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Three geeps, three paint schemes with a nice (I use this term sarcastically) sky blue US Steel Hamilton works. These were dark days for the former Stelco, but the train action was still good as the recession was just a couple months from hitting peak and output had not yet been fully slashed. The blast furnace was turned on again in August, it was shut down again in October 2010, only to be idled for 3 years then permanently shut down. I was on my way to my Brothers with my daughter and wife and this was just one of my random run-ins en-route to a family visit.. just a couple photos and I did not give chase, wish I did but these were different times for me. Young kids will do that to you, with a second on the way at this point so my goose was cooked :) Happy to have what I have!
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Caption: Framed in the usual industrial pipelines and fencing, Three geeps, three paint schemes with a nice (I use this term sarcastically) sky blue US Steel Hamilton works. The geeps are now off the roster. (Where now?). These were dark days for the former Stelco, but the train action was still good as the recession was just a couple months from hitting peak and output had not yet been fully slashed. The blast furnace was turned on again in August, it was shut down again in October 2010, only to be idled for 3 years then permanently shut down. I was on my way to my Brothers with my daughter and wife and this was just one of my random run-ins en-route to a family visit.. just a couple photos and I did not give chase, wish I did but these were different times for me. Young kids will do that to you, with a second on the way at this point so my goose was cooked :) Happy to have what I have!

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [978] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/8/2009 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 1614, 1516, 1559 (search)
Train Symbol: TH31 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. LOL Larry!

  2. Any idea why CP went with the EMD cab (much like Grand Trunk) and CN with an ALco-like cab in the rebuilding process? I said funny about the GP9RM..I meant great!! But I believe CN rebuilt there’s again and again compared to CP’s..so a little more life left in them in comparison?

  3. Shouldn’t this be more grainy, being shot at ISO 14000. :-)

  4. That’s why I shoot ‘em all when I can. They are surely missed on CP – the eco’s are not the same.

    Thanks for the info Jason!

  5. CP GP9u 1614 was retired on March 28, 2012 and CP GP9u 1516 was retired on February 13, 2014. Both were sent to SRY in New Westminster, British Columbia for parts salvage and eventual scrapping.
    CP declared GP9u 1559 surplus on May 20, 2015 and was put up for sale. It was eventually sold to J&L Consulting in January 2017 and became JLCX 1559.
    Info courtesy- http://www.mountainrailway.com.

  6. Funny how CN hangs on to their GP9RM’s!

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