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Two sets of Union Pacific 1600-series Alco FA1/FB1 units are shown parked at CP's Lambton Yard engine terminal in March of 1964. Rather than reactivate some of their stored steam engines, in the early 60's power-short CP opted to lease surplus power from other railroads instead. Rumour has it UP pulled their FA/FB units from the deadlines to lease to CP in 1963/1964, and they mostly ran in solid UP sets. The units were built in the late 40's and after years of use on the UP were at the end of their lifespans. Upon return to the UP, they were used as trade-in credit to EMD the next year, and ultimately all scrapped.
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Caption: Two sets of Union Pacific 1600-series Alco FA1/FB1 units are shown parked at CP's Lambton Yard engine terminal in March of 1964. Rather than reactivate some of their stored steam engines, in the early 60's power-short CP opted to lease surplus power from other railroads instead. Rumour has it UP pulled their FA/FB units from the deadlines to lease to CP in 1963/1964, and they mostly ran in solid UP sets. The units were built in the late 40's and after years of use on the UP were at the end of their lifespans. Upon return to the UP, they were used as trade-in credit to EMD the next year, and ultimately all scrapped.

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Bill Thomson [611] (more) (contact)
Date: March 1964 (search)
Railway: Union Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: UP 1624 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP Lambton Yard (search)
City/Town: Toronto (West Toronto) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. In theory, CP had 250 steamers stored serviceable until 1962. This according to the book “Canadian Pacific Diesel Locomotives”

  2. Great story with an interesting twist. It’s a shame CPR didn’t pull out a few larger freight steamers. I guessing quite a few had been stored well and had plenty of boiler time left on them.

  3. Gosh.. you really think CP could have fired up the steam??

    What a set though. didn’t realize the FA/FB’s didn’t last that long on UP

  4. Nice. Incredible scene from the past.

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