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Only one of its kind in Canada, RaiLink painted B-unit switcher 1200 was having a rest while a pair of ex-CN SW1200RS were switching cars in Hamilton's Stuart Street yard. 
Originally built as IC 9203B in Feb 1940, it was the cabless B-unit half of an EMD "TR" switcher pair - often nicknamed "cow and calf". Both parts of the TR were based on the EMD NW2, and it originally had the NW2-style dip in the hood in front of the (absent) cab. IC renumbered it to IC 1026B in 1956. 
In 1998 this locomotive was 58 years old - sort of. I expect the frame and some other parts were that old. But IC had rebuilt it into an "SW13B" in 1972, with many parts replaced, the hood line flattened, and re-numbered to IC 1300B.  Later becoming ICG 1300B, it passed to the Paducah & Lousville as PAL 1300B. 
The unit was acquired freshly painted for RaiLink Hamilton in 1998, and as I recall was active for at least a couple of years. My 2005 Cdn Trackside Guide lists it in [brackets] indicating stored unservicable. Mark Macauley posted an image of it from October 8 2008 when scrapping was in progress  - http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=21772
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Caption: Only one of its kind in Canada, RaiLink painted B-unit switcher 1200 was having a rest while a pair of ex-CN SW1200RS were switching cars in Hamilton's Stuart Street yard.
Originally built as IC 9203B in Feb 1940, it was the cabless B-unit half of an EMD "TR" switcher pair - often nicknamed "cow and calf". Both parts of the TR were based on the EMD NW2, and it originally had the NW2-style dip in the hood in front of the (absent) cab. IC renumbered it to IC 1026B in 1956.

In 1998 this locomotive was 58 years old - sort of. I expect the frame and some other parts were that old. But IC had rebuilt it into an "SW13B" in 1972, with many parts replaced, the hood line flattened, and re-numbered to IC 1300B. Later becoming ICG 1300B, it passed to the Paducah & Lousville as PAL 1300B.

The unit was acquired freshly painted for RaiLink Hamilton in 1998, and as I recall was active for at least a couple of years. My 2005 Cdn Trackside Guide lists it in [brackets] indicating stored unservicable. Mark Macauley posted an image of it from October 8 2008 when scrapping was in progress - http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=21772

Photographer:
John Pittman [42] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/29/1998 (search)
Railway: Railink (search)
Reporting Marks: RLK 1200 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Hamilton Stuart Street Yard (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Very cool, I seem to recall someone mentioning that this unit was notorious for picking switches and derailing which was why it didn’t last all that long on the SOR.

  2. They had it tucked away in a cut of cars at the northeast part of the yard for a while, until pulling it out (probably to get it ready to be cut up).

  3. Nice work, a perfect roster of this rarely seen piece.

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