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This is the first deadline I've ever seen idling! While all 3 units pictured show retired in the CN system, they've all been sitting here idling with batteries charged for a month and counting!  Taken by an off duty CN employee wearing all required PPE.
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Caption: This is the first deadline I've ever seen idling! While all 3 units pictured show retired in the CN system, they've all been sitting here idling with batteries charged for a month and counting!
Taken by an off duty CN employee wearing all required PPE.

Photographer:
MuskokaMoFo [376] (more) (contact)
Date: 3/16/2021 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1444 CN 1437 BCOL 4607 (search)
Train Symbol: Unassigned (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Mac Yard (search)
City/Town: Vaughan (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. Idling for a month plus, boy, are they going to smoke when first throttled up. :-)

  2. If the units were idling then they are definitely not in the dead line. Dead line units are just that. Dead and drained :-) I will be sad to see these old guys retired, but will have many great memories of operating most of them :-)

  3. Not a railroader so a question: how long can a loco idle on a full tank give/take?

  4. since when was 4607 retired?

  5. @Stephen. It would all depend on the size of the fuel tank and a few other conditions, but on average a locomotive burns 3.5 gallons of fuel per hour. So if you multiply that times the capacity you get your answer. Most railroads have 2000-4500 gallon tanks so I think that would be a very long time before running out of fuel. Some of CN’s lower hp (GP9/38′s units have a high idle feature for colder weather. Of course if you multiplied that 3.5 gallons per hour across the whole fleet, thats a lot of wasted fuel. Hence the introduction of “Smart Start” which shuts the unit down until the water temperature drops below a certain level, then it self starts to bring the temperature up again. :-)

  6. @CP5756… March 9, 2021.

  7. Thanks eh. Tim any ability to put a list of what was retired so far and when in 2021? Curious if it is a slow trickle of retirements or a bunch at a time?

  8. This 4607 was all good and well on train M377 up until around Cobourg where it called it a day. It was retired upon arrival at the Mac Yard diesel shop. Crazy. I’ll see if I can compile a list when time allows.

  9. ahah wow. Thanks for the info and for doing the research Tim. It is very appreciated

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