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TH&B Rock Train bound for Port Maitland, seen from the Mountain Brow, as it approaches the underpass at old Hwy 20 on its climb to Vinemount. TH&B 74 leads the usual assortment of power.....namely whatever is available. The GP7s (72-77)and 9s(401-403), acquired by CP in 1987, underwent conversion to the CP roster, emerging as 1682-1690 in 1988. I believe this rock train was a regular unit June of 1984.
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Caption: TH&B Rock Train bound for Port Maitland, seen from the Mountain Brow, as it approaches the underpass at old Hwy 20 on its climb to Vinemount. TH&B 74 leads the usual assortment of power.....namely whatever is available. The GP7s (72-77)and 9s(401-403), acquired by CP in 1987, underwent conversion to the CP roster, emerging as 1682-1690 in 1988. I believe this rock train was a regular unit June of 1984.

Photographer:
A.W. Mooney [1500] (more) (contact)
Date: 03/25/1984 (search)
Railway: Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo (search)
Reporting Marks: TH&B 74 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: TH&B Welland Sub (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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10 Comments
  1. Would’ve enjoyed hearing the sound of the struggle up to Vinemount! Living near this now, between the Hwy 20 Overpass and New Mountain Road, I rarely hear any rail traffic when I am home.

  2. Thanks for your input, Bill. Information provided copied on the back of my 4×6 print.
    Gave up trusting my brain……..

  3. NW-2 #51 and #52 had MU Control.
    SW-9 #57 also had MU Control.
    #52 was out with a main bearing failure in 1980.
    Units had rear MU receptacle only as done by the TH&B shops.
    After the CPR takeover. Units #51 and #57 were sent to CPR in Toronto to have the receptacles added to the front of the locomotives to make them more flexible.
    Bill.

  4. I was just thinking what you wrote about them straining to make the grade. Great capture.

  5. Thanks, Mr. Encyclopedia. I will be pouring over my other Rock Train photos to see which switchers were involved as almost every move had them. I do recall #57 on most.

  6. Neat vantage point. Those two SW’s would be, I believe, 52 and 57(?). They were the only two to go through the TH&B’s rebuild program before CP canned it on them, and had MU installed so they could work with other units on freights.

  7. Man, that is cool! Great photo, Arnold.

  8. Another great Mooney-On-High shot.
    Caboose and everything.

  9. For some forgotten reason I did not chase this train over to Vinemount. But did see numerous others during this time frame. The roar of a Rock train straining to reach the summit was unforgettable, and to this day seeing those CP ACs climbing with ease just doesn’t do much for me. Glad you like this image.

  10. Beautiful Arnold.
    Would of been a great catch at Dewitt Rd and Vinemout. The sound show must of been great!
    Thank you. Bill

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