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Green and gold was my favourite paint scheme for CN.  Three out of four of the SW1200RS units here are painted that way.  It is interesting to think that there is 4800 combined horsepower on the head end and today, a single AC4400 comes close to replacing these four locomotives.
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Caption: Green and gold was my favourite paint scheme for CN. Three out of four of the SW1200RS units here are painted that way. It is interesting to think that there is 4800 combined horsepower on the head end and today, a single AC4400 comes close to replacing these four locomotives.

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Dave Burroughs [127] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/1967 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1397 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: bayview Jct / Oakville Sub (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. True enough and quite a contrast. 12 cylinders for 4400hp vs 48 cylinders for 4800hp. There has to be a fuel and maintenance saving in there somewhere. :-)

  2. Well with 4 of these you get better utilization at the other end, enough to run 2 or 4 jobs when you split them up.
    Dave – this is either 463 or 795 (looks like late afternoon/early evening sun)

  3. These li’l guys were awesome for switching but not so great for heavy trains going uphill as they had a tendency to overheat and shut down. Still i remember having 4 or 5 of these units running up from Oshawa to Mac Yrd on 495 or 403 Oshawa to Aldershot and back. Spark arrestors? Forget it. LOL these guys put on quite the light show when under load and man it was awesome to see the arrestors glow a red colour. One actually caught on fire on arrival at Mac Yrd. Great memories. Great photo!!

  4. CN 1397 was the last built of CN’s SW1200RS series that began with CN 1204. It was in CN class GR-12y, units CN 1358-1397 built in 1960, frame#s A1843-A1882. Info source Cdn Trackside Guide 1988. My understanding is that Black/Red CN noodle scheme was adopted in 1961, so must have been among the last units delivered in olive green.

  5. Is that a winterization hatch on the top front of the hood? Factory or home made?

  6. Presume these were CN additions. I have pictures of 1243, 1233 and 1229 posted on this site which also have these same hatches. The rest of them seem to have the vents that seem to blow open as on the third unit in this consist.

  7. Of interest, I have never seen a prototype photo of the style of winterization hatch that was included in the Juneco SW1200RS conversion kit.

  8. Well, there you go Stuart, you now have a picture to prove that the hatches were prototypical and you can number your model accordingly.

  9. Meant to mention, the Juneco kit detail was a very different shape compared to the prototype.

  10. The angled style like in the Juneco kit appears to have only been used on 4 units in the GR-12L class: 1290, 1292-94. Pictures of those units on cnrphotos.com show that style of winterization hatch.

  11. The nickname was Pisscutters.When you could call the tower at Hamilton yard to check on power. The comment was; Just a couple of Pisscutters.

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