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Slow and steady as she goes: a northbound dimensional hydro move heads up CP's Goderich Sub, lead by GP35 5002, RS18 8788 and a van mixed into a cut of insulated boxcars. Employees and officials riding on top make sure loaded Ontario Hydro schnabel car HEPX 200 clears any obstacles, including the bridge at Old York Rd. that the load has just passed under.

HEPX 200, a 20-axle "schnabel car" built by NSC in 1973 for Ontario Hydro (formerly the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario, hence the reporting marks) is still in use today under Hydro One, and between moves usually calls their site at Pickering home.

You might not see this today, as in modern times there's probably a few health and safety rules being violated in this photo. Riding on top of a moving dimensional load without any fall protection being one, and the lack of PPE being another. But in the 70's...

Bill McArthur photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.
Copyright Notice: This image ©Bill McArthur photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. all rights reserved.



Caption: Slow and steady as she goes: a northbound dimensional hydro move heads up CP's Goderich Sub, lead by GP35 5002, RS18 8788 and a van mixed into a cut of insulated boxcars. Employees and officials riding on top make sure loaded Ontario Hydro schnabel car HEPX 200 clears any obstacles, including the bridge at Old York Rd. that the load has just passed under.

HEPX 200, a 20-axle "schnabel car" built by NSC in 1973 for Ontario Hydro (formerly the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario, hence the reporting marks) is still in use today under Hydro One, and between moves usually calls their site at Pickering home.

You might not see this today, as in modern times there's probably a few health and safety rules being violated in this photo. Riding on top of a moving dimensional load without any fall protection being one, and the lack of PPE being another. But in the 70's...

Bill McArthur photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Photographer:
Bill McArthur photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [787] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/22/1978 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: HEPX 200, CP 5002, 8788 (search)
Train Symbol: CP Hydro move (search)
Subdivision/SNS: (near) Waterdown - CP Goderich Sub (search)
City/Town: Waterdown (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Love the outfit on the employee in front. I agree wow..standing on top of a moving train. Things are sure different now! Nice one.

  2. The employee in the foreground looks like he’s texting. I know he isn’t…

    All but one of those boxcars would have had a notice stencilled near the ladder… “Keep Off Roof No Running Board”. So much for that.

  3. The crew on this would have been from London as they had exclusive rights west of Cooksville on the Galt Sub & on the (then) Goderich Sub.That changed in the 1990s when Toronto crews were permitted to take trains between Hamilton & Toronto via Guelph Jct, when running over the CN/GO lines was discontinued by CP. The reason that the train is marshaled as you see here, is that those loads were very heavy & had to be separated from power by a few, usually 5 cars.

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