8E 3910 at Centralia, IL on December 12th The string of retired blue BC Rail GE’s remain stored at Centralia and 3910 (Photographed) was the only south facing unit.
Kris also shot EJE J-ball SD38-2 671 on a local pushing off of the old C&O main onto the EJE after serving a chemical depot at Griffith, IN late October.
Former CN GP40-2LW's enjoy a new life on the prairie shortline TPW. Remington, IN on August 15th; and Kris shot this potpourri of CN power at Griffith, IN: A pair of IC SD70's show off their new DPU modification August 8th; a CN crew utilise the open front door to bring in some fresh air into the cab of their BCOL C40-8M 4605 on a hot 90 degree day in july 6th, and finaly a GTW GP 38-2 (ex Rock Island; no dynamic brakes) sneaks past the Kankakee, IL Amtrak platform and a set of high voltage lines on August 15th.
On December 16th and 17th, Chris Wilson clicked the following locomotive shots at MacMillan Yard, Toronto.
CN train 37231-16 is just getting under way.
Following release from Cadrail in Montreal, CEFX GP38-3 6537 sports a new “CIT” long hood logo. The locomotive arrived on M37321-16.. The unit is destined to an industry in Norma, Wisconsin on Union Pacific.
Old soldiers CN GP38-2 4707 and 4788 pose beside the new CN guard;
Kenneth Borg captured the 2011 CN Santa Train in a cold December rainy and overcast day at Scott Lake Road crossing of the GTW Holly Sub-division in Waterford, Michigan.
Ron Barrett clicked CN SD70M-2 8024 sitting at 189.48 of the Kingston Sub, after a traction motor seized resulting in a small fire. The incident occurred during the early morning of December 27th and blocked one mainline on the Kingston Sub between Ernestown to Napanee ON, forcing detours around it.
CN LOCOMOTIVES RETIRED IN 2011
CN Retired a total of 11 locomotives in 2011:
CN 7061 GP9RM has been added to our 2011 list
CN GP9RM’s 4118, 7007, 7010, 7018, 7045, 7061. 7216, 7218, 7259,
IC SW14 1501;
CN slug 272
GCFX has sold SD40-3 6059 (former CN SD40 5197), to the Wellsville and Corning Railroad in New York State.
Former NBEC c424 (SFEX 4202) was sold by CN to a leasing company, and was moving to the Morristown and Erie Railroad at press time.
Summary of Rolling Stock Painted in the 1990’s
CN North America Livery
By Chris VanderHeide and Don McQueen (FROTH)
From about 1993-95 CN experimented with branding themselves as "CN North America", including a silhouette of a map of North American behind their logo. About 1995 CN dropped the map from the logo. Several freight cars also managed to receive experimental new CNNA paint schemes featuring the short-lived logo. Now, based on photographic evidence, and information on the CN Cyclopedia website and elsewhere, we conclude that only five cars the entire CN fleet are known to have received versions of the CNNA scheme.
As well, there are a small number of containers with the grey NA map and CN Intermodal lettering in the CNRU 281xxx (Laser) and 290xxx series. Andrew Blackburn added he has a photo taken September 1998 in Montreal Taschereau yard of sleeping car CN 59345 (formerly 1625 Kelowna) a 12 section 1 drawing room used on the Montreal Aux. The paint scheme was Canadian National North America livery with white CNNA logos on the brown work car. Within the next year the Auxiliary was removed from service.
CN Train #1 The “Super Continental” led by CN FP9A 6501 is seen at Edmonton, Alberta on March 21, 1965. When Peter Cox shot this slide the CN noodle was only 3-years old, and most equipment and passenger locos was still wearing CNR green, yellow and black. The B-unit appears to be in fresh paint.
Peter Cox caught Canadian National Railways GP9 4131 running white flags with a long string of empty 40-Foot box cars departing Symington Yard in Winnipeg, MB September 5, 1963. The boxcars are destined to be loaded with grain and then sent to Thunder Bay ON.
© CRO January 2012