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When CSX rationalized its operations in Ontario in the late 1980s, it moved trains west of St. Thomas to the CN-CP owned CASO sub (January 1987) and shut down the Talbot yard and engine servicing in St. Thomas. Traffic was down to one train per day each way circa 1985 and 3 days/week east of St. Thomas (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) circa 1990. You will note in this photo only shows engines 8356 (a former Clinchfield/Seaboard System SD40) and 7069 (a former L&N/Seaboard System C30-7) and a caboose; the Buffalo cars have been left at Fargo (along with cars set off for CSX points on the Sarnia sub) because CN would only allow CSX to use side tracks in St. Thomas in case of emergency.
In 1993, CSX re-configured its operations to run trains 323/322 Sarnia-Detroit via Fargo and 320/321 Chatham- Buffalo. According to Mr. Mercer, it was a 12-14 hour trip to Buffalo. This eliminated the lift/setoff at Fargo and the CSX local dragging cars from Fargo back to Chatham.
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Caption: When CSX rationalized its operations in Ontario in the late 1980s, it moved trains west of St. Thomas to the CN-CP owned CASO sub (January 1987) and shut down the Talbot yard and engine servicing in St. Thomas. Traffic was down to one train per day each way circa 1985 and 3 days/week east of St. Thomas (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) circa 1990. You will note in this photo only shows engines 8356 (a former Clinchfield/Seaboard System SD40) and 7069 (a former L&N/Seaboard System C30-7) and a caboose; the Buffalo cars have been left at Fargo (along with cars set off for CSX points on the Sarnia sub) because CN would only allow CSX to use side tracks in St. Thomas in case of emergency. In 1993, CSX re-configured its operations to run trains 323/322 Sarnia-Detroit via Fargo and 320/321 Chatham- Buffalo. According to Mr. Mercer, it was a 12-14 hour trip to Buffalo. This eliminated the lift/setoff at Fargo and the CSX local dragging cars from Fargo back to Chatham.

Photographer:
John Eull [397] (more) (contact)
Date: 4/4/1992 (search)
Railway: CSX Transportation (search)
Reporting Marks: CSXT 8536 (search)
Train Symbol: 320 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: St. Thomas South (search)
City/Town: St. Thomas (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Recrew at st thomas? Still wondering why the set off at fargo of buffalo traffic unless this train had no crew to finish the journey.

  2. Incredible… what awesome times they were !

  3. Such great motive-power and an informative caption.

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