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With crew riding the front porch, steps and footboards, CP SW1200RS 8108 crosses the Speed River in Guelph back on June 1st 1984, on the Guelph Junction Railway (The City of Guelph owns the line from Guelph Junction to Guelph). The CPR stopped serving the line in 1997, and Ontario Southland took over operations with their fleet of secondhand MLW's.
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Caption: With crew riding the front porch, steps and footboards, CP SW1200RS 8108 crosses the Speed River in Guelph back on June 1st 1984, on the Guelph Junction Railway (The City of Guelph owns the line from Guelph Junction to Guelph). The CPR stopped serving the line in 1997, and Ontario Southland took over operations with their fleet of secondhand MLW's.

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Bill Thomson [409] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/01/1984 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8108 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Guelph - Guelph Junction Railway (search)
City/Town: Guelph (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Well that was an era – pre HH mind you – that they used to do deemed unsafe practices like ‘kick’ cars. So maybe they were breaking the *rules*?

  2. That engine is backing up. Nobody would be riding that way if it was running forward. Four man crew is correct. Conductor and two brakemen/trainmen plus engineer.

  3. Bill’s just submitted a date revision – it should be June 1st 1984, rather than 1995. :)

  4. I’m going along with Brad on this. Not only does the CTG state 8108 became 1276 in 3/1985; the date 1995 would suggest there sure were a lot of people driving around in old crates.:o)

  5. Is this 1995? By the looks of the cars..it looks more like 85. Great shot, brother used to live up the tracks on Cardigan. At the time I wondered who serviced the track.

  6. This is a very nice late afternoon shot – Trees have grown in on either side of the bridge making it much harder to find an angle especially one not so wide. Thank you for sharing.

  7. The front end must be pretty heavy, that’s a lot of seniority riding on the footboard and in the stepwell. The other amazing item is it looks like a 4 man crew. Pretty rare in 1995 I would think. Although, the guy on the footboard has no radio, so maybe he’s just catching a ride. Scenes like this really make me miss my time at CN.

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