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Typically not a Railfan favorite at the time but at least a change from the norm. sOR's GP20D's were a well welcomed addition to the railroads roster when new, especially considering the amount of worn out power the railroad had to make due with for years. By this date the units were nearing, being returned to their leasing company and were relatively worn out themselves thanks to years of heavy use. Today not only the power is gone from Hamilton but the engine house and even SOR operations are done here as well.
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Caption: Typically not a Railfan favorite at the time but at least a change from the norm. sOR's GP20D's were a well welcomed addition to the railroads roster when new, especially considering the amount of worn out power the railroad had to make due with for years. By this date the units were nearing, being returned to their leasing company and were relatively worn out themselves thanks to years of heavy use. Today not only the power is gone from Hamilton but the engine house and even SOR operations are done here as well.

Photographer:
Marcus W Stevens [571] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/08/2011 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: CEFX 2006/2014 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Oakville sub. (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. They actually lasted on the SOR into 2015!

    The new G&W power arrived the end of 2014 and you could still find a few GP20D’s into 2015

  2. Are you sure these were welcomed? Did they pull well?

    This was during the Rail America era of “single engine everything” in Hamilton where in order to cut costs most jobs were 1 unit.

    They would have no choice but to add a 2′nd unit on some jobs though due to the grade coming out of the hole. That would change under G&W thankfully

    I’d witnessed a few trains stall trying to leave the hole with a single unit.. also stall departing Hamilton needing a push out.

    CN takes no chances… by comparison

  3. Hell, the CN triple set barely got going the other day with a huge drag from NSC (among others) and the CP triple set stalled today coming out from under the Grimsby heading towards Kinnear – burning out a traction motor in the process.

  4. Nothing beats hearing a loaded cp slab train coming out of the grimsby sub dip with 3 gp9′s in notch 8 giving ‘er… ahhh those were the days.

  5. I remember heading to Brantford at 3am one day and catching the SOR crew assembling their train in the yard. While waiting for an eastbound to pass the engineer stepped down and chatted with me about their power. He really liked the GP20D’S when they first arrived as the GP9′S had been overworked for years and were in bad shape. But even that night there was a GP40 in the mix covering for a ailing GP20D. He said it didn’t take long for the GP20D’S to be worn out on such heavy trains and constant use.

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