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Inspired from an earlier post, I decided to dig through my collection to find this old 200 ton Crane (CP 414479) and Idler (CP 412730). At the time it had been sitting in Thunder Bay for sometime in the "mini-rips" (C-yard) where light repairs were done on cars before CP closed it and moved the operation to their main Thunder Bay shops in 2008. Up for sale by CP, little did I know at the time a local scrap yard had purchased it. Within a couple weeks of taking this photo a yard crew grabbed the old hook and took it to the winning bidder, Lakehead Scrap. 

On a sidenote, the tracks in the "mini-rips" in C-Yard appear they will be sent to scrap yard. Although for the past few years its been used only to store OCS equipment and bad order coal cars in October 2012 the junction switch which led to the small stub yard were locked and OOS (Out of Service).
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Caption: Inspired from an earlier post, I decided to dig through my collection to find this old 200 ton Crane (CP 414479) and Idler (CP 412730). At the time it had been sitting in Thunder Bay for sometime in the "mini-rips" (C-yard) where light repairs were done on cars before CP closed it and moved the operation to their main Thunder Bay shops in 2008. Up for sale by CP, little did I know at the time a local scrap yard had purchased it. Within a couple weeks of taking this photo a yard crew grabbed the old hook and took it to the winning bidder, Lakehead Scrap. On a sidenote, the tracks in the "mini-rips" in C-Yard appear they will be sent to scrap yard. Although for the past few years its been used only to store OCS equipment and bad order coal cars in October 2012 the junction switch which led to the small stub yard were locked and OOS (Out of Service).

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David Young [190] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/06/2011 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 414479 (search)
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City/Town: Thunder Bay (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. No unfortunately I didn’t have a camera to take a picture of this beast being dismantled. :(

  2. David, that’s a great shot of this dinosaur waiting to make the journey to its final resting place. Do you have a photo of it at the scrappers?
    This American 250 ton capacity wrecker was s/n L-3658, built new in 1966 and shipped to CP in November of that year. Interestingly, it was delivered with a 200 ton main hook block.
    When built, it had a Caterpillar D-343A diesel engine rated at 289 hp @ 2000 rpm. Mechanical traction gave it a 3.5 mph self-propelled travel speed.
    As each year passes, the list of in-service wrecking cranes becomes shorter. Before long they will be extinct and only available for viewing in museums. History repeats itself!

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