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BC Rail BCOL
(June 19, 1984)

British Columbia Railway BCOL
(
April 1, 1972)

Pacific Great Eastern PGE

BC Rail sold to CN July 15, 2004
except for long term lease of roadbed.

MLW 676 nee Alco 640-3 leased. DL640 RS-27 2000 hp Alco 83557 12/1959. Sold 3/1975 DEVCO.

719-757-806-728-RCL688 head north near Clinton August 23, 1985


556 one of six (552-557) 70-tonners that started off dieselization of the PGE.
GE 30440 2/1950

565 RSC-3 1600 hp A-1-A - A-1-A MLW 76108 6/29/1951

561-568 built with A-1-A trucks (3 axle 2 t.m.)
due to very light rail. Only ones in Canada.
Converted 1956 to B-B trucks.

RS-3 561 Retired 12/1985. North Vancouver August 12,1975 T.C.Caughman/Sid Vaught Collection

Preserved WCRA Squamish as PGE 561 RSC-3 with A-1-A trucks.

RS-3's 575 looking a little rough! and 564 August 13, 1975 Sid Vaught

RS-10s 579 first unit of a single 8 unit order 579-586. still lettered for PGE
August 13, 1975 North Vancouver Sid Vaught

579 chop nosed for yard service.

580 with chop nose for yard service but still long hood forward.


MLW RS-18 1800 HP 65 MPH

All built with low nose except 601-604 long hood forward.

587-599 renumbered 9/1964 to 601-613

601 with slug S-401

603 with chopped nose. Two unit order 603_604 MLW 82510 5/1958
5/17/1988 Jim Booth

605 part of four unit order 605_608. MLW 83274 5/1960

610 part of three unit order 609_611 MLW 83282 6/1962 Jim Booth

RS-18 612 (ex 598) one of 29 units MLW 83304 6/1962 with slug 408.

PGE 618 MLW 84821 9/1964

620 part of 8 unit order (619-626) RS-18 MLW 84831 3/1965 North Van. 6/12/1986

632 acq. 7/1972 (ex L&HR 26) C-420 de-rated 1800 HP chop nose Alco 3431-04 1/1966
Note: 631 behind is ex LHR 25. 8/24/1996 Prince George

632 "mother" with yard slug S-401 (ex 564 RS-3) rebuilt Squamish 4/1981 first of 10 slugs.
Note: 564 fire 8/18/1980 Beatton, BC.

RCL 682 (remote control locomotive) Unique cabless MLW M420B 2000 hp model built only for BCR.
RCL 681 - RCL 688 M420B Locotrol with dynamic braking. MLW M6068-02 6/1975
An earlier order for 8 of these units (640-647) without Locotrol was built in 1973
and a follow up 4 unit order (648-651) cancelled in 1975.

Note the V switch indicator.

The switch is a "semi automatic" can be trailed through without lining it for the route. They are not a spring switch and must be lined by hand for a facing point move. Numerous rules applied to these switches and mostly used in yards and on yard leads. The V indicated that is was a semi automatic switch and the V also indicated that the route was lined for the diverging route.

Doug Lawson, retired BC Rail hogger.


M630

705 M630 five unit order (705-709) MLW M6044-1 12/1970 North Vancouver August 12,1975
T.C.Caughman/Sid Vaught Collection
Retired and traded in 6/28/1990. Rebuilt xxxx GECX 5000.

706 diesel shop North Vancouver 7/18/1986 Note lack of zig-zag paint.

713 Seven unit order (710-716 last PGE) MLW M6055-4 12/1971
Williams Lake July 1989.

716 still lettered for PGE, it was last PGE unit.
North Vancouver August 12,1975 T.C.Caughman/Sid Vaught Collection

721 (six unit order 717-722) M-630 MLW M-6067-5 12/1972
North Vancouver August 12,1975 T.C.Caughman/Sid Vaught Collection


 

O&W 9956 (became 749) one of eight SD40-2's acquired 5/1987 from Shamrock Coal operator of unit coal trains in US.
EMD 786246-4 9/1979 Jim Booth NOTE: Oneida & Western was not a railroad. It was just a fictitious name.


751-767 (17 units) one order only. GMD A3945 9/1980
751 (751-756 and 767) equipped with Locotrol master.
757-762 equipped for Locotrol remote.
763-765 Pacesetter equipped.

759 with Locotrol remote. Behind is 728 in new BC Rail paint scheme. Diesel shop North Vancouver 7/18/1986

761_762_752_757 on shop track North Van diesel shop. August 6, 1981.
Part of 12 unit order (751-762) SD40-2 9-10/1980.
Note: 751-756 Locotrol master; 757-762 remote.


 

801 acq. 4/01/1976 (ex E-L 2451 first of 12 units 2451-2462) C425 DL640B 2500 HP Alco 3392-01 10/1964
801 and 812 modified to 2200 HP. Note: Erie-Lackawanna defaulted equipment trust 9/01/1975.
Repossessed 3/1976 by Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, New York, NY.
Bought for $60,000 each.
Genesee Valley Transportation see subsequent owners below.

1001 switching BC-10 One of three unit.order. DL-811. 1001 built without m.u. later added. MLW 82548 1/1959
North Vancouver 6/12/1986

Notes: DL-811 is road switcher specification with transition although this order has yard trucks instead of road trucks.
Standard yard unit is DL-411 without transition and with yard trucks. 1002, 1003 built with m.u. for heavy yard work.
1001-1003 renumbered 2/1987 501-503. All retired 5/1988 501, 503 sold 1989 GWWD.

1002 S-13 1000 HP m.u. DL-811 MLW 82549 1/1959 North Vancouver 8/15/1981 Charles Stookey
Re# 502 2/1987 Sold 3/1992 Vancouver Wharves 827 Resold 1997 OSR 502

1004 Originally acquired for parts but found to be in good working order. Purchased 1971.
Re# 6/1972 ex ALX D-1 leased 5/1969 from Alco. (traded-in 11/1968 by Columbia & Cowlitz D-1)
Had been considered for conversion to a slug for Quesnel yard.
Sold 5/1975 and resold for scrap 11/1975.
North Vancouver, circa 8/1974.

D-1 (ex Columbia & Cowlitz D-1) H10-44 1000 hp F-M 10L174 5/1949
North Vancouver June 1969 Grant Will/Stan Smaill collection

 


Remote Control Cars

RCC 1 acq. 1969 converted from ex SP&S 210 B unit. ALCO FB-1 78288 12/1950 Included living quarters.
North Vancouver August 12,1975 T.C.Caughman/Sid Vaught Collection

RCC 2 acq. 11/1970 (ex CN 6854 nee 6810) FB2 MLW 81186 4/1955

RCC 3 ac. 7/1971 (ex CP 4455) CFB16-4 CLC 2722 4/1953 Prince George 6/1981 Doug Lawson

RCC 4 acq. 1971 ex CP 4456 CFB16-4 CLC 2723 4/1953
North Vancouver September 1978 Stan Smaill

RCC 6 acq. 12/1972 (ex BN 621 nee GN 307B) F7B EMD 16087 4/1952
Prince George 6/1981 Doug Lawson

 

It is interesting to compare the carbody styles and trucks of the ALCO, CLC and EMD units.

Note: All ten other CLC B units were converted by CP to robot cars.


BC Rail effective June 19, 1984

Red white and blue were the colours of the Social Credit Party (Socred) of the provincial government.

RS-18's were re-engined 1991-1996 with 2075 HP Caterpillar.

601:2nd at Chetwynd 8/24/1996
Note: 601 wrecked 10/17/1983 Prince George. Rebuilt 1984/10/12 wih frame 583 an RS-3.

601 in special paint scheme for Pacific Starlight Dinner Train. North Vancouver 4/11/1999

602 North Vancouver 5/23/2000

603 Chetwynd 7/22/2000

604 Quesnel 7/06/2004

606

BCR 609 (ex 595) MLW RS-18 (83281 6/1962) re-engined with 2075 HP Caterpillar.
Fresh out of the backshop at Squamish 5/06/1990 M.S.Repp

Eight unit order (640-647) M-420 2000 HP new style cab. MLW M6068-02 9/1973
Note: Further 4 unit order M6087 cancelled 7/1975.

Sold 3/1997: 642, 645 to GVT Gennesee Valley Transportation.
Sold: 3/2003 641, 644, 646, 647 to OSR.
See Subsequent Owners below.

644_687_685_641 an A-B-B-A consist at Fort St. James 8/25/1996.
Note: Both 644 and 641 sold 3/2003 to OSR.

646 at Squamish 7/23/1998. Sold OSR.

722 last of six unit order (717-722) M-630 MLW M-6067-6 with 746 (ex O&W)
RGM-1 rail grinder train on next track.

Second unit (723-730 eight units) with new style cab. MLW M6074-2 10/1973

First unit 751-767 (17 units) one order only. GMD A3945 9/1980

Note: 751 in original BCOL paint scheme in section above.

Two views of 767 last unit of order.

 

1003 S-13 1000 HP m.u. DL-811 (transition) MLW 82550 1/1959
Re# 503 2/1987 Retired 5/1988 sold 10/1989 GWWD 201.
Diesel shop North Vancouver 7/18/1986


4601-4622 (22 units) GE Dash 8-40CM 4400 HP 4/1990
Universal Locotrol II lead or remote. Weight 395,000 lbs.
Upgraded from 4000 hp to 4400 HP and Dash 9 specs. 1996-

4610_3623_4614 North Van 7/8/2001 GE 46306 4/1990

4603 North Vancouver 10/06/2000

4604 North Vancouver 7/19/1997

4608 North Vancouver 4/18/2000

4610 Prince George 8/25/1996

 

4619 Prince George July 9, 2002

4621 Southbound from Prince George at North Vancouver 5/15/2000.

3623 (ex HLCX 6708 nee CR 6608) C36-8 Upgraded from C30-7 GE 41634 11/1997
3621-3626 (6 units) acquired 1999.


4641-4644 GE Dash 9-44CWL 4400 HP
Universal Locotrol II lead or remote.
Weight 387,000 lbs.


 

Electric locomotives

6002 part of seven unit order (6001-6007) GMD A4341 11/1983
Brand new out of GMD London enroute to BC for the short-lived
electrified subdivision to Tumbler Ridge coal mine.

 


Canadian National Railway acquired long-term lease of BC Rail operations July 15, 2004.
The right-of-way itself remains in ownerhip of the province of British Columbia.

4618 Fraser Mills (CN/CP Interchange). Coquitlam 3/12/2005

Prince George July 7, 2007


4645-4654 10 units Dash 9-44CW equipped with distributed power.

4645 GE 52602 8/2000. Port Coquitlam 8/30/2008

 


Subsequent owners:

General Electric Leasing

Genesee Valley Transportation

Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern

Ontario Southland

OSR roster 501, 502, 641-647.

 

MacMillan Bloedel, Harmac 1012(2nd) acq. 1956 (ex PGE 551) GE 65-ton 29951 6/1948
Vancouver 12/24/1986 Preserved WCRA Squamish

LASCO 1, GE 70-tonner #30440 2/1950 ex PGE 556 acq. 1/1965. Bathurst St. Yard Toronto 3/29/1985 likely on the way to a contract shop where it would get re-engined with 600 hp Cummins diesel replacing original 600 hp Cooper-Bessemer.
Ron Lipsett/Jack Smith/Don Elliot Collections.

Note: LASCO 1 acquired 1/1997 (privately owned) for SOLRS/St.Thomas Central.


General Electric Leasing

GE undertook a locomotive rebuilding project wherein modern GE Dash 7 electrical equipment was put in
MLW units with 251 model prime movers. 5 C-630 and 24 M-630 were traded-in by BC Rail to GE in 1990-1991.
One demonstrator unit GECX 5000 (ex BCOL 707) was sent around the USA and Mexico.
No orders resulted and the program was ended. Stored for years at Erie is in operation again!

705 enroute to GE, Erie, Pa. Traded-in 7/11/1990.

GECX 5000 M-630-S7 remanufactured by GE. December 1992. San Antonio, Texas. Likely enroute to Mexico.

5000 trailing on NS train Dunfee, IN. 1/22/1995


Delaware-Lackawanna

DL 3000 in new paint scheme. Portland, PA 9/29/2016

DL 3000 on first trip in new paint scheme. This angle shows Pocono Mountain Route and emblem.
9/22/2016 East Stroudsburg, PA.


HELM Leasing

HLCX 6205 Bensenville, IL 2/09/1999


Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern

MHWA 2042 (ex 642) acq. 1999 ex BCOL 642 M-420W MLW M6068-03 9/1973
9/01/2013 Scranton, Pa.

MHWA 642 later renumbered 2042 (see above) Carthage, NY Joel Hance scan collection

MHWA 2045 acq. 3/1997 (nee BCOL 645) M-420W M6060-06 10/1973
9/01/2013 Scranton, Pa.

MHWA 2456 (ex BCOL 806 nee EL 2456) acq. 4/1991 C-425 2500 HP Alco 3392-06 10/1964

Note: GVT bought 1992 803. 4/1991 804, 805, 806. 7/1993 802, 811


National of Mexico

Ferrocarril National de Mexico

FNM 721 (ex BCR 721) Mexicali, Mexico 12/20/1994.

FNM 722 (nee BCOL 722) with ex SBC 2305 in ex SBC yard in Mexicali, Mexico. 5/30/1993

From another angle 722 and 2305 coupled to 730 and likely 713 (below).

FNM 713 (nee PGE 713) same date and place.


 

 

 

 

 



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