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When you are relying on memory and then forgetting what you tried to remember, it dawns on one that over the years one tends to forget where the heck one has been. Case in point is this image of a TEE set arrival to Canada in the fall of 1977. It was unloaded from a ship in Toronto harbour, and then ended up where? I have marked this photo as being at Mimico on account lack of downtown Toronto skyline.  I'd appreciate someone setting me straight.
Image is of employees discussing and dealing with the coupling system on the front of the Trans-Europe Express trainset #1902. CN 1258 and accompanying van suggest it has just been brought to this location. Note protective plastic over the power car.
Four TEE sets were brought over from Europe in 1977 expressly for the Cochrane-Toronto passenger run.
The #1902 was changed to ONR 1982 when set went into operation as not to conflict with CN units on roster. It was discovered the power car could not handle Canadian winters and was replaced in 1980 an FP-7A on all four trainsets. The complete trainsets themselves were retired by 1992.
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Caption: When you are relying on memory and then forgetting what you tried to remember, it dawns on one that over the years one tends to forget where the heck one has been. Case in point is this image of a TEE set arrival to Canada in the fall of 1977. It was unloaded from a ship in Toronto harbour, and then ended up where? I have marked this photo as being at Mimico on account lack of downtown Toronto skyline. I'd appreciate someone setting me straight.Image is of employees discussing and dealing with the coupling system on the front of the Trans-Europe Express trainset #1902. CN 1258 and accompanying van suggest it has just been brought to this location. Note protective plastic over the power car.Four TEE sets were brought over from Europe in 1977 expressly for the Cochrane-Toronto passenger run.The #1902 was changed to ONR 1982 when set went into operation as not to conflict with CN units on roster. It was discovered the power car could not handle Canadian winters and was replaced in 1980 an FP-7A on all four trainsets. The complete trainsets themselves were retired by 1992.

Photographer:
A.W. Mooney [1490] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/04/1977 (search)
Railway: Ontario Northland (search)
Reporting Marks: "ONT" 1902 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Don Yard (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Foamers speeding over, stumbling over each other snapping rolls of slide film to sell in the future ;)

    But on the flip side, social media would also make it easier for the less desirables to get the 4-11, do something stupid and ruin it for everybody.

  2. Interesting, P.I. MrDan! Could you imagine what it would have been like if we had the ‘social network of today’ back in 1977? It would have been a zoo around there.

  3. As a postscript, at least two of those TEE trains were sent to the Orenda Engines plant in Malton in *May 1977 before entering service. Some shots of newly delivered 1900 and 1901 there were floating around that notorious auction site recently.

    I bet that’s them in the bottom left of this aerial imagery: http://jpeg2000.eloquent-systems.com/toronto.html?image=ser12/s0012_fl1977_it0096.jp2

  4. Some comments just for us railroad buffs regarding the service and the ride on the Northlander back then would certainly be of interest if you have a moment to express it…. :o ) There was a lot of controversy over whether the money purchasing these units was well spent…..but that is a government matter; no doubt nothing has changed……..

  5. Very cool! That’s gotta be one of the first pictures of the TEE trainsets on North American soil. I remember those trains well. I spent many an hour on them riding between Toronto and New Liskeard, Ont.

  6. This is really cool Arnold! You keep posting these awesome shots, keep them coming :)

  7. It is?? Really?? I wonder how the heck I ended up over there?? I do recall being surprised by what I had stumbled across. No recollection of the yard now, though.
    THANKS for helping out!!

  8. Arnold, nice historical catch! This is the CN’s Don Yard, the Lever Bros/Korex/Unilever Don Valley soap factory is behind it.

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