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It was thirty-nine years ago this morning as I post this; Feb 26/78, also a Sunday; and at 10:50 on a not-all-that-bad morning, roughly 40F (3C?) the Rapido #62 is seen pulling out of the sheds at Union Station making its start to Montreal. It is transition time in the early years of VIA, thus we have a "CN" on the nose and a "VIA" on the sides of the lead 6762. Behind, still in traditional CN, are B unit 6862 and RS-18 #3113. The 11 cars in tow are of various paints, as the move to standardize the VIA yellow and gold was just under way. Note the old O'Keefe Centre on the right. No chance of shooting from this angle any more........
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Caption: It was thirty-nine years ago this morning as I post this; Feb 26/78, also a Sunday; and at 10:50 on a not-all-that-bad morning, roughly 40F (3C?) the Rapido #62 is seen pulling out of the sheds at Union Station making its start to Montreal. It is transition time in the early years of VIA, thus we have a "CN" on the nose and a "VIA" on the sides of the lead 6762. Behind, still in traditional CN, are B unit 6862 and RS-18 #3113. The 11 cars in tow are of various paints, as the move to standardize the VIA yellow and gold was just under way. Note the old O'Keefe Centre on the right. No chance of shooting from this angle any more........

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [906] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/26/1978 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA/CN 6762 (search)
Train Symbol: #62 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Toronto yard (search)
City/Town: Toronto (Union) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. LOL@snake….yep very ancient 57 now.

  2. Great shot. I loved the big red noodle used in the early Via years.

  3. Man…you must be ancient then… Phil..

  4. Great classic image!!

  5. A classic!! Love this. Luckily the same power and consists were still around 3 years later when I hired on at CN.

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