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An oddball on the Canadian locomotive scene is this ALCO C415, one of only 26 built between 1966-1968.  These unique locomotives were designed as a "combination road and yard switcher," with three cab options; low, medium (pictured), and high (for road use), depending on the operator's needs.  The 4010 is seen at the Aquitaine Ram River Gas Plant, and was one of two C415s two work there, the other being Aquitaine 4011.  Unlike most C415s which used the standard AAR trucks, these units, both of Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railroad heritage, were constructed with ALCO's high adhesion trucks.As SP&S's only C415s, both 4010 and 4011 spent much of their careers working alongside one another.  4010 was originally built as their #100, later becoming Burlington Northern 4010 in 1970.  Aquitaine 4011 began as SP&S 101, to BN 4011, and Aquitaine 4011.  Following retirement by BN in mid-1980 and the 1981 sale to Aquitaine, the units would arrive at the Ram River facility not long before this image was taken.  By 1982, the units were restenciled for the facility's new owner, Canterra Energy, operating with them until the company's 1989 purchase by Husky.  As of January 1, 2021 Husky is now owned by Cenovus.  Husky Energy would retire both locomotives in 1996 and they would return to the states operating for Ohio River Terminals in Huntington, West Virginia.  Little information can be found past this point, but it seems the units were worked hard with little maintenance, both retired in 2004 in need of new wheels and a new prime mover for 4010.  After being up for sale for a year, both units were scrapped onsite in July, 2005.A 1997 video of 4010/4011 working Ohio River Terminals can be found here.James Claflin Photo, Jacob Patterson Collection slide.
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Caption: An oddball on the Canadian locomotive scene is this ALCO C415, one of only 26 built between 1966-1968. These unique locomotives were designed as a "combination road and yard switcher," with three cab options; low, medium (pictured), and high (for road use), depending on the operator's needs. The 4010 is seen at the Aquitaine Ram River Gas Plant, and was one of two C415s two work there, the other being Aquitaine 4011. Unlike most C415s which used the standard AAR trucks, these units, both of Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railroad heritage, were constructed with ALCO's high adhesion trucks.

As SP&S's only C415s, both 4010 and 4011 spent much of their careers working alongside one another. 4010 was originally built as their #100, later becoming Burlington Northern 4010 in 1970. Aquitaine 4011 began as SP&S 101, to BN 4011, and Aquitaine 4011. Following retirement by BN in mid-1980 and the 1981 sale to Aquitaine, the units would arrive at the Ram River facility not long before this image was taken. By 1982, the units were restenciled for the facility's new owner, Canterra Energy, operating with them until the company's 1989 purchase by Husky. As of January 1, 2021 Husky is now owned by Cenovus. Husky Energy would retire both locomotives in 1996 and they would return to the states operating for Ohio River Terminals in Huntington, West Virginia. Little information can be found past this point, but it seems the units were worked hard with little maintenance, both retired in 2004 in need of new wheels and a new prime mover for 4010. After being up for sale for a year, both units were scrapped onsite in July, 2005.

A 1997 video of 4010/4011 working Ohio River Terminals can be found here.

James Claflin Photo, Jacob Patterson Collection slide.

Photographer:
James Claflin Photo; Jacob Patterson Collection [178] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/16/1981 (search)
Railway: Industrial (search)
Reporting Marks: Aquitaine 4010 (search)
Train Symbol: N/A (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Ram River Gas Plant (search)
City/Town: Ram River (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Excellent Jacob. :-)

  2. Really good write-up and excellent photo. I stop each time going west at Burlington, Iowa, as the BJRY has two C-415s, 701 and 702. As far as this one pictured, I didn’t even know it existed.

  3. Thanks guys. I was surprised to learn any of these spent time in Canada. Also note Penvidic Contracting 2034, the former CP DTC 44H44A1 from Burlington, worked this plant from 1980-1987. Photo to come.

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