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CN's debuted its heritage locomotive fleet in Montreal in a press release dated Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Initially, CN introduced six units: BCR 3315, EJ&E 3023, IC 3008, CN 8898, GTW 8952, and WC 3069. Reports indicate that there are twelve more on the way. The specially painted locomotives celebrate the 25th anniversary of CN's $2.25 billion IPO on November 17, 1995. 

Following initial runs from Montreal to Toronto on Vancouver bound Train 105 on November 14, and Train 376 from Toronto to Rivieres des Prairies (Montreal) on November 15, CN assigned 3115 to lead Train 120 to Halifax on November 16. The train attracted legions of photographers in Quebec and the Maritimes. It arrived in Halifax at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, twenty-five years to the day of the IPO.  

My photograph pictures the train yarding its train at Rockingham and passing Fairview Jct., Mileage 5.1 of the Bedford Subdivision. In the background at the Fairview Container Terminal is Atlantic Container Line's Atlantic Sea. It had arrived that day from Liverpool after a nine-day crossing. A Chinese yard built the 100,000 gross ton vessel, one of five similar ones in the ACL fleet, in 2016. Similarly, GE assembled the GT44AC for CN in 2016. The white-roofed cab is immediately noticeable and is a departure from the original red-roofed units painted by the British Columbia Railway.  

This turned out to be the last run of train Q120 as CN initiated a Z series of priority trains permitted a 15-mph speed increase to 65 mph. So Q120 will become Z120.
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Caption: CN's debuted its heritage locomotive fleet in Montreal in a press release dated Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Initially, CN introduced six units: BCR 3315, EJ&E 3023, IC 3008, CN 8898, GTW 8952, and WC 3069. The specially painted locomotives celebrate the 25th anniversary of CN's $2.25 billion IPO on November 17, 1995.

Following initial runs from Montreal to Toronto on Vancouver bound Train 105 on November 14, and Train X376 from Toronto to Montreal on November 15, CN assigned 3115 to lead Train 120 to Halifax on November 16. The train attracted legions of photographers in Quebec and the Maritimes. It arrived in Halifax at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, twenty-five years to the day of the IPO.

My photograph pictures the train yarding its train at Rockingham and passing Fairview Jct., Mileage 5.1 of the Bedford Subdivision. In the background at the Fairview Container Terminal is Atlantic Container Line's Atlantic Sea. It had arrived that day from Liverpool after a nine-day crossing. A Chinese yard built the 100,000 gross ton vessel, one of five similar ones in the ACL fleet, in 2016. Similarly, GE assembled the GT44AC for CN in 2016. The white-roofed cab is immediately noticeable and is a departure from the original red-roofed units painted by the British Columbia Railway.

This turned out to be the last run of train Q120 as CN initiated a Z series of priority trains permitted a 15-mph speed increase to 65 mph. So Q120 will become Z120.

Photographer:
Bill Linley [55] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/17/2020 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: BCR 3115 (search)
Train Symbol: Q120 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Fairview Jct. Mileage 5.1 Bedford Sub (search)
City/Town: Halifax (search)
Province: Nova Scotia (search)
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4 Comments
  1. This is great Bill!

  2. Very nice shot! This unit certainly stand out against the cloudy skies and water.
    FYI 120/121 were always exempt from the 50mph according to CN’s DOB/TGBO’s

  3. Interesting to hear about the exemption from the 50 mph limit. Thanks!

  4. When I read your post I remember that CN slapped 50mph speed restrictions of all trains on most subdivisions with a few exceptions.
    I am at work and receive the DOB’s every day. I looked at todays DOB and checked back a on previous ones and saw the exemption fro 120/121.

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