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This image was shot only about 6 months after the start-up of the RaiLink Southern Ontario operation which worked Brantford-Nanticoke, which in turn was a couple of months before the Hamilton segment began in 12/97.
Seen here are RLK 3502, 3508 and 4205.  The first two units so very obviously X-CN; which in  previous years were slotted in the CN roster as 2502 and 2508 before the grouping of M-420(W) units were all renumbered to the 3500 series beginning in late 1986 and completed in 1987. The trailing GP9 began life in 1956 as QNSL 151.

I should note here that I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Thomson.  A true gentleman. R.I.P., Bill.
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Caption: This image was shot only about 6 months after the start-up of the RaiLink Southern Ontario operation which worked Brantford-Nanticoke, which in turn was a couple of months before the Hamilton segment began in 12/97. Seen here are RLK 3502, 3508 and 4205. The first two units so very obviously X-CN; which in previous years were slotted in the CN roster as 2502 and 2508 before the grouping of M-420(W) units were all renumbered to the 3500 series beginning in late 1986 and completed in 1987. The trailing GP9 began life in 1956 as QNSL 151. I should note here that I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Thomson. A true gentleman. R.I.P., Bill.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [2016] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/06/1998 (search)
Railway: Railink (search)
Reporting Marks: RLK 3502 (search)
Train Symbol: unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: RLK Hagersville Sub. (search)
City/Town: Jarvis/Garnet (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Ahhh….those early days. Twas weird to see as short lines became more evident.

    Also, I share your sentiment Arnold about the passing of Mr. Thomson. I never met him, but we had a good discussion via email about the old Mitchell train station. Sad news…

  2. I had only met bill in person a couple of times but we did converse over e-mail. Appreciate some of the experiences he has shared with us.

    I also completely missed the M420 era on the RLHH but by 2001 it was already switched over to geeps… is that the 4205 trailing? i did see that a few times and even shot it on the cowpath.

  3. I first met Bill up in Parry Sound with George Schaller and Don McQueen. Those guys were real troopers when it came to their train watching activities. They were quite the 3 Amigos.

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