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Trains 282 and 283 were the MOQ Ecorail intermodal trains in 1996. Similar to Roadrailer technology, but with the added feature of a control cab and distributed power modules instead of a conventional locomotive. That was the theory anyway. In practice, I never saw the power modules distributed within the train, instead they were always immediately behind the control cab. The train pictured is a typical late running 283, which had obviously had mechanical issues and was being rescued by a GP9. The trains' unreliability led within a short time to their replacement by Roadrailer trains 182 and 183, which themselves only lasted for about a year.
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Caption: Trains 282 and 283 were the MOQ Ecorail intermodal trains in 1996. Similar to Roadrailer technology, but with the added feature of a control cab and distributed power modules instead of a conventional locomotive. That was the theory anyway. In practice, I never saw the power modules distributed within the train, instead they were always immediately behind the control cab. The train pictured is a typical late running 283, which had obviously had mechanical issues and was being rescued by a GP9. The trains' unreliability led within a short time to their replacement by Roadrailer trains 182 and 183, which themselves only lasted for about a year.

Photographer:
John Reay [71] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/00/1996 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4018 (search)
Train Symbol: 283 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: MP 279 (search)
City/Town: Newcastle (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. It was a Toronto – Montreal train, and IIRC it ran into Malport as a terminus in Toronto.

  2. Strange operation, not surprised it didn’t last. What was the Origination/termination points of these trains? Montreal-Toronto?

  3. Beastly looking locomotive, that ecorail thing.

  4. The standard view of the front end of the Ecorail; pulled by a locomotive. Nice one, John.

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