Welcome Visitor. First time here? Like what you see? Bookmark us for when you are bored, and check out 'top shots' and 'fantastic (editors choice)' in the menu above, you won't be dissapointed. Join our community! click here to sign up for an account today. Sick of this message? Get rid of it by logging-in here.

CN SD40-2W 5243 is the unit in charge of CN's Fibreplow train today, sitting at St. Mary's Junction awaiting their next call to duty.

The Fibreplow (or Fibre Plow) was used by CN's Signals & Communications department to install fibre optic cable along CN's mainlines all across southern Ontario, starting in the mid-80's. Power was usually one SD40-2W, pulling a pair of specially modified flatcars (one equipped with trenching/ditching equipment, including the "plows" that cut deep trenches alongside the track and fed fibre optic cable down), and a few specially-modified gondolas equipped with racks that carried fibre optic cable reels that were fed to the plow. An assortment of work cars usually followed. At the time, they were plowing and laying fibre optic in the St. Marys and London areas. Photos from 1986 show trackage around Guelph, Burlington, the Halton Sub, the Weston Sub, St. Marys and London was all done.

For the modellers out there, two of the orange gondolas used on the Fibre Plow were done as part of one of Rapido Train's Canadian gondola releases, sans racks of course (I wonder who it was that tipped them off about those cars...hmmm!)

Gord Taylor photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.
Copyright Notice: This image ©Gord Taylor photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. all rights reserved.



Caption: CN SD40-2W 5243 is the unit in charge of CN's Fibreplow train today, sitting at St. Mary's Junction awaiting their next call to duty.

The Fibreplow (or Fibre Plow) was used by CN's Signals & Communications department to install fibre optic cable along CN's mainlines all across southern Ontario, starting in the mid-80's. Power was usually one SD40-2W, pulling a pair of specially modified flatcars (one equipped with trenching/ditching equipment, including the "plows" that cut deep trenches alongside the track and fed fibre optic cable down), and a few specially-modified gondolas equipped with racks that carried fibre optic cable reels that were fed to the plow. An assortment of work cars usually followed. At the time, they were plowing and laying fibre optic in the St. Marys and London areas. Photos from 1986 show trackage around Guelph, Burlington, the Halton Sub, the Weston Sub, St. Marys and London was all done. I suppose it's fitting that some of the "old tech" codeline/telegraph poles are included this shot.

For the modellers out there, two of the orange gondolas used on the Fibre Plow were done as part of one of Rapido Train's Canadian gondola releases, sans racks of course (I wonder who it was that tipped them off about those cars...hmmm!)

Gord Taylor photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Photographer:
Gord Taylor photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [502] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/19/1986 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 5242 (search)
Train Symbol: CN Fibreplow (search)
Subdivision/SNS: St. Marys Junction - CN Throndale Sub (search)
City/Town: St. Marys (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
Share Link: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=37898
Click here to Log-in or Register and add your vote.

11 Favourites
View count: 501 Views

Share this image on Facebook, Twitter or email using the icons below
Photo ID: 36705

NEW MAP IN BETA:

Full size | Suncalc
Note: Greedy Google forced us to change and suncalc.net also working on a fix.. stay tuned

3 Comments
  1. 360 networks now Allstream – this was the foundation for major commercial Internet/private data connections still used today. Plenty of allstream facilities trackside for fibre maintenance.

  2. There were two plow trains which installed fibre and signal cables system-wide. One of them was later sold to 360 Networks and used for their fibre builds on CN and CP property. At the time the first southern Ontario plowing jobs were done in the mid-late 1980s (there were several builds for different fibre customers), the other train was plowing between Edmonton and Vancouver.

  3. A shot of the train in action taken by S.Danko a few years later can be seen here: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=9626

Railpictures.ca © 2006-2020 all rights reserved. Photographs are copyright of the photographer and used with permission
Terms and conditions | About us