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Who gets up early on Fathers Day? Here is the result. The older Dads, I bet, will especially enjoy this one. I sure did. When I first saw this from a distance, it looked like the yard power from Clover Bar. Nope, when I saw the North American paint scheme, this had to be something else. It is the 5357, 5316 and 5263. The extra treat of the morning, there was some congestion to get in and out of Walker yard, they had to park and wait a short while before heading in. To clear the crossing circuit, a small backup was required. Hearing those turbos whine as they backed up a couple of car lengths was pure music to these old ears. That's the ESSO refinery flaring in the background.  Photo taken @ 6:30.
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Caption: Who gets up early on Fathers Day? Here is the result. The older Dads, I bet, will especially enjoy this one. I sure did. When I first saw this from a distance, it looked like the yard power from Clover Bar. Nope, when I saw the North American paint scheme, this had to be something else. It is the 5357, 5316 and 5263. The extra treat of the morning, there was some congestion to get in and out of Walker yard, they had to park and wait a short while before heading in. To clear the crossing circuit, a small backup was required. Hearing those turbos whine as they backed up a couple of car lengths was pure music to these old ears. That's the ESSO refinery flaring in the background.
Photo taken @ 6:30.

Photographer:
L. Priest [150] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/17/2018 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 5357 (search)
Train Symbol: Unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Camrose Sub. (search)
City/Town: Edmonton (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Haha@Extra1014. After 36 years of railroading you learn a thing or two about your motive power :-)

    I would love to hear how you ran through the mountains with no D/B . Of course back then it was all about power braking.
    I remember having 5 GP40-2W’s on the ore train to Hamilton and that sucker was heavy and no D/B. By the seat of your pants railroading. I miss it. Now you have Trip Optimizer. Never learned and glad I don;t have to anymore.

  2. Nice eagle eyes there 4u. Missed that one completely myself. Had a close look and it appears where it should bolt onto the truck there is a broken bolt, a low priority repair at this time, I’m sure. Don’t get me going about running solid sets of GP40-2′s in the mountains and the resulting problems that came of that. :-)

  3. Interesting that only the middle unit has dynamic brakes. Not great if they are going down hill.
    Also the “snubber” is missing from the lead middle truck on the 5357!

  4. Sorry about the shadow in the picture, for the time of day and the lens I had on, I could not get myself out of the photo. After processing I thought “what the heck, the guys will probably want to see this rather than putting it in file 13″. Many thanks to those who gave it a golden shine. :^)

  5. I wonder if it has not been repainted at some point, the zebra stripes and number under the cab window are in great shape for a unit 38 years old. Thanks for leaving a comment Eric. :-)

  6. Good of them to put the nicest unit up front.

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