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Four hoppers and a caboose, the crew will enjoy an easy day on their drive to Fort McMurray. This photo is taken at the north end of the connecting track. In the background you can see the discontinued portion of the Lac La Biche Sub. It was some number of years before the rails were removed and CN would often store strings of excess cars on this track. The 9158, 9173 and 4307 are heading up this big train today, the time is 8:30 in the morning.
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Caption: Four hoppers and a caboose, the crew will enjoy an easy day on their drive to Fort McMurray. This photo is taken at the north end of the connecting track. In the background you can see the discontinued portion of the Lac La Biche Sub. It was some number of years before the rails were removed and CN would often store strings of excess cars on this track. The 9158, 9173 and 4307 are heading up this big train today, the time is 8:30 in the morning.

Photographer:
L. Priest [95] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/09/1985 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9158 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Connecting Track (search)
City/Town: Egremont (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Wow! Thanks Steve for your 2 comments. :-)
    I was going to say this when answering Arnolds comment. 30 years after taking these Zebra photos we are going “Oh Yeah, CN Zebras, Right on, Cool”. But wait 25 years again, the photos you fellows are taking of the Ontario F-units will probably be the last ever taken of F’s operating in revenue service. I’m betting those pictures will be savoured far more. They will be the last captured moments of an engine that ended the days of steam power. You are very right Steve, take advantage while it is happening.
    Looks like we have switched gears from SW1200′s to covered wagons. The fun never stops here. :-D

  2. Lance, Arnold, to show my gratitude, and believe me, I really appreciate your (combined) CN F unit shots (Arnold you really did have it good with the Nanticoke F’s!) – I’ll share one of mine shortly from my encounters with these beauties on OSR.

    Lance I hope you come out this way soon to see them – while pairings of two are rare now, your chances of seeing one on the road are close to 80-100% on mon/wed/fri and a 50/50 chance on a weekend.

    I’ll describe more in my photo.. coming right up

  3. He’s right Arnold. I have taken full advantage of it too…. I most definitely didn’t take it for granted!

    I still wish I could have seen a few of these in classic CN zebra though. Never say never though, maybe one day the IC E’s will be painted in this scheme above :)

  4. Awh…..poor lad…. but the CN’s are the classics.

  5. I may have to differ with you on this point a bit. I have seen some pretty nice present day photos on this website of F-units working the rails in Ontario. “Those Days” are still happening for you lucky guys. :-)

  6. What a sight. Those were the days!

  7. Thanks Marcus. :-)
    The shop guys put the units together so that the GP9 blends in well.

  8. Great consist!

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