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SW1200rs CN 1211 is pulling cylindrical hoppers across (looks like) Rectory Street crossing in London ON.
Built 1956 by GMD London, it was getting close to retirement, off the roster by 1994 or earlier.
Powered by a 567C V-12 diesel, the exhaust from the front cylinders is smokier than the rear.
My recollection is that the lower-numbered SW1200RS units were not only older, but equipped with an incompatible airbrake system, hence earlier retirement. 
According to CNCyclopedia, CN 1211's cab was used to repair fire damaged CN 1362.
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Caption: SW1200rs CN 1211 is pulling cylindrical hoppers across (looks like) Rectory Street crossing in London ON.
Built 1956 by GMD London, it was getting close to retirement, off the roster by 1994 or earlier.
Powered by a 567C V-12 diesel, the exhaust from the front cylinders is smokier than the rear.

My recollection is that the lower-numbered SW1200RS units were not only older, but equipped with an incompatible airbrake system, hence earlier retirement.
According to CNCyclopedia, CN 1211's cab was used to repair fire damaged CN 1362.

Photographer:
John Parnell photo, J.Pittman collection [8] (more) (contact)
Date: 1991-12-04 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1211 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Rectory Street grade crossing (search)
City/Town: London (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Thanks Bruce for the additional info on 1211. That’s interesting that it lived on.

  2. The 1211 ended up resold by new owners of that S.C. property, the current Motive Power & Equipment Solutions. It became #KO 1008 either in Dominican Republic, or Venezuela.

  3. A great early winter photo!

    After looking into a little further after seeing the photo, records show that 1211 was retired by CN on July 1, 1993. Sometime later, it was eventually sold by CN to World Wide Auctioneers along with several other retired CN SW1200RS’s. The last photo found was of a very rusting 1211 sitting alone by what looked like a locomotive shop in Greenville, SC in January 1997 still in its same CN colors as in the photo above, although much more faded.

  4. Thanks for the update my friend. I still have the specs for all CN’s . Will mcheck my records too.

  5. 1204-1337 and the older SW’s all had the older 6SL brake system, according to CN’s own datasheets. 1338+ and any rebuilt units had the newer 26L setup. CP also had a group of their8100-series SW1200RS that had the older 6SL system (upgraded when rebuilt as 1200′s).

  6. I operated all versions plus the 7000 class SW9′s. 24RL and 24L could be used together. 26L are what are on most units now.

  7. My understanding was that the earlier units had a less advanced air brake system. But its something I read more than a decade ago. Air brake system codes could be 24RL versus 26L.

  8. Hi John, as far as i can recall all the (1200 series)SW1200rs’s were air brake compatible. The only ones that has a different brake was the 7024-7035 series. These units also do not sport the flexicoil trucks like those under the 1200-1300 class units.

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