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In Alberta’s foothills of the Rocky Mountains, natural gas extraction and related sulphur production became a significant industry.  One plant served by CN via the Brazeau sub. from near Red Deer and then the Ram River sub. had an ALCo (78939 of 1951-08) RS-3 ex Reading 524 as the plant switcher, shown here on Friday 1978-09-15 on its shoptrack conveniently near the sulphur loadout.
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Caption: In Alberta’s foothills of the Rocky Mountains, natural gas extraction and related sulphur production became a significant industry. One plant served by CN via the Brazeau sub. from near Red Deer and then the Ram River sub. had an ALCo (78939 of 1951-08) RS-3 ex Reading 524 as the plant switcher, shown here on Friday 1978-09-15 on its shoptrack conveniently near the sulphur loadout.

Photographer:
Ken Perry [154] (more) (contact)
Date: 1978-09-15 (search)
Railway: Industrial (search)
Reporting Marks: AP 524 (search)
Train Symbol: Shoptrack (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Ram River sub. (25.0) (search)
City/Town: Ram River (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Neat shot, Ken. A few years later Acquitaine had two ALCO C415s on the property: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=44036

  2. very cool

  3. One of a bunch of ex-Reading RS3′s acquired and resold by dealer United Railway Supply out of Cartierville QC. Crown Zellerbach 4097 (ex-D&H) also came to Canada via URS.

  4. DL in Scranton, PA uses a few of these on the regular. One of the few that still does, looks like LAL got rid of what remained of theirs unfortunately.

  5. Stephen: DL has at least three ex-D&H RS3 units (one came from YDHR). There was a historical society in the US that repatriated one of the former URS ex-Reading units (485?) from a paper mill in northern Ontario for preservation.

    I recall CZ 4097 went to WCRA in Squamish, but was later scrapped as they already had the PGE 561 as a true Canadian unit in the collection.

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