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In the train-chasing era of the 1970s-80s when I did most of my foaming; the CP 8921, known fondly as the "Empress of Agincourt", was always a prize catch, for it seldom wandered out of the Toronto area. One usually had to head to the Big Smoke to catch it in action. Here it is working at Lambton Yard, the one-of-a-kind MLW RSD-17. A huge favourite in its' prime, it now rests quietly in retirement at the Elgin County Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario, never to run again. I wonder if todays' railfans take the time to seek out this locomotive, and also wonder if many even care.
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Caption: In the train-chasing era of the 1970s-80s when I did most of my foaming; the CP 8921, known fondly as the "Empress of Agincourt", was always a prize catch, for it seldom wandered out of the Toronto area. One usually had to head to the Big Smoke to catch it in action. Here it is working at Lambton Yard, the one-of-a-kind MLW RSD-17. A huge favourite in its' prime, it now rests quietly in retirement at the Elgin County Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario, never to run again. I wonder if todays' railfans take the time to seek out this locomotive, and also wonder if many even care.

Photographer:
A.W. Mooney [2133] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/16/1977 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8921 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Lambton Yard (search)
City/Town: (West) Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Back in the 1970′s and 80′s you “foamers” were an elite society with your own language and code words. I might have seen this locomotive but never knew it was special. The Internet Era makes it easy for the Fans to share their information. Should they care about a shell of a locomotive slowly rusting away? I like your picture. Did you get that from a footbridge over the yard somewhere near Jane Street?

  2. Off the old Weston Road bridge, if I am not mistaken. Memory fades, ya know. :o )

  3. That bridge was gone before I ever got there, but this brilliant shot is timeless.

  4. Dave: I sincerely appreciate YOUR appreciation.

  5. Yes, I visited it on the way back home from Train Festival 2009.

  6. The bushes just to the right covered by the smoke plume is where I camp out now! I normally catch a manifest working at 9am. In the background is George Bell arena and the yard is a few tracks less. The spur coming off the Yard throat I believe went to Canada Packers on St Clair and eventually met with CN. Thanks for the historical photo Mr Mooney of a familiar place!

  7. Such the “hiding place.” I would think not much gets by you.

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