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CN extra 9647 west (white markers), with a dimensional, pulling onto the Dundas Sub (mile 76.8) at London Junction, from the Thorndale Sub 


   Powered by GMD built:  GP40-2L(W)   9647   /   GP40-2L(W)  9415  /   SD40  5xx2  (dynamic brakes)  


   at London, January 17,1981 Kodachrome by S. Danko


  Noteworthy: former Thorndale Sub now the west end of the Guelph Sub
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CN extra 9647 west (white markers), with a dimensional, pulling onto the Dundas Sub (mile 76.8) at London Junction, from the Thorndale Sub

Powered by GMD built: GP40-2L(W) 9647 / GP40-2L(W) 9415 / SD40 5xx2 (dynamic brakes)

at London, January 17,1981 Kodachrome by S. Danko

Noteworthy: former Thorndale Sub now the west end of the Guelph Sub

Photographer:
sdfourty [413] (more) (contact)
Date: 01/19/1981 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN#9547 (search)
Train Symbol: extra CN 9547 west (search)
Subdivision/SNS: London Junction (search)
City/Town: London (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Know the location well. Never did get a shot as nice as this though.

  2. Amazing picture – I can’t believe those watchtowers lasted as long as they did. I think I see leaf springs sticking out from the trucks on the third unit. Any chance it is 4002? All of the GP40s had dynamics.

  3. @Jakob..The GP40 4000/9300 class do have leaf springs as do GP40-2W’s.
    The dynamic brakes on the GP40′s as well as original GP9′s were disconnected by CN. The only units I operated with DB were some SD40′s

  4. That’s got to be 411′s train that used the Guelph Sub to get to Sarnia.

  5. The third unit may be GP40 9302 (with db), by 1997 the 9302 had black & white stripes. Did CN apply zebra to existing units during the eighties & nineties? Some geep 9′s when re-built/shopped did get zebras.

  6. Some GP40s started getting zebra stripes in the late 70s – there are lots of photos of 4016 on here, for example. Others kept the noodle for a while – when the 4000-series to 9300-series renumbering happened (in late 1981), numbers were just patched. I think it was just a matter of whether new paint was needed when it went in for servicing, and if there was time to paint it, or if it had to be kicked back into service faster. Same with the geeps and the RS-18s – they became zebras when they needed new paint. (When rebuilt, all of the 4000 and 4100 series geeps got zebra stripes, and the 7000 and 7200 series got noodles.)

  7. Phil – you are right, I should have said dynamic blisters, not dynamics. I knew CN disconnected a lot of them, although I don’t get it – seems like it may have been useful for eastbounds coming down the hill into Bayview. Or at least saved some brake shoes.

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