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Not only were f-units becoming hard to find in the summer of 1988, trios of GP9's also became hard subjects to photograph. There will be just a few more occurrences of GP9 trios between this date and May/89 when it came to an end. June 1989 saw a major share of railroading go to GP38's. On occasion, the re-built 4100's (infrequent) and 4000's (common) would be seen on trains. Two years later in Aug./90, I photo'd my last train on the Coronado. With over 90% of trains with GP38's, they all looked the same. The extra in this photo is just north of Edmonton at mile 6.7 at 11:30. It was nice having the rare visitor 4604 in the consist.
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Caption: Not only were f-units becoming hard to find in the summer of 1988, trios of GP9's also became hard subjects to photograph. There will be just a few more occurrences of GP9 trios between this date and May/89 when it came to an end. June 1989 saw a major share of railroading go to GP38's. On occasion, the re-built 4100's (infrequent) and 4000's (common) would be seen on trains. Two years later in Aug./90, I photo'd my last train on the Coronado. With over 90% of trains with GP38's, they all looked the same. The extra in this photo is just north of Edmonton at mile 6.7 at 11:30. It was nice having the rare visitor 4604 in the consist.

Photographer:
Seth B. [296] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/27/1988 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4290 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra 4290 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Edmonton (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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9 Comments
  1. Another crisp, clean model railroading image !

  2. Yup and when kids call long hood forward locomotives “southern style” I’ll just point them towards this.. or the rest of CN that had been doing this since the day diesels arrived…

    it’s not southern…! and it’s still happening today as many CN Locomotives are still set up for long hood forward operation.

  3. Including GP38′s, the units taken in for hump service, some of them were converted to long hood forward. They will be roaming around as 7500′s now.
    Thanks fellows. :-)

  4. And no matter which way the long and short hoods face, the stripes all line up in the same direction.

  5. The sign of purebred Zebra’s. lol.

  6. Hey Paul. Not all stripes line up in the same direction!!! There were a couple of units that were painted backwards, for example 4587. There may be others. Don

  7. Yes, I’ve been noticing there are quite a few units out there that didn’t get the reverse angle stripes on one side to allow for matching stripes regardless of unit orientation. Brundle’s photos almost always have the ‘purebred’ Zebra’s. :-)

  8. Three clean zebras.. this is one of the only times I got the same:

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=42257

  9. I don’t know, it’s lookin’ like I have 3 clean turkey’s up there. Gobble, gobble, gobble. So be it.

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