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Well, I figured out how to make the GMTX MP15ACs interesting: unexpectedly tack a strange looking critter onto it, throw the conductor in there, and shove it into Feeder. I was in Welland first thing and followed 1859 out of town down to Dain City and onwards to WH Yard. They lifted some cars from WH for the biodiesel place then headed back across the bridge to work there for the day. I was over there in Dain when the flashers started going again and there came 340 with this strange looking critter along for the ride behind it. They set it off in WH Yard and then went over to Feeder. Next, they threw me off there by taking the southernmost crossing on the wye on Feeder Road as opposed to the far more well-traveled northernmost crossing, and headed as far west as the old Cayuga would take them. They knocked some handbrakes off some tanks that had been in storage for ages, and attempted to pull them out. The combination of tremendously overgrown rails, a bit of morning dew still left, and likely the (lack of) power of the unit in question, they couldn't get very far due to wheel slip - maybe 10 feet at a time at most. 1859 was called to the rescue and the two managed to get the tanks out of storage. As the two headed east, 340 was dropped off in Feeder, and 1859 took the tanks east towards Dain City. 340 followed close behind and lifted the critter back out of WH Yard and headed towards Feeder, where they crossed the northernmost crossing on Feeder Road, went into the yard, ran around the train and pulled the critter back down the wye, and then shoved it across the southernmost crossing (pictured here). I was told there is a pit in Feeder that this unit will be placed on top of for work to be done to it. I was also told it belongs to Atlas. I know absolutely nothing about it, so if anyone can shed some light it'd be much appreciated. I can't even find other pictures of it. After they dropped the critter, they grabbed eight hoppers for the old Robin Hood mill out of Feeder, and a hopper for the Port Colborne Grain Terminal out of WH Yard, and headed down to Port Colborne. I followed them for a bit before calling it a day.
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Caption: Well, I figured out how to make the GMTX MP15ACs interesting: unexpectedly tack a strange looking critter onto it, throw the conductor in there, and shove it into Feeder.

I was in Welland first thing and followed 1859 out of town down to Dain City and onwards to WH Yard. They lifted some cars from WH for the biodiesel place then headed back across the bridge to work there for the day. I was over there in Dain when the flashers started going again and there came 340 with this strange looking critter along for the ride behind it. They set it off in WH Yard and then went over to Feeder. Next, they threw me off there by taking the southernmost crossing on the wye on Feeder Road as opposed to the far more well-traveled northernmost crossing, and headed as far west as the old Cayuga would take them. They knocked some handbrakes off some tanks that had been in storage for ages, and attempted to pull them out. The combination of tremendously overgrown rails, a bit of morning dew still left, and likely the (lack of) power of the unit in question, they couldn't get very far due to wheel slip - maybe 10 feet at a time at most. 1859 was called to the rescue and the two managed to get the tanks out of storage.

As the two headed east, 340 was dropped off in Feeder, and 1859 took the tanks east towards Dain City. 340 followed close behind and lifted the critter back out of WH Yard and headed towards Feeder, where they crossed the northernmost crossing on Feeder Road, went into the yard, ran around the train and pulled the critter back down the wye, and then shoved it across the southernmost crossing (pictured here). I was told there is a pit in Feeder that this unit will be placed on top of for work to be done to it. I was also told it belongs to Atlas. I know absolutely nothing about it, so if anyone can shed some light it'd be much appreciated. I can't even find other pictures of it.

After they dropped the critter, they grabbed eight hoppers for the old Robin Hood mill out of Feeder, and a hopper for the Port Colborne Grain Terminal out of WH Yard, and headed down to Port Colborne. I followed them for a bit before calling it a day.

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James Knott [378] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/27/2019 (search)
Railway: Industrial (search)
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Subdivision/SNS: Canal Spur (search)
City/Town: Feeder (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. As mentioned in the caption, it went to Feeder for work. It was there for several months, and is gone now – presumably back to Atlas.

  2. Yes, this is from the ASW (now Valbunna) former Atlas Specialty Steels Melt Shop, and is used to move Ingots from the Melt Shop to the Stripping Area, Conditioning and Shipping Departments. If they moved it out of the plant either it is going for an overhaul somewhere, or they likely that is the end of the line for the unit. I worked in the ATLAS Melt Shop in 1989 and would ride the unit from time to time…MIKE

  3. Thanks Jason. Definitely had to do a double take when I saw it!

  4. Very neat catch Jamie.

  5. Hahahaha. I hope it can keep up with those new speed limits! :)

  6. Put rubber tires on that sucker and finally I would have something safe to drive on the QEW.

  7. I got the story on the critter from someone associated with Trillium: ASW still maintains a small internal standard gauge network so they can move ingot molds and ladles to and from the melt shop. This is one of two 25 tonners on site. As melting is only done at night, this loco doesn’t get much use during the day.

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