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BC Rail BCOL
(June 19, 1984)

British Columbia Railway BCOL
(
April 1, 1972)

Pacific Great Eastern PGE

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


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 C-C 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.

601 with slug S-401

603 with chopped nose. 5/17/1988 Jim Booth
Note: All RS-18 built with low nose except 601-604.

Jim Booth

RS-18 612 (ex 598) one of 29 units 1800 hp 65 mph MLW 83304 6/1962 with slug 408.
Note: All RS-18 built with low nose except 601-604.

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 with yard slug S-401 (ex 564 RS-3) rebuilt Squamish 4/1981 first of 10 slugs.

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.

713 Seven unit order (710-716 last PGE) MLW M6055-4 12/1971
North Vancouver 6/12/1986

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.


 

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.

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

 


 

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 4 acq. 1971 ex CP 4456 CFB16-4 CLC 2723 4/1953
One of two B unit bodies acquired from CP including 4455.
North Vancouver September 1978 Stan Smaill

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

Note: All RS-18 built with low nose except 601-604.

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

 

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.


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

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.

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.

 


Subsequent owners:

General Electric Leasing

Genesee Valley Transportation

Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern


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

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.


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.


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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