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The GEXR expanded from its original startup in 1992 for the first time on November 16, 1998 with the acquisition of the CN Guelph Subdivision. The line brought in 6 units from other RaiLink roads for the takeover. The usual power problems resulted in GEXR leasing for brief periods units from the CN as well, thirty days at a time, I'm told. February 1999 was the only month the three in this image were together. And this was one of the rare times I was able to successfully snag a shot of a train rolling over the Grand River bridge. A lot of chopping, sawing and weeding preceded this event. Nowadays this area is all housing.......CN 9661, 9633 and 9643 power eastward toward Mac Yd from Stratford; I was a bit peeved there was no genuine GEXR loco in the consist, but one takes what one is offered. It looks to be a regular pre-GEXR train of the CN, but it isn't. It IS part of history though.
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Caption: The GEXR expanded from its original startup in 1992 for the first time on November 16, 1998 with the acquisition of the CN Guelph Subdivision. The line brought in 6 units from other RaiLink roads for the takeover. The usual power problems resulted in GEXR leasing for brief periods units from the CN as well, thirty days at a time, I'm told. February 1999 was the only month the three in this image were together. And this was one of the rare times I was able to successfully snag a shot of a train rolling over the Grand River bridge. A lot of chopping, sawing and weeding preceded this event. Nowadays this area is all housing.......CN 9661, 9633 and 9643 power eastward toward Mac Yd from Stratford; I was a bit peeved there was no genuine GEXR loco in the consist, but one takes what one is offered. It looks to be a regular pre-GEXR train of the CN, but it isn't. It IS part of history though.

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A.W. Mooney [1340] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/22/1999 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9661 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: GEXR Guelph Sub (search)
City/Town: Breslau (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Nice shot Arnold. I’m hoping there are some shots out there of Guelph before the GEXR takeover.

  2. I’d be happy to find a consist like this on CN let alone GEXR.. like wine, this shot has aged well.

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