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The Canadian National's London Reclamation Yard at London East was the end of the line for a lot of railway equipment for decades, including both steam locomotives and the diesels that replaced them. First generation oddball diesels were typically the first ones retired or traded in by the railways for newer, more modern power. CN's Fairbanks Morse / Canadian Locomotive Company opposed-piston engine fleet built in the 1950's faced an early retirement in the mid-late 60's, and in May 1968 almost a dozen units at the end of their lives are visible in various stages of scrapping.  Three CLC "Consolidated Line" cab units (C-liners) are visible in the foreground, with CFA16-4 9328 at the head of two other 93xx sisters already missing many components. Visible in the background are a good half-dozen H16-44 roadswitchers, some in the new 1961 "noodle" scheme, but all retired and awaiting the torch.
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Caption: The Canadian National's London Reclamation Yard at London East was the end of the line for a lot of railway equipment for decades, including both steam locomotives and the diesels that replaced them. First generation oddball diesels were typically the first ones retired or traded in by the railways for newer, more modern power. CN's Fairbanks Morse / Canadian Locomotive Company opposed-piston engine fleet built in the 1950's faced an early retirement in the mid-late 60's, and in May 1968 almost a dozen units at the end of their lives are visible in various stages of scrapping.

Three CLC "Consolidated Line" cab units (C-liners) are visible in the foreground, with CFA16-4 9328 at the head of two other 93xx sisters already missing many components. Visible in the background are a good half-dozen H16-44 roadswitchers, some in the new 1961 "noodle" scheme, but all retired and awaiting the torch.

Photographer:
Bill Thomson [715] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/00/1968 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9328 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CN London Reclamation Yard - London East (search)
City/Town: London (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. I was apprentice at PSC shops In Montréal in 1968 when they brought them in turn in the shop to be stripped of their engines,generators and traction motors.

  2. I can imagine all the builder plates that came out of there… if they werent taken prior to that!! Sad site…..

  3. DO any of these large railroad scrap yards remain in the London area today?

  4. @PRR5406.. No this is all history, nothing left!

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