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While on an Atlantic Region road trip in August of 1979 to test a new tie inserter for CN in Halifax, NS, I stopped in for a visit at CN Gordon Yard in Moncton, NB and came across several pieces of idle OCS equipment. Double ended snow plow CN 55696 was sitting in a line with other units (CN Blue Fleet Transportation Dept. accommodation unit to the left, and a scale test car to the right). Information in two recently posted photos of these rare bi-directional plows indicates there were only four of the specialty units constructed by CN at Transcona shops in Winnipeg, MB in 1939. When new, this unit, like other snow plows and flangers was painted box car red, but now sits covered in the once very popular for CN Work Equipment, CN No. 12 orange (CN Spec. 470-9N). Over the years, and before CN began accepting new Work Equipment in industry standard MoW yellow paint, a few locomotive cranes received this paint treatment as well. I do not recall any Jordan spreaders being painted No. 12 orange.
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Caption: While on an Atlantic Region road trip in August of 1979 to test a new tie inserter for CN in Halifax, NS, I stopped in for a visit at CN Gordon Yard in Moncton, NB and came across several pieces of idle OCS equipment. Double ended snow plow CN 55696 was sitting in a line with other units (CN Blue Fleet Transportation Dept. accommodation unit to the left, and a scale test car to the right). Information in two recently posted photos of these rare bi-directional plows indicates there were only four of the specialty units constructed by CN at Transcona shops in Winnipeg, MB in 1939. When new, this unit, like other snow plows and flangers was painted box car red, but now sits covered in the once very popular for CN Work Equipment, CN No. 12 orange (CN Spec. 470-9N). Over the years, and before CN began accepting new Work Equipment in industry standard MoW yellow paint, a few locomotive cranes received this paint treatment as well. I do not recall any Jordan spreaders being painted No. 12 orange.

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Paul O'Shell [407] (more) (contact)
Date: August 9, 1979 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 55696 (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Gordon Yard (search)
City/Town: Moncton (search)
Province: New Brunswick (search)
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  1. Here’s another shot of 55696 taken by Ivan Safyan Abrams. https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainplanepro/11153131406/

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