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Looking back today, exciting was a word one could use for a certain era of GO Transit - but at the time it was probably all ho-hum to the regulars trackside. Such is life I suppose.

GO APCU 905 trails a westbound train of 10 bilevels with a GP40 sandwiching each end, rolling through Burlington Station on August 21st 1986. GO's small fleet of APCU (Auxiliary Power Control Units) were rebuilt from old Ontario Northland and Milwaukee Road FP7's that got a second reprieve at life. They were needed to both act as cab control cars for the expanding fleet, and to provide Head End Power electricity to the coaches that GO's roster of GP40-2W and GP40-2 rebuilds couldn't provide. Upon the scads of new F59PH's arriving on the scene in the late 80's/early 90's, GO's rag-tag fleet of GP40's, F40's and F-unit rebuilds would be retired. While the 40's would go on in freight and passenger service with other roads, only two of the APCU/APU F-units survived, and the rest were stripped and cut up for scrap at Willowbrook in 1995.

Reg Button photo, Kodachrome from the Dan Dell'Unto collection.
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Caption: Looking back today, exciting was a word one could use for a certain era of GO Transit - but at the time it was probably all ho-hum to the regulars trackside. Such is life I suppose.

GO APCU 905 trails a westbound train of 10 bilevels with a GP40 sandwiching each end, rolling through Burlington Station on August 21st 1986. GO's small fleet of APCU (Auxiliary Power Control Units) were rebuilt from old Ontario Northland and Milwaukee Road FP7's that got a second reprieve at life. They were needed to both act as cab control cars for the expanding fleet, and to provide Head End Power electricity to the coaches that GO's roster of GP40-2W and GP40-2 rebuilds couldn't provide. Upon the scads of new F59PH's arriving on the scene in the late 80's/early 90's, GO's rag-tag fleet of GP40's, F40's and F-unit rebuilds would be retired. While the 40's would go on in freight and passenger service with other roads, only two of the APCU/APU F-units survived, and the rest were stripped and cut up for scrap at Willowbrook in 1995.

Reg Button photo, Kodachrome from the Dan Dell'Unto collection.

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Reg Button photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection [353] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/21/1986 (search)
Railway: GO Transit (search)
Reporting Marks: GO 905 (search)
Train Symbol: GO wbnd (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Burlington Station - CN Oakville Sub (search)
City/Town: Burlington (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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