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This is the 9179, 3½ years after being converted to B unit 9107. The 9179 returned to the road as 9107 in November/84. It will be retired in December, 1989. According to the CNRHA, all the remaining F7AU's (A's & B's) were retired at this time. I had some hope that maybe a few B's would remain in service, as the cabs were rarely seen anymore in 88, nope, it was a clean sweep. I see the unit designation has had the 7 blacked out (GFB 1 b), making it look like combinations used during steam and early diesel times. The 5591 is leading this consist. This photograph was shot right by the mile 34 sign, very close to the end of May. Please see my neighbouring photo for the first part of this caption. Thanks.
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Caption: This is the 9179, 3½ years after being converted to B unit 9107. The 9179 returned to the road as 9107 in November/84. It will be retired in December, 1989. According to the CNRHA, all the remaining F7AU's (A's & B's) were retired at this time. I had some hope that maybe a few B's would remain in service, as the cabs were rarely seen anymore in 88, nope, it was a clean sweep. I see the unit designation has had the 7 blacked out (GFB 1 b), making it look like combinations used during steam and early diesel times. The 5591 is leading this consist. This photograph was shot right by the mile 34 sign, very close to the end of May. Please see my neighbouring photo for the first part of this caption. Thanks.

Photographer:
L. Priest [120] (more) (contact)
Date: End of May, 1988 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9107 (search)
Train Symbol: 584 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Kerensky (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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5 Comments
  1. That is correct Jakob. The new tanks have a more blocky appearance to them. Not like the originals, which have curved sides. I’m guessing, they may also be a little longer in length. My recent 9108 photo shows the angled sides better. I don’t know how much of an increase in capacity this created. I saw these b’s used on the Edson sub. with SD40′s & 50′s. I imagine the extra fuel gave them a little more reach before needing a refill. Thanks for the interest and good eye. :-)

  2. It looks like it also got a new fuel tank as part of the F7AUM conversion… don’t think I had noticed that before.

  3. No confusion here. I had happened upon your profile page that was with regard your names. I found it humorous and was looking forward to the future.

    I should have seen the reasoning for that door right away. Good stuff.

  4. That is correct, not the easiest method of going from unit to unit. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo. :-)

    I see by calling myself a new nickname every so often has caused confusion. I shall change it to Larry Parks.

  5. Nicely done, whatever your name is, and very ghostly as usual. :-) Was that a regular access door under the headlight?

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