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A few years ago I posted a shot of this train. This image, taken from the opposite side of the track,  I feel is a much better one. This is CR 5447 and 5448, fresh rebuilds, running on the former CN Dunnville line which enabled the power to wye the CN complex at Fort Erie after bringing over traffic to Canada. Shown here heading stateside by the Central Ave bridge, these locomotives after rebuild are designated GP8s rather than the GP7s they were originally built as. Whats in the gons? Someone had suggested they were crates of automobile parts from Tillsonburg area. Certainly a 'primitive' way of shipping compared with todays' standards.  
The track this train is running on as well as the adjacent was removed many years ago. The bridge was replaced recently. The water tower is long gone. No idea about the locomotives.
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Caption: A few years ago I posted a shot of this train. This image, taken from the opposite side of the track, I feel is a much better one. This is CR 5447 and 5448, fresh rebuilds, running on the former CN Dunnville line which enabled the power to wye the CN complex at Fort Erie after bringing over traffic to Canada. Shown here heading stateside by the Central Ave bridge, these locomotives after rebuild are designated GP8s rather than the GP7s they were originally built as. Whats in the gons? Someone had suggested they were crates of automobile parts from Tillsonburg area. Certainly a 'primitive' way of shipping compared with todays' standards. The track this train is running on as well as the adjacent was removed many years ago. The bridge was replaced recently. The water tower is long gone. No idea about the locomotives.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1188] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/01/1979 (search)
Railway: Conrail (search)
Reporting Marks: CR 5447 (search)
Train Symbol: cross border transfer (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Fort Erie Yard (search)
City/Town: Fort Erie (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Interesting slide of Conrail on the Canadian side of the border. “Mercer” above gave a very informative comment. Learning something new each time I check out a good photo. And Arnold’s comment tells me the entire story. Thanks Arnold. Hard to believe it’s been 25-30 years since Conrail.

  2. Thanks, Professor BEM’r. Always appreciated.

  3. These two were both former E-L gp7. The 5447 later would become Central Michigan 9210; in 2003 in was sold to Consolidated Grain & Barge at Naples IL; it may have been relocated by CG&B to Pontiac IL.
    CR traded in 5448 to Pielet Brothers, McCook IL.
    I would say those gons were packaged at Livingston Industries, Tillsonburg. Could be just about any product from around southern Ontario, all for export via NY/NJ ports. Since this is post-CR, N&W would deliver them to what might have been former E-L points.

  4. Nice stuff! Aircraft parts were also known to have been shipped in wooden crates loaded in gondolas, at least into the mid-60′s.

  5. Nostalgic scene as usual Mr Mooney.

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