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Ratty CP FA1 4016 works with SW1200RS 8161 on an extra east (handling what appears to be 2-bay open hoppers) eastbound on the Belleville Sub near Darlington through a winter countryside. The location is a bit difficult to pin down, but this may be rounding the bend at Prestonville Road around Mile 170. By this point in time, maroon and grey units weren't rare, but the cowl units had started to lose their beaver shields and ran around like this (many had their yellow stripes connected over the missing shield) until getting action red or retirement.

Two oddities lead this train:

8161 was one of the three regularly assigned SW1200RS units on the old Grand River Railway (CP Electric Lines), based out of Preston, Ontario: units 8160-8162. They were usually sent to Toronto for inspections and heavier repairs, and then sent back west to Galt for the GRR. Evidently today, 8161 managed to wander off east of Toronto to work this extra, making GRR wait a little bit longer to get "their" unit back from Hogtown.

And "4016" has an even more checkered history:

According to the "Canadian Pacific Diesel Locomotives" book by Dean & Hanna, the original FA1 4016 was wrecked in a collision in Maine in 1957, and sent to MLW to be rebuilt in a new body as RS10 8824, outshopped later that same year. It retained 4016's builder's number.

The 4016 number slot remained empty until a second 4016, seen here, was built in 1966 from retired FA1 4014. The 4014 was one of many first generation units CP retired and traded in to GMD and MLW on higher horsepower second generation power in the mid-60's. In this case, 4014 was retired and traded in to MLW for new C424 4249 in February 1966.

Around the same time, RS10 8557 was damaged due to an electrical fire in Thamesville in January 1966. To rebuild her, the shell of 4014 was purchased back from MLW, and CP combined the parts from both to build a "new" FA1, numbered as the second 4016 (likely after 4015, the lowest-numbered FA1 unit remaining), and outshopped it in March 1966. There's a photo in the CP Diesel book of Angus Shops taken in March 1966 showing 8557 and "an unknown FA1" (4014) in the shop together during the rebuild process. As with most of the FA/FB fleet, the new 4016 ran until it was tied up and stored at St. Luc in 1975, officially retired in 1977, and scrapped.

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: Ratty CP FA1 4016 works with SW1200RS 8161 on an extra east (handling what appears to be 2-bay open hoppers) eastbound on the Belleville Sub near Darlington through a winter countryside. The location is a bit difficult to pin down, but this may be rounding the bend at Prestonville Road around Mile 170. By this point in time, maroon and grey units weren't rare, but the cowl units had started to lose their beaver shields and ran around like this (many had their yellow stripes connected over the missing shield) until getting action red or retirement.

Two oddities lead this train:

8161 was one of the three regularly assigned SW1200RS units on the old Grand River Railway (CP Electric Lines), based out of Preston, Ontario: units 8160-8162. They were usually sent to Toronto for inspections and heavier repairs, and then sent back west to Galt for the GRR. Evidently today, 8161 managed to wander off east of Toronto to work this extra, making GRR wait a little bit longer to get "their" unit back from Hogtown.

And "4016" has an even more checkered history:

According to the "Canadian Pacific Diesel Locomotives" book by Dean & Hanna, the original FA1 4016 was wrecked in a collision in Maine in 1957, and sent to MLW to be rebuilt in a new body as RS10 8824, outshopped later that same year. It retained 4016's builder's number.

The 4016 number slot remained empty until a second 4016, seen here, was built in 1966 from retired FA1 4014. The 4014 was one of many first generation units CP retired and traded in to GMD and MLW on higher horsepower second generation power in the mid-60's. In this case, 4014 was retired and traded in to MLW for new C424 4249 in February 1966.

Around the same time, RS10 8557 was damaged due to an electrical fire in Thamesville in January 1966. To rebuild her, the shell of 4014 was purchased back from MLW, and CP combined the parts from both to build a "new" FA1, numbered as the second 4016 (likely after 4015, the lowest-numbered FA1 unit remaining), and outshopped it in March 1966. There's a photo in the CP Diesel book of Angus Shops taken in March 1966 showing 8557 and "an unknown FA1" (4014) in the shop together during the rebuild process. As with most of the FA/FB fleet, the new 4016 ran until it was tied up and stored at St. Luc in 1975, officially retired in 1977, and scrapped.

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

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Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [741] (more) (contact)
Date: Circa February 1972 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4016, 8161 (search)
Train Symbol: CP Extra East (search)
Subdivision/SNS: near Darlington - CP Belleville Sub (search)
City/Town: Darlington (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. What a great story regarding the 4016. I have an image of that wreck in Maine. Of the four FA’s in the wreck, only three appear, as the fourth was literally shaved off the frame.

  2. Fabulous research Dan! I always look forward to the detailed captions included in your posts. Please keep it up!

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