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The grain extra has just passed through Redwater and will make a quick stop in Gibbons to pickup a string of empty flats. This will be the last bit of work they will do, Edmonton is only a short distance away. By this late in the 1988 summer, having pure GP9's for power was becoming uncommon. The GP38's had become the goto unit for heading up trains.
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Caption: The grain extra has just passed through Redwater and will make a quick stop in Gibbons to pickup a string of empty flats. This will be the last bit of work they will do, Edmonton is only a short distance away. By this late in the 1988 summer, having pure GP9's for power was becoming uncommon. The GP38's had become the goto unit for heading up trains.

Photographer:
L. Parks [101] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/27/1988 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4290 (search)
Train Symbol: Grain Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Redwater (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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2 Comments
  1. If I may add. The 4285 and 4290 are set up the same way, for operation on light branch lines. The 4604 is one of two exNAR GP9′s (4602 the other) that received a CN paint job shortly after the takeover. The former NAR units have the blomberg trucks and no dynamic brakes, with shorthood forward. Also, instead of just a blip around the fuel fill, they have an apron along the frame with the oval cutouts.
    Thanks Brad.

  2. Note the Flexicoil trucks on 4290!

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