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ONT FP7 1501, along with Electric Generator Unit (EGU) 204 (ex. MILW F7B 89B) leads four ex. GO Transit single-level commuter cars away from the station in South River, ON.
 
1501 was rebuilt as a FP7m around 1980, renumbered 1986 and was one of four FP7ms married to the Trans-Europe Express (TEE) train sets when it was found the original Werkspoor locomotives worked poor in the winter… sorry.  After the TEE train sets themselves were retired, 1986 was converted back to a conventional FP7 and renumbered back to the original number, 1501 in 1992.

When photographed in 1995, ONT 1501 would have another year or so to live before finally being displaced by rebuilt FP7us in 1996.  The northbound Northlander on this day was led by ONT FP7u 2000, and the rebuilding of ONT 1509 to 2001 and ONT 1521 to 2002 was most likely in progress.  It’s too bad the FP7u rebuilds were not successful considering the number of FP7 carcasses that were available in the yard in North Bay at the time that could have also been rebuilt.

ONT 1501 was put on display in North Bay, ON after retirement.  It was heavily vandalised and ultimately scrapped in 2008.  Ironically it was displaced a second time by a FP7u because 2002 is now displayed in North Bay.
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Caption: ONT FP7 1501, along with Electric Generator Unit (EGU) 204 (ex. MILW F7B 89B) leads four ex. GO Transit single-level commuter cars away from the station in South River, ON. 1501 was rebuilt as a FP7m around 1980, renumbered 1986 and was one of four FP7ms married to the Trans-Europe Express (TEE) train sets when it was found the original Werkspoor locomotives worked poor in the winter… sorry. After the TEE train sets themselves were retired, 1986 was converted back to a conventional FP7 and renumbered back to the original number, 1501 in 1992. When photographed in 1995, ONT 1501 would have another year or so to live before finally being displaced by rebuilt FP7us in 1996. The northbound Northlander on this day was led by ONT FP7u 2000, and the rebuilding of ONT 1509 to 2001 and ONT 1521 to 2002 was most likely in progress. It’s too bad the FP7u rebuilds were not successful considering the number of FP7 carcasses that were available in the yard in North Bay at the time that could have also been rebuilt. ONT 1501 was put on display in North Bay, ON after retirement. It was heavily vandalised and ultimately scrapped in 2008. Ironically it was displaced a second time by a FP7u because 2002 is now displayed in North Bay.

Photographer:
Rob Smith [216] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/01/1995 (search)
Railway: Ontario Northland (search)
Reporting Marks: ONT 1501 (search)
Train Symbol: ONT 122 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: South River (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. This is great Sir. An excellent capture.

    I had the pleasure to see these in action a couple times – nothing better than hearing the throb of a non-turbo 567 and a B unit echoing off the buildings in Downtown Toronto in the early 2000′s – they were the only passenger trains at the time with that sound.

    Only wish I captured them on camera. Sigh!

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