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It is 18:30 on a nice afternoon and the 1073, 1057 and 1052 are heading up a grain extra. I'm just a short ways south of the milepost 34 sign. Can you ever tell that the CN is short on Government grain hoppers. There are at least 50 to 60 box cars in the photo and they are still coming around the curve in the distance. The units will go another 20 or so cars past me before the caboose shows up. Every elevator in our area was filled up with grain boxes for the next few weeks. It really seemed like old time railroading. There had been lots of first generation power over the last few years, now there was matching freight cars. Box cars make their own music (rattling), especially on jointed rail. Something that roller bearing, aluminum hoppers lacked. I'm sure the crew was busy peddling late into the evening, hopefully they didn't have to many loads to lift.
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Caption: It is 18:30 on a nice afternoon and the 1073, 1057 and 1052 are heading up a grain extra. I'm just a short ways south of the milepost 34 sign. Can you ever tell that the CN is short on Government grain hoppers. There are at least 50 to 60 box cars in the photo and they are still coming around the curve in the distance. The units will go another 20 or so cars past me before the caboose shows up. Every elevator in our area was filled up with grain boxes for the next few weeks. It really seemed like old time railroading. There had been lots of first generation power over the last few years, now there was matching freight cars. Box cars make their own music (rattling), especially on jointed rail. Something that roller bearing, aluminum hoppers lacked. I'm sure the crew was busy peddling late into the evening, hopefully they didn't have to many loads to lift.

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L. Priest [102] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/03/1987 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1073 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Redwater (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Thanks Mike and First954. I totally agree with your GMD-1 comments. Sadly, after reading some of the other fellows photo captions, it looks like their usefulness on CN is coming to an end. I hope the ones sent to Cuba enjoy several more years in that warm climate.

  2. What a great photo!!! Three 10 hundreds, doing just what they were designed for, hauling 40′ box cars for grain loading.

  3. If that shot doesn’t typify the GMD-1 in it’s intended roll, I don’t know what does.

  4. Yeah, but we all know in our minds just what a fantastic day that would have been. Perfect sun and long sightlines for overwhelming anticipation, lol. Thanks for the retro invite, anyway. :o )

  5. Thanks for the great comments guys. :)
    I truly wish many of you could have been there to take pictures and hear the GMD-1′s working to get the empties up the hill. It was a unique moment, never saw another train like it.

  6. Wow!

  7. I imagine myself being on hand to watch that roll by. Utopia !!! Great shot.

  8. Classic image !!!

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