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The yellow General Motors of Canada switcher was a hard one to catch, and back then it certainly was busy, usually deep in the depths of endless boxcars and such. I remember the unit bearing the number 47174, but someone please correct me if possible.
Note GMs own water supply....looks from this angle almost like a moat. As for location; behind the freight cars is the Welland Canal, east side, the switcher is actually in Thorold and the GM plant is in St. Catharines.
I have no information on the switcher's status or anything else about what transpires back behind the GM these days.  Perhaps one of the locals who contributes to RP can fill us in!!
I am standing just off on the north side of the CN Grimsby sub.
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Caption: The yellow General Motors of Canada switcher was a hard one to catch, and back then it certainly was busy, usually deep in the depths of endless boxcars and such. I remember the unit bearing the number 47174, but someone please correct me if possible. Note GMs own water supply....looks from this angle almost like a moat. As for location; behind the freight cars is the Welland Canal, east side, the switcher is actually in Thorold and the GM plant is in St. Catharines. I have no information on the switcher's status or anything else about what transpires back behind the GM these days. Perhaps one of the locals who contributes to RP can fill us in!! I am standing just off on the north side of the CN Grimsby sub.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1314] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/22/1977 (search)
Railway: Industrial (search)
Reporting Marks: GM 47174 (search)
Train Symbol: plant switcher (search)
Subdivision/SNS: GM Plant 2 (search)
City/Town: St. Catharines (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Yes, should be Dofasco – brain fart.

  2. Dan – 416 is a Dofasco number. :) Great effort Arnold. I have not seen many if any photos of this unit and love seeing the rare critters.

    Sadly, they seem to be going Trackmobile….

  3. Thanks, guys, for the info!!!

  4. Track was removed in the late 90′s. One of the crossings behind the plant on the is still in place beside the seaway haulage road.

  5. This is presently the GM St. Catharines Propulsion Plant (manufactures engines and powertrains), originally built as McKinnon Industries (GM-owned) Plant #2. Aerial imagery suggests the track has been removed for quite a while (sometime pre-2009?).

    The switcher was built as McKinnon Industries (GM) 47074, a GMD-built SW900. Sources list it as being acquired by Stelco out of Hamilton as their 416.

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