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In late June 1972 Hurricane Agnes hit the US Northeast with heavy rain and winds. It turned out to be the most costly storm up to that time in the Northeast. Washouts and damage to bridges resulted in detours of EL and D&H trains through Canada in early July. Here, a westbound is just east Elgin Street, Bowmanville at 10 am. on July 5, 1972
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Caption: In late June 1972 Hurricane Agnes hit the US Northeast with heavy rain and winds. It turned out to be the most costly storm up to that time in the Northeast. Washouts and damage to bridges resulted in detours of EL and D&H trains through Canada in early July. Here, a westbound is just east Elgin Street, Bowmanville at 10 am. on July 5, 1972

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Doug Hately [65] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/05/1972 (search)
Railway: Erie Lackawanna (search)
Reporting Marks: EL803 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Belleville Sub. (search)
City/Town: Bowmanville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. The detours began on Jun25/72 and ended on July11/72. There were 75 trains in total, between CN and CP. Two of those trains were eastbound Lehigh Valley trains, on CN. I have a shot of the ABBA at Burlington, hope to get that scanned before I die…..o)).
    Great shot here, DWH. It could pretty much pass as being anywhere on the E-L around Corning or Hornell. This is westbound E-L/N&W hotshot AP-1, a.k.a. ‘APOLLO’. It ran on N&W beyond Buffalo, to Chicago. Locos are 803-2570-7102-2563.

  2. EL 803 started as ENDX 4345 and was purchased by the D&H (as were two others becoming 801 and 802). D&H 801-803 were not on the road long. When DERECO became the owner of both the D&H and the EL in 1968 (DERECO was owned by N&W as a way of isolating it from losses of roads it was ‘forced’ by the Interstate Commerce Commission to absorb), the D&H SD45′s were traded to EL for a like number of U36C’s, the EMD’s being orphans on the D&H roster and EL being a big user of 20 cylinder EMD’s.
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    When EL was devastated by Hurricane Agnes, DERECO (N&W) ran for cover and both roads were cut loose to fend for themselves. If memory serves, EL 801-803 remained on the EL right up until the eve of Conrail, when the swap was reversed. Interestingly and totally unrelated, the EL’s SDP45′s were all returned to N&W by Conrail upon expiration of their 15 years leases as N&W had financed them.
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    Doug, fantastic shot… EL is easily my favourite fallen flag.

  3. We had similar detours through Canada in 2006 – NS F328/9 usually with NS power (Buffalo to Montreal) in July 2006, and a handful of CSX re-routes (with a CP leader tacked on) via Windsor/Toronto/Montreal. I believe this group was due to major storm and flooding.

    and a couple NS re-routes in 2011…. I believe these were due to a major derailment though.

    Has to be pretty big for these to occur it would seem.

  4. Re: #4 from Arnold EL801-02-03 were ex EMD SD-45 demonstrators. I don’t know if they went to the D&H.
    Re.#1 from Stephen checking my notebooks, the first detour I show was on June 25/72 and the last one was July 9/72 but I may have missed the actual first and last.

  5. I find it hard to believe A-B-B-A Set of EL F’s would be forgettable :) hehehe

    How ‘short’ of a time did these detours last guys? Days? weeks?

  6. Wow nice shot! Wish we had more foreign power running around on a more regular basic!

  7. Nice shot. It was great time, although short. The B unit reminds me that an ABBA set of Fs made it through as well.

  8. Doug: This leader is the same unit that ended up on the D&H ??

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