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Caption: Kevin's recent shot of L566 parked on the Waterloo spur, had consequences for the rest of the Guelph sub as now the Kitchener terminal would be quite short of motive power. To ensure two jobs operated the GMTX units (2) were assigned to 568 and L540 took this as their sole motive power to putter around between Kitchener, Guelph, Acton, and back. Returning from Canwel in Acton light power I took the opportunity to photograph 1444 passing Guelph's famous beside-street running at Kent St. In the far background are some of Guelph's landmarks - the Armoury an active yet historic 1906 DND facility and the new River House condos. A GMD1 on the Guelph sub in 2018? Pinch me.
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Caption: Caption: Kevin's recent shot of L566 parked on the Waterloo spur, had consequences for the rest of the Guelph sub as now the Kitchener terminal would be quite short of motive power. To ensure two jobs operated the GMTX units (2) were assigned to 568 and L540 took this as their sole motive power to putter around between Kitchener, Guelph, Acton, and back. Returning from Canwel in Acton light power I took the opportunity to photograph 1444 passing Guelph's famous beside-street running at Kent St. In the far background are some of Guelph's landmarks - the Armoury an active yet historic 1906 DND facility and the new River House condos. A GMD1 on the Guelph sub in 2018? Pinch me.

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Stephen C. Host [920] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/14/2018 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1444 (search)
Train Symbol: L540-14 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Guelph (search)
City/Town: Guelph (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. Thanks gang for the discussion and glad you like it. I hope 1444 comes out more often, it really has been hard to get.

  2. Thanks @PaulO’Shell for this. Gives me scale detail for my models. cheers!

  3. When CN took back the Guelph Sub this is the kind of stuff I was hoping we would see. Really nice scene here Steve!

  4. Transport Canada
    https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/railsafety/rules-tco76-338.htm#16
    Railway Locomotive Inspection and Safety Rules
    Part II – Locomotive Design Requirements

    16. Illuminating Devices

    16.1 Locomotives operating in a leading position shall be equipped with headlight(s) meeting the following design criteria:
    1. must be equipped with a minimum of one headlight that produces at least 200,000 candela;
    2.
    1. headlight(s) on locomotives other than in designated service must be aligned to centreline in the horizontal plane and depressed in the vertical plane to strike the rail at 244 metres (800 feet) ahead of the locomotive in the direction of travel;
    2. headlight(s) on designated or yard service locomotives must be aligned to centreline in the horizontal plane and depressed in the vertical plane to strike the rail at 91.5 metres (300 feet) ahead of the locomotive in the direction of travel;
    3. headlight(s) must be provided with a dimming device that reduces normal operating voltage in nominally 50%. The control of such device must be located to allow for convenient operation from the locomotive operator’s normal operating location;
    4. locomotives must be equipped with a rear headlight or have an illuminating device to provide for a safe switching operation.
    16.2 Leading locomotives, other than in designated and/or yard service, must be equipped, in the direction of travel, with ditch lights or a suitable alternative that is filed with the Department meeting the following design criteria:
    1. must be equipped with two ditch lights in the direction of travel, each of which produces at least 200,000 candela;
    2.
    1. ditch lights must be mounted at least 91.5 cm (36 inches) above the top of rail. They shall be spaced a minimum of 91.5 cm (36 inches) apart, unless the vertical distance between the headlight and the ditch light center lines is less than 152.5 cm (60 inches), in which case the ditch lights must be spaced at least 152.5 cm (60 inches) apart;
    2. diesel multiple units, electric multiple units and control cab cars are exempted from the mounting height requirement in paragraph [(b)i] where such placement would compromise the integrity of the car body or be otherwise impracticable. In such cases ditch lights must be mounted at least 61 cm (24 inches) above the top of rail;
    3. ditch lights shall be aligned in the horizontal plane to cross the locomotive centreline 122 metres (400 feet) ahead of the locomotive and depressed in the vertical plane to strike the rail at 244 metres (800 feet) in the direction of travel.
    16.3 Locomotives operating in a controlling position must be equipped with means of illuminating the control instruments, meters and gauges to enable the locomotive operator to make accurate readings from the normal operating location without interfering with the operator’s vision of track and signals.

  5. I Really agree! 1444 was assigned to 568 last week!!

  6. I thought ditch lights were an operational requirement? Gives me a good feeling as a few of my models are missing them. ;)

  7. Classic scene but yet so recent! Nice!

  8. Curiously i am reminded of this shot i took in 2006 and wonder why some cn units have ditch lights on the long hood and why some don’t on CN.

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=25175

    If you see photos of 1444 from 2015 when it was last assigned to aldershot it had ditch lights at that time on the rear.

  9. Graydon, god no. Keep dreaming.

    It will never happen. A registered charity cannot haul freight in Canada.

    At best WCR could lease a locomotive for in plant switching to a qualified company but remember cn has all freight rights on the waterloo spur for common carrier purposes.

  10. Cool! I wonder how often 566 will get tied up due to missing the window? This is what, only the regions second week in the serious phase of testing with all 14 LRVs?
    Something tells me WCR may be asked to assist in switching Fairway Lumber at times or maybe even the Chemical facilities if CN feels they got too much work to do and too less time.

  11. This looks like it could have been 20 years ago…

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